We all know that regular dental check-ups are important for keeping our teeth in good condition but what about visiting the hygienist? If you are a little unsure about what it is that a hygienist does and why you should visit one read on to find out. We will also tell you a few tips for making sure you choose a good one, so see what we have written below…
A hygienist’s role
Some of our patients are a little confused about the exact role of a hygienist, so we thought it may be useful to describe this to you:
A dental hygienist works alongside the dentist in a dental surgery to ensure that you have the best dental care all-round.
They will carry out procedures such as scaling and polishing teeth, applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants and educating about best dental hygiene practices at home.
Some hygienists are also based in hospitals and will also help patients who are having surgery on their teeth or mouth.
When will I need to see a hygienist?
Your dentist will advise you on this during your regular check-up but it is usual to visit your hygienist at least twice a year. This said, some patients choose to visit more often to keep their teeth in tip-top condition at all times.
What will they do to my teeth?
If it is just a regular visit to the hygienist he or she will usually scale and polish your teeth. This means that they use special tools to get your teeth extra clean and make sure they are free from plaque. This type of cleaning goes beyond what it is possible to do with a regular toothbrush and dental floss so it really is essential to include this in your overall dental care regime.
How do I choose a good hygienist?
First check that your dental hygienist has undertaken the appropriate course with the General Dental Council (GDC).
Secondly check that you feel comfortable with them. Ask to have a quick chat when you go for your next regular dental check up and ask if you can see their practice room before you book an appointment.
Have you visited a hygienist recently? Do you live in Solihull or the surrounding area? Get in touch with us at Paul Lowe Dentistry today, where we can help you make an appointment.