What is a Dental Hygienist?
Dental Hygienists 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 Dental Hygienist 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.
Hygienists 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 Hygienist, together with the Dentist, will examine the mouth and develop an individual course of treatment.
3. Scaling and polishing of teeth. The Hygienist 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 Dental Hygienist 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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