A dental hygienist is a highly-trained professional who acts as the first line of defence in the fight against painful and debilitating dental problems. Their role in modern dentistry goes far beyond the traditional “scale and polish” which many still believe to be the extent of their usefulness!
As part of the dental healthcare team, the focus of the hygienist is to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and general health problems, like heart disease and diabetes, which are related to these oral conditions.
The dentist can repair your teeth, but regular visits to a hygienist will help prevent damage to teeth and gums occurring in the first place. Regular professional cleaning by a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar, helping to keep your mouth clean and healthy. This not only improves your appearance and ensures a brilliant smile, but helps you maintain your teeth in good condition as you age.
fA dental hygienist plays an important role as a dental therapist in a dental practice, supporting the dentist and orthodontist in the treatment of gum disease and damaged teeth. The hygienist ensures the patient has a periodontally healthy mouth before undergoing tooth restoration work or cosmetic dentistry, and after treatment supports the patient in maintaining the restorations to ensure they last as long as possible.
A modern dental practice like London Road Dental deems it imperative to have a professional dental hygienist as an integral part of the team, caring for your oral health.
Aside from their role as oral hygiene therapists, hygienists are also educators, ensuring patients know how to employ the best possible tools and methods for maintaining their oral health at home in between visits to the surgery. This involves guidance in things such as tooth brushing techniques, advice on diet, stopping smoking and other important information that impacts on the health of teeth and gums.
Dental hygienists are also qualified to recognise and monitor periodontal disease, apply materials like fluoride and fissure sealants to teeth, take dental radiographs, take teeth impressions, administer local anaesthetic and even perform non-surgical periodontal therapy.
The dental hygienist works in partnership with your dentist to keep you smiling! To book an appointment with a hygienist at London Road Dental call 01249 446568.