Dental Hygienists are specially trained members of the dental team who work together with your dentist to provide fully integrated dental care.

They play an important role in oral health, by providing individualized preventive treatment and demonstrating correct home care to patients to prevent dental disease and tooth wear.

What is the Hygienists role in the dental practice

Hygienists perform four main functions:

  • Dental hygiene education tailored to your needs. This one-on-one instruction includes care for your gums and teeth, and information on dietary habits and health conditions which may be adversely affecting your oral health.
  • Collaborate with your dentist to plan an oral health maintenance program, including assessment of your gum health, evaluation of x-rays and reviewing your medical history.

  • Removal of calculus/plaque deposits and stains from your teeth.
  • Application of decay preventing agents and recommendation of products for home use.

Why is dental home care important?

Dental disease can be prevented. Effective home plaque control techniques help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Such problems are less likely to progress into more serious dental ailments resulting in more invasive and costly dental treatment.

Dental disease happens at an age, therefor treatment and advice from a Dental Hygienist will benefit children and adults alike. For many children, the application of dental fissure sealants to the grooves of the back teeth will prevent decay.

It is important that everyone establishes correct home care techniques.

Is it expensive?

Any preventive care will ultimately lead to savings. Depending on the type of treatment carried out and the length of the appointment, costs may vary.

Preventive treatment and prompt treatment tends to more cost effective as conditions are not allowed to progress into serious problems requiring costly treatment.