What is a Oral Health Therapist?
Oral Health Therapist are specially trained members of the dental team who work together with your Dentist to provide fully integrated dental care.
They play an important role in dental health, preventing dental disease by providing individual oral hygiene care and instructions to patients.
The Oral Health Therapist is also able to advise and offer the service of teeth whitening. For the range of services available look at our to our Services page.
Because we take your oral health very seriously, it is the policy of our practice that new patients who wish to have a scale and polish with our oral health therapist, also see one of our lovely dentists. This can either be prior to your hygiene appointment or at the same time if it can be arranged.
Oral Health Therapist perform four main functions:
1. Teaching patients oral hygiene techniques on an individual basis, with the help of an intra oral camera, X-xrays and demonstrations.
2. Evaluation and assessment of your periodontal (gum) tissue. In the treatment of both adults and children the Oral Health Therapist, together with the Dentist, will examine the mouth and develop an individual course of treatment.
3. Scaling and polishing of teeth. The Oral Health Therapist cleans teeth by removing plaque, calculus (tartar) and staining.
4. Application of decay prevention agents.
With individually taught home care techniques and regular maintenance your Oral Health Therapist can assist you to maintain your teeth for the rest of your life.
For those that find it particularly uncomfortable or in instances where more extensive cleaning is required, treatment under sedation is highly recommended.
In cases where standard periodontal care will not be sufficient, or extensive disease is detected we will refer to periodontal specialists.
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