dental hygienist is a dental professional team member who is specifically trained to maintain and improve the oral hygiene for patients. The main role is to prevent and treat gum disease.
This is carried out by professionally removing plaque and tartar, usually called ‘Scale & Polish’ and by showing you the best way to keep your teeth clean and plaque free.
A hygienist can give you a dietary advice and work with the dental team to provide a care and treatment that is tailored to your needs.
Dental hygienists can also take dental x-rays to aid the diagnosis and treatment planning processes. They can apply fluoride varnishes and administer fluoride treatments.
Some dental hygienists are qualified to carry out Teeth Whitening under a prescription form the dentist.
No. At Crofton Dental Care, we offer this as part of the service to our patients. Our dental hygienists can see patients directly (Direct Access) or under the prescription of one of our dentists.
Yes. This is what the whole training is all about. Removal of plaque and hard deposits, Calculus, that build up on your teeth and showing you how to prevent them coming back will have a great impact on prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Moreover, the dietary advice and other preventive measures that you will receive from our dental hygienists will also help with prevention of dental decay.