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3 Questions to Ask Your Dental Hygienist

3 Questions to Ask Your Dental Hygienist  Are you due for your dental cleaning? Here are three questions to ask your dental hygienist at your next appointment.   
  • How do my gums look? 
Gum health is one of the most important parts of oral hygiene. Healthy gums support the structure of your teeth and prevent bacteria build up around the base of each tooth.  If your gums aren’t healthy, you might experience gingivitis, a mild condition in which your gums become irritated and swell. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis. This is a serious infection that can cause tooth loss and other serious issues.    As with most things, it’s always easier to prevent gum disease than to treat it. Be proactive about your gum health by checking in with your hygienist. He or she can give you an honest assessment of how your gums look. And, if you are at risk for any gum conditions, both your hygienist and dentist will be able to give you personalized tips to help keep your mouth healthy.   
  • Any spots I’m missing? 
While you’re at it, there’s no shame in asking for a little toothbrushing evaluation from your hygienist, too. Our hygienists at Norge Dental Center are kind and friendly, so there’s no reason to be embarrassed—even if you know your technique could use a little work.    We all have a natural way of holding a toothbrush, depending on which hand is dominant. Because of this, most people tend to give some teeth a little more TLC than others.  Your hygienist will be able to quickly spot the teeth that regularly get overlooked. Identifying those areas sooner rather than later will help you prevent problems down the road.   
  • How can I brush better? 
As silly as it sounds, brushing your teeth the right way can be challenging. Bad brushing techniques can damage your gums and tooth structure or let things like plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth. Ask your hygienist to teach you the right way to brush your teeth so you can begin to undo poor brushing habits now.     Your hygienist can also recommend a good toothbrush for you based on your age and mobility. Sometimes a better brushing routine is simply a matter of finding the best tools for your needs. A different shape or style of toothbrush could be just what you need to step up your brushing game.    Need to schedule an appointment for you or a family member? Give us a call or fill out our contact form to book a time that’s convenient for you. Our dental hygienists and staff are ready to help you reach your best possible smile.   
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