What can a dental hygienist do
16 Jun 2021

What can a dental hygienist do for you?

Tooth decay and gum disease are prevalent oral health issues, affecting many people, but most people lose their teeth to gum disease. However, these common dental issues are easily preventable. With proper care and preventive measures from a dental hygienist, you can avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental conditions.

Who is a dental hygienist?

A dental hygienist is a dental health professional who examines a patient’s teeth and soft tissues in the mouth for signs of oral diseases, such as gingivitis. Hygienists also provide preventive dental care and advise on the best way to take proper care of the teeth.

What are the services of a dental hygienist?

Dental hygienists provide different dental cleaning and hygiene services. Some of these services include:

  • Assessing a patient’s dental health and reporting the result of the assessment to the dentist
  • Removing plaque, tartar, and stains on the teeth
  • Applying sealants and fluorides to prevent a bacterial attack on the teeth
  • Taking and developing dental scans and x-rays
  • Advising the patients on their oral health and the different brushing techniques, like flossing and brushing correctly. Adhering to the advice can help prevent gum and periodontal disease

Hygiene treatments and services

During your first appointment with the dental hygienist, you would have a teeth examination. The hygienist will recommend the right treatment to prevent plaque accumulation on the teeth.

Common treatments and services provided by dental hygienist include:

  • A basic dental hygiene visit

A basic dental hygiene visit involves professional teeth polishing and scaling. This procedure removes tartar deposits and plaque on the teeth to ensure healthy gums and teeth and better overall oral health.

Stain removal and advanced hygiene with airflow

This procedure involves the dental hygienist using manual and ultrasonic instruments to remove accumulated tartar on the gums and teeth, then carrying out advanced level polishing known as Airflow.

Airflow combines natural salt particles (natrium bicarbonate), water, and steam of air to clean the teeth and remove stains. It is an effective procedure for eliminating food remnants in gum margins, interdental areas, and inaccessible areas where bacteria and plaque can hide. Airflow is safe, painless, and quick.

  • Deep scaling (treatment for gingivitis under local anaesthesia)

After your oral examination, your dentist may recommend a deep scaling of your gums and teeth. This treatment enables cleaning out bacteria and other deposits under the gums. Deep scaling is a suitable treatment forpeople who are susceptible to periodontal diseases.

  • Laser-assisted classical periodontal therapy

Dental hygienists carryout this treatment alongside other standard gum treatment procedures. It helps in disinfecting and removing bacteria after plaque removal. Laser-assisted periodontal treatment is an anti-inflammatory and non-invasive treatment that ensures the teeth are healthy.

  • Localised antimicrobial

Localised antimicrobial treatment focuses on treating non-responding areas after periodontal disease treatment. It also treats the persistent pockets of plaques. Dentists recommend this treatment after laser treatment, and mechanical treatment has not given the desired result. 

Importance of your oral health

The body is complex with interconnected organs. Research has shown that periodontal diseases and other dental conditions are linkedto different general conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Bad oral health does not only affect your teeth but your general health as well. Good oral hygiene can eliminate bad breath, which is a common dental condition. A fresh and clean breath helps boost your self-confidence and allows you to engage freely with people.

How to prevent oral diseases and oral health

Gum disease is a common dental condition in the UK. Its symptoms include swelling, bleeding, and inflammation of the gums. Dental hygienists help to preventgum disease by educating patients on ways to improve their oral hygiene.

The following dental care tips can help prevent gum disease and improve your oral health;

  • Avoid smoking as tobacco products stain the teeth
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy
  • Increase your daily intake of calcium, vitamin D, and C
  • Brush and floss regularly

If you need a dental hygienist to prevent dental issues, clean your teeth, and ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy, visit this website. Alternatively, contact us now on 020 3137 5055to schedule a dental hygienist appointment.

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