During your dental examination with us the dentist will make an assessment of the state of your teeth and gums and will consider the most appropriate treatment required from the dental hygienist.
Why do I need a hygienist?
The dentist will recommended that you have treatment from the dental hygienist because you have one or more of the following:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Plaque and tartar deposits
- Stained teeth
- Bad breath
- Bad taste
- Gum recession
- Teeth drifting apart
- Loose teeth
- Decayed/infected teeth
These are all signs of gingivitis, periodontal disease (gum disease) or caries (tooth decay). The former particularly is a common problem amongst most adults and it is easily arrested with help from the dental hygienist. However if left untreated it will steadily progress towards tooth loss or necessitate further more expensive treatment, often by a specialist.
What does the treatment involve?
The Oral Hygienist will thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth above and below (if necessary) your gums to remove all soft and hard deposits, which have built up. She will advise you on the most suitable method of brushing and cleaning between your teeth and the equipment you need to carry out adequate oral hygiene and in doing so restore your mouth to a healthy state.
Making an appointment
Appointments with the Hygienist are booked in 30-45 minute sessions. Most patients are completed in one session and advised on what intervals any maintenance visits will be required. However more progressed periodontal disease may require more time and the Hygienist will advise after looking in your mouth and assessing the progression of the disease as to the number and frequency of appointments necessary.
Experience and expertise
A visit to the Oral Hygienist is an investment in the future health and longevity of your teeth. With regular visits to the Oral Hygienist not only will your dental health improve (resulting in less fillings and treatments etc) but in the long run by cutting down on your dental disease and tooth loss you will be saving money on your dental bills.
Cleaner, healthier, better looking teeth, now that’s something to smile about!