So you go to the dentist every six months because it’s good for your teeth and good for your health. Your visits may seem to go the same, check-in, get your x-rays (if it’s time for x-rays), see your dentist, and your hygienist. Do you know what your hygienist is looking for? Let’s find out!
Dental Hygienists Want to Keep You Healthy!
In short, dental hygienists primary focus is finding and treating the smaller problems concerning your oral health. Smaller problems don’t mean less important, though! Your hygienist can learn a lot about your health in some interesting ways.
By examining your teeth and gums, your hygienist looks for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. Your exam is also the perfect time to look for any nodules or swellings in the oral cavity that could be present a greater threat to your health.
Check out these things you may not realize are going on during your check-up:
- Smelling your breath: Bad breath isn’t just unpleasant, it can be a red flag for dental problems! Halitosis can be a warning sign of gum disease, an infection, cavities, or even poorly fitted dental appliances like dentures.
- Checking the condition of your enamel: Enamel is the protective outer layer of your tooth, but it isn’t invincible. Cracks and chips in your enamel can be a sign that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep.
- Examine your tongue: The color and the condition of your tongue says a lot about your health. A healthy tongue should be pink, if your hygienist notices soreness or discoloration, it could indicate vitamin deficiencies or oral cancer. Good news! Cleaning your tongue daily while brushing your teeth promotes good tongue health!
Dental Hygiene is Good for Your Health!
Regular check-ups with your dental hygienist reduce your risk of:
- Heart disease
- Oral cancer
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Dental decay
- Bad breath
Yes, your dental hygienist is concerned with more than just brushing and flossing (although those are very important habits to keep)! Your hygienist cares about your health!
October is National Dental Hygienist Month! Why not call Twin Lakes Family Dental today to schedule your next cleaning and check-up? Your hygienist is excited to help you improve your health. Call us today!
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