Hygienist services

Hygienist services

WHAT IS THE HYGIENISTS ROLE IN THE PRACTICE?
The hygienist’s main role is to provide professional cleaning of the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps their most important role is the education of the patient in the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque. Our hygienist’s work closely with the dentist’s and Nurses to provide care tailored to your needs.

WHY IS THIS TREATMENT IMPORTANT?
Regular professional cleaning combined with your home care will help maintain a healthy mouth. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you keep your teeth and give you fresh breath. Poor gum health is now known to be related to heart problems later in life.

CAN A HYGIENIST HELP PREVENT DENTAL DISEASE?
The training of the hygienist is centred around preventing dental disease (Gum disease and tooth decay). Carefully removing the deposits that build up on the teeth (tartar) and teaching you how to prevent it reforming again, will go a long way to slowing the progress of gum disease. By discussing your diet and recommending other preventive measure your decay rate can also be reduced. Remember prevention is free – you do it yourself!

WILL THE TREATMENT HURT?
Scaling and polishing is usually pain-free. However, if you do experience some discomfort the hygienist can eliminate this with the use of topical anaesthetic creams or by giving you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the hygienist know at the time so that some pain control can be given.

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