Dental hygienists/therapists are specially trained to work alongside the dental surgeon in providing care for patients. Most Dental Hygienists are also qualified as a Dental Therapist, which means they can also carry out some dental procedures.
As Dental Hygienists are mainly concerned with “preventative” dental health and treating of gum disease, their main role is to clean your teeth at a professional standard which is usually called a “scale and polish”. They will also show and advise you how to take care of your gums and teeth at home with a personalised oral health care routine.
The Hygienist/Therapist will remove the calculus (tartar) build up from your teeth and then advise you on how to prevent the calculus reforming. This will be information regarding the correct toothbrush to use, interdental cleaning and any other special preventative measures. This will go a long way to slowing down and preventing the effects of gum disease.
Dietary advice and preventive treatments on teeth will slow down the rate at which teeth decay and will keep your mouth healthy which will reduce the need for restorative treatments such as fillings.
Dental therapists carry out all the work that a Dental Hygienist does. Alongside this, they do have extended duties and can perform some preventative and restorative treatments on prescription from the dental surgeon such as small fillings and extractions of baby teeth.
Dental Hygienists/Therapists are also qualified to take x-rays, apply fluoride varnishes, place fissure sealants and carry out tooth whitening under prescription from the Dental Surgeon.
The Dental Hygienist is able to spend longer with the patient and is expertly trained to discuss your oral health in more depth.
Visiting the Dental Hygienist in-between your Dental check-up will mean that your gums and teeth are monitored more often which will help provide you with the best possible oral health care and preventative care for your teeth. We recommend our patients see our hygienist
Gum disease is a painless condition caused by a build-up of plaque on teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria. If you don’t effectively remove the plaque from your teeth whilst brushing, it builds up and irritates the gums. This can lead to redness, bleeding, swelling and soreness.
Complications of gum disease.
If you have untreated gum disease it can develop into periodontitis, this can lead to further complications such as receding gums, loose teeth, loss of teeth or gum abscesses.