Their main work is to professionally clean the patient’s teeth, called ‘scaling and polishing’ but their most important role is showing people the best way to keep their teeth free of plaque, the sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth.
They also give advice on diet and preventing dental decay. Hygienists are also on hand to remove stains on teeth that can build up from a busy lifestyle – such as smoking, red wine , tea, coffee etc.
They will also give you the knowledge on how you can be more efficient in cleaning at home so you are not waiting for your next hygiene visit to have your mouth feel cleaner.
When you go to visit your dental hygienist you will be given an initial score and assessment on the condition of your teeth and gums. Over the course of your treatment, each time you visit, we will assess your continuing teeth and gum condition against the initial score. You then be able to see if your dental hygiene and oral healthcare routine is improving over time. This provides an accurate way of measuring your oral healthcare and ensuring that you are staying healthy in the long term.