Do you know that person who cleans your teeth before you visit with the dentist? That is your dental hygienist. However, people often forget the importance the dental hygienist plays in your routine dental check. Most people assume that if they have no reason to visit the dentist him/herself, then there is no need to make an appointment. Wrong. Dental hygienists play a massive role in your oral health. For example, they help prevent gum disease, excessive plaque build-up and much more, making it so important to see them regularly.
So the question still remains, how often should you be visiting your dental hygienist?
The general rule of thumb is twice a year. This is also the standard for most dental insurance companies, which means that your extra visit for the year shouldn’t cost you any extra out of pocket. Now, of course, as it goes for physical health, everyone’s oral health is different, meaning your dentist/dental hygienist may suggest more or less than the twice a year standard for you.
Why twice a year? What is my dental hygienist doing for my oral health in these appointments?
Everyone has bacteria in their mouth that causes plaque build-up. By having your teeth professionally cleaned, you are getting rid of the bacteria that causes this build-up and also preventing it from getting worse and calcifying in your mouth. Besides being professional plaque removers, your dental hygienist knows how to spot early warning signs of things such as cavities, gum disease and even oral cancer. It is important to not only have your teeth cleaned but to make sure you are staying on top of the current state of your oral health.
To make an appointment with a dental hygienist today, call Gulf Coast Dental!