Visits to the dental hygienist are often overlooked by patients or substituted for visits to the dentist. Visits to the dental hygienist are vital in maintaining a healthy mouth, and your dental hygienist’s role differs from your dentist’s.

Patient getting her gum pocket depth measured with periodontal probe held by dental hygienist examining progression of periodontal disease. Dental hygiene periodontal disease prevention concept.

  • Perform a deep clean of your teeth to remove the build up of plaque and tartar coating your teeth.
  • Offer advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • What kind of tools to use at home to ensure you are maintaining a healthy dental routine?
  • Perform certain injections such as sedative injections?
  • Carry our treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatment.

 

Why should I look after my dental hygiene?

Your mouth is your body’s gateway and 90% of all systemic diseases produce oral symptoms – the state of your mouth is a good indicator for your overall health. An unhealthy mouth can increase your chances of heart disease and heart attacks.

 

How often should I visit the hygienist?

Regular visits to the dental hygienist mean you are more likely to rule out any unpleasant dental health issues as they can be caught early. Bacteria build up on your teeth on a daily basis and your gums make up the foundation of your teeth, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. It may be that your hygienist notices a subtle change that you may not – keeping on top of such changes is important.

 

Your dentist works in conjunction with your dental hygienist so that their assessments do not clash and so that they can inform one another of developments in their respective fields.

 

Every appointment is different as each patient is treated as an individual, therefore the course of treatment or check-up is bespoke. The services performed by the dental hygienist depend on the state of your oral health.

 

Your dentist’s role differs from your dental hygienist’s role. Dentists possess more training across a broader range of fields, acting as a GP for your teeth. A dental hygienist’s knowledge is not as broad as a dentist’s though they are specialists in their field. Dental hygienists are specially trained in preventative dental care.

If you would like to book an appointment with our dental hygienist, please do not hesitate to contact us.