Direct access to our Dental Hygienist
You can now see the Dental Hygienist without a Dental appointment
Dental Hygienists are permitted to treat patients without a prior examination by a dentist; this means that we can now welcome patients who only want to see our Dental Hygienist without having to register with the Dentist and have an examination beforehand. If our Dental Hygienist feels that you would benefit from a dental examination, you will be advised of this. We can help you make an appointment, speak to a member of the team today.
What is the role of a Dental Hygienist?
A Dental Hygienists primary role is to prevent and treat Gum Disease. Scale and polish treatments are carried out by a Dental Hygienist to prevent future dental problems and ensure your teeth and gums remain clean and healthy.
What is a scale and polish?
Scaling and Polishing is a process to remove a build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky substance made up of bacteria which builds up on your teeth over time. The bacteria feed on sugar from food and drink, producing acids. The acids attack the teeth by dissolving the minerals on the tooth surface which can lead to tooth decay. The hardened plaque then forms tartar.
Tartar helps the plaque to gather making it harder to remove when you brush. If plaque is allowed to build up, then the bacteria in it can cause gum disease. Tartar cannot be removed by just brushing, but a dentist or Hygienist can remove it using specialist instruments known as scaling.
A Hygienist will finally polish your teeth to remove any surface stains and making it more difficult for plaque to stick to your teeth.
Our Dental Hygienists offer preventative treatments. They can provide clinical advice on your diet and oral routine, showing you skills, techniques and tools to help you improve the health of your teeth and gums. It is important to keep regular appointments with your Hygienist to maintain your oral health and keep plaque at bay.
What is gum disease?
A build-up of plaque causes gum disease. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include; swelling, redness, soreness and bleeding during brushing. There are two primary forms of gum disease:
- Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, causing the symptoms described. Gingivitis if untreated can turn into Periodontal Disease, which affects the tissues supporting the teeth. Affected tissues can lead to the deterioration of the bone that teeth anchor to, and teeth become loose or fall out completely.
Periodontal disease causes more tooth loss than tooth decay, so you should ensure you maintain your daily routine of brushing and flossing to maintain good oral health.