A Dental Hygienist works alongside a dentist as part of our team.
Our hygienists can formulate an individual cleaning regime tailored to your specific needs.
The hygienist will also help remove and keep away the causative factors associated with gum disease (plaque, calculus etc).
They will give advice on preventing problems and can also provide preventative treatments e.g. fissure sealants.
They measure, treat and monitor any gum problems and provide advice accordingly.
It is important to emphasize the dental hygienists role in your dental care. This essential aspect of your dental care is provided by our hygienists. The major cause of tooth loss in the UK is gum disease. This is a preventable and treatable disease, providing that you have the necessary support. Regular visits to the Hygienist can prevent and treat gum disease, gingivitis, and bad breath. Your hygienist will also professionally clean your teeth- this is often called ‘scaling and polishing’.
Changing brushing habits alone can often reverse gum problems.
All of our patients are screened for periodontal problems and advised according to their individual needs.
Signs to watch out for:
- Bleeding Gums: Spontaneous or when you brush your teeth. The presence of blood when you rinse after brushing and blood on your tooth brush are signs that should not be ignored. Smoking can mask these signs.
- Red Gums: Redness of the gums is a sign of problems and that the body is reacting to the bacterial build up. Healthy gums are naturally pink.
- Gum shrinkage: The gum overlying the tooth starts to recede and the teeth appear longer.
- Loosening of your teeth: This usually happens at an advanced stage.
- Other signs – Bad breath, scale accumulation, unpleasant taste, shiny gums and stained / moving teeth.
Role of hygienist
- Prevention and maintenance
- Diet advice re tooth decay
- Fissure sealants
- Monitor gum health and advice
- Oral hygiene instruction
- Help with maintaining a healthy mouth
- Interdental cleaning
- Stain removal
- Regular brushing (2 x daily for 3 minutes).
- Massage your gums with your tooth brush.
- Use a good quality tooth brush and change it regularly.
- Clean between your teeth i.e. floss or interdental brushes.
- Have your periodontal health screened regularly- as provided by our hygienist.
- Report any signs of periodontal disease to your dentist as soon as possible.
- Use professional help available for maintenance regularly (hygienist).