Dental Hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team and to provide tailored dental care to patients.
They are mainly concerned with preventative dental health and treatment of 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 (usually called a ‘scale and polish'). However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque, the sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Hygienists also give advice about diet and about preventing tooth decay. You will be advised on the best brushing technique and methods of cleaning in between the teeth.
Dental Hygienists are now permitted to treat patients without a prior examination by a dentist. This means that we can welcome patients who only want to see our Dental Hygienist without having to have an examination with a dentist beforehand. If our Hygienist feels that you would benefit from a dental examination by a dentist, you will be advised of this.