- Hygienists can clean your teeth professionally
- Hygienists offer great advice on how to keep your mouth healthy
- Oral hygiene is essential if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry
Q: Why might I need an appointment with the hygienist?
A: The hygienist is the member of the team that can give you the best available advice on your oral hygiene. This is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy mouth, and so the expertise of the hygienist is highly valuable to the practice and our patients.
Q: What is the role of the hygienist?
A: The job of the hygienist is to promote oral health by delivering the best possible advice and relevant treatments. Their role makes a massive contribution, as it involves education and encouragement for patients in taking the correct care of their teeth and gums so that potential oral health issues do not arise.
Q: Are there any treatments that the hygienist is allowed to perform?
A: The treatments than can be performed by the hygienist include the scale and polish, and applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants.
Q: What is a scale and polish?
A: One way of describing the scale and polish treatment is to refer to your teeth as being 'professionally cleaned' by the hygienist. As part of this treatment, the hygienist will typically also offer general advice on the best ways to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Q: What is a fissure sealant?
A: Typically, the fissure sealant treatment is performed on younger people, and involves applying a protective coating to the teeth in order to protect them from decay.