A dental hygienist will help make sure your teeth are kept clean and your gums are well looked after, helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This is just as essential as visiting the dentist – you should be seeing a hygienist on a regular basis to keep your mouth healthy.

A visit with a hygienist will involve an examination of your teeth and gums, plus a thorough clean. If you have dental implants or crowns, the hygienist may adapt their approach slightly, or advise you to visit more often. They will then clean your teeth, and clean up into your gums – it may feel a little sore but it will really help to keep your gums clean.

You should also discuss your daily dental routine with your hygienist to ensure your teeth are properly looked after. They can ensure you are cleaning your teeth and using floss properly to be fully effective.