What is a hygienist?

Hygienists work with dentists and their main role is to professionally clean your teeth, a process called scaling and polishing. They will carefully remove hard deposits of calculus (tartar) that build up on your teeth, using manual or ultrasonic instruments. If there is a lot of tartar, two or three visits may be necessary.

Hygienists also give advice on diet, oral hygiene and will recommend suitable products to maintain good oral health.

What is Air Polishing?

Air polishing is a highly effective way of removing surface stains and discolouration from your teeth. It does not require an anaesthetic, and uses a pressurised steam of non-toxic aluminium-oxide powder to rapidly remove surface marks.

This procedure is especially recommended to smokers and others who have visible stains on their teeth.

How often should I visit a hygienist?

Every patient has different needs. For example, if you have advanced gum disease, four visits may be required over a period of four weeks, followed by monthly visits after that. On the other hand, if you have a healthy mouth, your hygienist may recommend twice-yearly visits.

What can a hygienist do for children?

Children will benefit from having their teeth polished. The hygienist may also apply flouride gels and solutions to help prevent decay.

In addition, the hygienist can put ‘fissure sealants’ on children’s permanent back teeth. This is a highly effective method for preventing decay.

Children will also benefit from educational sessions with the hygienist, who can teach them about the effects of sweets and fizzy drinks and also teach a routine for proper mouthcare at home.

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