Dental hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist in providing care to the patient. They play an important role in dental healthcare and are mainly concerned with gum health, education in correct home care and the application of preventive materials to the teeth and the gums.
The hygienist’s main role is to provide professional cleaning of the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps their most important role is the education of cleaning at home in the best way to keep free of plaque. The hygienist will work with your dentist to provide care tailored to your needs.
Regular professional cleaning combined with your home care will help maintain a healthy mouth. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
The training of a hygienist is centred on preventing dental disease. Carefully removing the deposits that build up on your teeth (tartar) and teaching you how to prevent it reforming again, will go a long way to slowing the process of gum disease. By discussing your diet and recommending other preventive measures your decay rate can also be reduced.
Treatment is offered at this practice as a private contract. It is important to establish the cost before you start. This should easily be done as a written quotation.
To keep your healthy smile, it is important to visit your dentist or hygienist regularly, clean your teeth regularly and thoroughly, and stick to a healthy diet.
Good dental health begins with you. By following this simple routine, you can keep your mouth clean and healthy:
- Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
- Have sugary drinks and snacks less often and avoid them in between meals.
- Use a small to medium size toothbrush.
- Use a toothbrush with soft to medium multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles. There are a good range of electric toothbrushes on the market. Please ask us for more information.
- Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Spit but do not rinse your mouth afterwards.
- Use small circular movements to clean your teeth.
- Change your toothbrush regularly.
- Clean between your teeth using dental floss, interdental brushes or wood sticks. We have a good range of products for sale. Please check with your hygienist.
- Visit your dentist at least once a year.
- Look out for products with the British Dental Health Foundation logo.