Hygienists have an important role to play in dental health care. Dental hygienists are university trained over 3 years to work with the dentist in giving care to patients. They play an important role in dental health and are mainly concerned with gum health. At Canberra Dental Care we view the role hygienists play in our oral health so highly that we have 2 of our 5 surgeries dedicated to them.
The primary role of the hygienist is to provide a thorough clean of the whole mouth and to give you the skills to maintain good oral hygiene between visits. Regular visits also allow for monitoring of the condition of the gums and the presence of plaque and this provides an early warning of any problems. The treatment involved in a scale and polish is the careful removal of deposits that build up on the teeth. This will slow the progress of gum disease and even prevent it.
Our dental hygienists are qualified to take x-rays, give local anaesthetic injections, place fissure sealants and take study models. Regular professional cleaning from one of our hygienists, combined with your home care, will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
At the conclusion of your recall appointment with the hygienist your regular dentist will perform a full mouth examination.