A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health, typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene.
The hygienist is able to perform a number of procedures including deep cleaning, scaling and root planing for patients with advanced gum disease (periodontal disease), dental sealants, administration of fluoride, and provide instructions for good oral hygiene and care.
Their main focus is to ensure that you are given the tools to keep your teeth free of plaque.
Benefits of Visiting the Hygienist.
- Demonstrates effective tooth brushing technique – remove plaque without causing tooth wear and receding gums.
- Advises on the best aid to clean in between teeth – this ensures that you clean the 40% of the tooth surfaces that brushing alone misses.
- Treats and prevents periodontal disease – this ensures that you are able to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
- Removes plaque and hard (calculus) deposits – this helps to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease.