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Dental Hygienist

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

A dental hygienist is specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease, which is the main cause of adult tooth loss. They will give you advice on all aspects of oral health.

What will the hygienist do?

  • Give oral health advice and instruction.
  • Demonstrate effective tooth brushing techniques.
  • Discuss the lastest oral hygiene products.
  • Detailed explanation, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease.
  • Removal of plaque and calculus deposits.
  • Discuss secondary factors that cause periodontal disease.
  • Give diet advice.
  • Advice on fluoride and apply fluoride varnishes to help remineralise early signs of tooth caries.
  • Polish the teeth to remove stains.
  • Help make the mouth healthier by changing the gums from red and inflammed to a healthy pink, stop gums bleeding, prevent teeth from becoming mobile and drifting and help prevent bad breath.

Sometimes the presence of periodontitis reflects that a systemic illness is occuring, such as Diabetes, Mellitus, White cell disorders and Coronary heart disease. Therefore it is essential to be aware of how healthy your gums are.

How long is the appointment?

The appointments are usually 30 minutes long, but this can differ depending on the treatment required.

What is the cost?

Treatment with the hygienist is a private service and costs £45 for a 30min appointment.

Will it hurt?

A scale and polish is usually painless. If you experience any discomfort, the hygienist can use anaesthetic creams and solutions.

Can the dentist do the same treatment?

The dentists don’t have the amount of time to carry out the work of a hygienist. Therefore they recommend an appointment with the hygienist who has been specially trained in treatment and prevention of periodontitis and who has the time and equipment to give you the best treatment.

What other treatments does a hygienist offer?

Other treatments include airflow, which is an advanced stain removal service. They are also able to offer whitening treatments. For more information, ask your dentist or hygienist.

How often should i see a hygienist?

We generally recommend seeing the hygienist every 6 months, however for some people this can be too much or too little. The hygienist will advise each individual the best plan for them.