Adults who neglect their teeth and who let plaque build up, often develop infections in the delicate tissue around their teeth which result in bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
The benefits of regular checkups are that these sorts of problems are detected early, and therefore your treatment is likely to be a lot easier, cheaper and less complex than waiting till you need emergency dental care.
The role of a hygienist
A hygienist has been specially trained to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and therefore plays an important role in preventive dentistry.
The hygienist will professionally and thoroughly clean (scale and polish) a patient’s teeth and can usually spend longer with you than a dentist. Perhaps their most important role is to educate and show patients the best way to keep their teeth free of plaque and prevent tooth decay. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth.
The hygienist works in conjunction with a dentist to give you dental care that is tailored to your needs. Often the hygienist will spend a number of appointments getting the gums healthy and ready for the dentist to restore the teeth with crowns and fillings.