Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist – What Role Do They Play in Your Oral Health?

While a visit to our dental hygienist, may not be at the top of your ‘to-do’ list, it’s an important part of maintaining your smile. Here at Boutique Dental Care, we are fortunate to have two dental hygienists as part of our team that help our dentists keep patients in good dental health.

But what exactly is a dental hygienist and how can they help you?

What is a dental hygienist?

There’s nothing to beat the fresh clean feeling you experience after a visit to a dental hygienist in NSW. But did you know that keeping regular appointments with our hygienists also plays a vital role in maintaining good dental hygiene while also helping to keep dental problems at bay?

Regular visits to our practice prevents dental problems before they have a chance to develop. Our hygienists provide deep and thorough cleaning treatments that keep your teeth and gums in tip-top condition.

Our dental hygienists working closely with our dentists, each have over 10 years experience and are registered with the Australian Dental Association. With many years of experience between them, our dental hygienists are trained to help patients maintain their dental health. As such, patients visiting our dental hygienists can rest assured that they are in very capable hands.

What are the benefits of a dental hygienist?

Our dental hygienists play a key role by providing patients with vital preventative care, monitoring your dental hygiene and preventing gum disease. You will get to see them for many aspects of your dental maintenance, freeing up time for our dentists to treat the main areas of dentistry including restorative work, dental implants, invisalign and smile makeovers.

In addition, a dental hygienist’s role is also to educate patients; helping them learn more about their mouth, dental hygiene, and how to achieve and maintain optimum oral health between dental visits. Hygienists can advise you on the type of lifestyle,nutrition and diet that promotes good dental health.

Here are some of the main duties that our dental hygienists can perform:

  • Deep cleaning and scaling to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth
  • Assessing a person’s oral health and advising on ways to treat gum diseases
  • Educating patients on the best way to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities to improve dental hygiene
  • Educating patients on how gum disease can affect the health of your heart
  • Applying fissure sealants, fluoride treatments, children’s fillings and professional whitening treatments
  • Giving nutritional tips to aid general health
  • Saliva test. Saliva is important in keeping teeth healthy and digesting food.

Specific Areas Where You Can Benefit from Visiting our Dental Hygienists

Gum Health

Most people who have gum disease do not experience any pain. The most common symptom is bleeding gums during brushing or eating. Fortunately, gum disease in its early stages can be treated and reversed. When it’s allowed to progress into a later stage, it can cause painful, swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, bone loss and hence  loose teeth. Not only will a hygienist treat your gum disease, but they will show you ways of preventing it yourself at home.

Banish bad breath

Nobody wants to overpower other people with bad breath. But did you know that the bacteria are largely responsible for causing consistent cases of bad breath (halitosis) They often hide beneath the gum line where even the most fastidious brusher cannot reach with a toothbrush alone. Thankfully, your dental hygienist has all the necessary tools to extract bad bacteria and restore fresh smelling breath while recommending the best products to get you through the day.

Keep clear of cancer

At our clinic, our hygienists can also conduct oral cancer screenings in addition to the basic examination of your teeth and gums. Like any cancer, the earlier oral cancer is caught and treated, the more chance there is of a successful outcome. Because of the increased risk of cancer, smokers, in particular, should pay particular attention to scheduling regular appointments with our hygienist.

Improve your smile and confidence

Having a smile that you feel happy with is one of the best ways of improving your confidence. A healthy smile doesn’t have to involve expensive cosmetic treatments. Habits such as drinking coffee or red wine and smoking are a few examples of things which can have a dramatic effect on your smile.

Frequent visits to our dental hygienists in Chatswood NSW will keep your teeth free from plaque and tartar deposits which can build up. In addition, our hygienists can show you how to brush your teeth properly and advise you on future options should you be considering any restorative work or cosmetic dental treatments.

Moreover, their professional eye will also help assess any ongoing dental issues you may have, enabling them to discuss your case with our dentists and fast-track your needs.

Avoid the dentist

While this might seem a contradiction of terms, if you do want to avoid an unplanned visit to our dentists in Sydney, then regular visits to our hygienists are a must. Six monthly appointments can help you achieve a healthy well-balanced mouth which, in turn, means less need for the dentist to treat you.

Scheduling regular hygiene appointments also means that any worrying signs of oral diseases are detected and treated in their early stages before they develop into more serious and costly conditions.

So now you know how a dental hygienist can help you, why not book an appointment with our experienced hygienists at Boutique Dental Care today.