Hygienists are specially trained to work with the dental team and they play an important part in mouth health, especially in preventing and treating gum disease. They are the ones that give you that dentist-clean feel!
Research has shown that people who regularly see the hygienist suffer less dental decay and require less dental work.
What does the hygienist do?
The hygienist prevents and treats gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar, particularly from areas that are difficult to reach by brushing. They will also remove any surface stain that you have accumulated from your diet.
Their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque at home.
The hygienist visit
The hygienist will assess your gums and teeth and will then carefully remove any tartar using specialised instruments. Removing tartar makes teeth easier to clean, as its rough surface attracts bacteria. The teeth are then polished leaving them smooth, clean and stain-free.
The hygienist will spend 20-30 minutes thoroughly cleaning your teeth. To help the clean feeling last, you will receive individual dental hygiene advice for you to implement at home.
What if it cannot be done in one visit?
If you have a lot of build-up you may need a longer visit, or multiple appointments.
If the gum disease has advanced into periodontal disease, a special programme to remove deep tartar from the root surface is required. The area may need to be numbed to make it more comfortable during this treatment.
"The hygienist was excellent, extremely knowledgeable, reassuring and friendly"
Mrs AM 2017, Google Review
"The hygienists do a really good job"
Anon 2017, NHS Choices
How often should I visit a hygienist?
There is no set time period for hygiene treatment as each patient has different needs. Recall frequencies are tailored to individual requirements and are advised by your hygienist.
Can I can see a hygienist without seeing the dentist?
It is possible to see a hygienist without seeing a dentist. This is called treatment under direct access. Visits to hygienists do not substitute for full dental examinations.
For that special occasion
After treatment with a hygienist, your teeth will look cleaner and brighter and your mouth will feel fresher. A treatment can be booked whenever you like: before a celebration; a holiday; or even a job interview.