Taking care of your teeth is very important, and it s not only the dentist who can help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums. A dental Hygienist is also important in your on going oral care. Read on to find out why.
What is a Hygienist?
A Dental Hygienist is specially trained and works as a part of the dental team. She plays a huge role in oral health care and concentrates on preventing plaque build up and gum disease. She can also show you how to maintain your oral health, making sure you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Plaque is a sticky substance that builds up on the teeth, and if it is not removed effectively through brushing at home it forms tartar, which cannot be removed at home. The hygienist can clean your teeth professionally and remove this build up, which in turn helps to prevent further problems such as gum disease. The hygienist can work directly or can work under the prescription of the dentist.
Parrock Street Dental’s Hygienist:
Here at Parrock Street Dental we have a wonderful Hygienist called Vilma. She sees patients referred by our dentists, but also can see you independently of this. We have had many patients see her who have been really happy with the results and often comment on how gentle she is while treating them!
Why do I need to see a Hygienist?
A Hygienist is specially trained in this field and is expert at removing tartar and plaque, but also can give advise about your diet and how to take care of your teeth to prevent future issues. If the Hygienist picks up on any other issues, she can diagnose problems and then pass this information on to the dentist who will carry out treatment.
Does every Practice have a Hygienist?
Not every practice has a hygienist, so if your dentist recommends you need to see one they may refer you to another practice for your treatment. If you have not been referred by your dentist you may still approach at practice to book in if you feel you would benefit from seeing their Hygienist.
Will seeing the Hygienist hurt?
Treatment with Vilma is usually pain free, as she is very gentle. However if you do feel and pain or discomfort during treatment then anaesthetic creams or local anaesthetic can be administered to help this. It is very important that you let Vilma know, during your appointment, if you are experiencing any discomfort, as she will do her best to prevent this.
If you have any questions about anything mentioned in the blog, or if you would like to book in to see our Hygienist then do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01474 537 191.