Dental hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team and to give specialist care to patients. They play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The hygienist’s main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar.
However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Hygienists also give advice about diet and preventing tooth decay. They can also give you special advice for home care if you have dental implants or orthodontic appliances. The hygienist will work with your dental team to give you care that is tailored to your needs.
Regular professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, combined with looking after your teeth and gums properly at home, will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
You can do a lot to help yourself and the hygienist, as you are the one who looks after your mouth in between visits to the practice.
We recommend that you follow four simple steps to help keep your teeth and gums healthy:
1. Brush your teeth carefully last thing at night and at least one other time during the day.
2. Use a fluoride toothpaste, do not rinse your mouth out after brushing.
3. Cut down on how often you have sugary or acidic foods and drinks.
4. Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
Cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet and the number of times that you eat during the day can help to reduce decay. Your hygienist can help you by looking at your decay problem and your diet and by making some recommendations for you to consider.
You can now make online bookings to see the hygienist.