The Role of a Dental Hygienist
Teeth may be lost due to gum disease rather than tooth decay and during your dental check-up, as well as examining the health of your teeth, your dentist will assess the health of your gums and the standard of your oral hygiene.
If you show signs of gum disease or if it’s felt that you need advice on improving your oral hygiene, you’ll be referred to the one of the Parchment Street dental hygienists and together we can help you maintain a healthy mouth and confident smile.
Dental hygienists have undergone thorough training in dental hygiene and one of the key responsibilities of a dental hygienist is cleaning a patients’ teeth and ensuring everything is functioning correctly in the mouth.
Dental hygienist Visit
- Your dental hygienist will thoroughly examine teeth and gums to check for the presence of plaque and tartar as well as looking at the condition of your tooth enamel.
- The hygienist will examine the width of gaps between teeth in case there is evidence or risk of receding gums and this may indicate a referral to a periodontist for treatment.
- Removing the scale from your teeth (all the tartar and plaque) is one of the most important tasks carried out by the dental hygienist. Regular de-scaling is recommended to preserve the life-span of your tooth life by eliminating bacteria which could lead to tooth decay.
- Once the teeth have been de-scaled then the dental hygienist will give your teeth a thorough polish to help to keep them stain free and to make your teeth more resistant to the build-up of harmful bacteria.