The dental hygienist’s main priority is to save teeth. They do this by showing you how to keep your teeth and gums healthy so that you can avoid gum disease.
Gum disease can give you bad breath. It can cause your gums to bleed and be painful and is the major cause of tooth loss. Gum disease may also increase your risk of other serious health conditions such as heart disease and strokes. In most cases, gum disease is treatable and preventable.
The dental hygienist will treat gum disease, but most importantly, will teach you an oral hygiene routine to make sure you can take good care of your teeth at home.