If you get the feeling that your teeth and gums are not as clean as they could be even though you have just brushed them, you are probably right. It is time to consult a dental hygienist. Plaque is a nearly colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth. Formed from salivary proteins, bacteria and partly digested food particles, it lies hidden in hard to reach places between your teeth and gums.
Plaque bacteria make your gums tender and swollen, which eventually leads to chronic gum disease. If left untreated, this can progress to the loss of the bone which holds the teeth firmly in the jaws. This can lead to loosening and loss of the affected teeth.
The bacteria showering into the bloodstream can weaken the immune system and are recognised as contributory factors in other health problems, especially in cardiovascular diseases.
People generally tend to see the hygienist more frequently than their dentist to experience the sense of refreshment and rejuvenation each visit brings. A dental hygienist would check the soft tissues of the mouth during every visit and they have a good chance to notice any abnormalities at very early stages. This can help in early diagnosis of many oral health complications such as oral cancer, where early diagnosis is vital.
You will now realise why it is so critical to thoroughly remove the dental plaque everyday by brushing and flossing your teeth. This prevents the buildup of calculus (tartar) and reverses gum inflammation and bleeding, leading to a healthy mouth and a healthier YOU.