Maintenance / hygienist
What is the role of a dental hygienist?
1 – Removal of calculus (tartar) from teeth. This is a technique called scaling and polishing, and is acheived using hand instruments and ultrasonics.
2 – Treatment of gum disease (gingivitis or peridontal disease). This is caused by plaque, which is a sticky biofilm of bacteria. If left untreated, the gums can bleed and swell and it ultimately results in tooth loss.
3 – Teaching good oral hygiene techniques, individually tailored to the patient’s needs.
There is now increasing evidence of a link between gum disease and heart disease and strokes.
Hygienists can also apply fissure sealants, and even take dental x-rays; but their main role is to give advice on the best ways to look after your dental health and avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental hygienists are experts in teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. They can discuss your diet, suggest ways to improve and maintain your oral health, and even advise you on ways you can give up smoking, a habit which has been proven to be very damaging to teeth and gums.
Regular visits to one of our dental hygienists will ensure your teeth stay stronger and healthier for longer.