While our dentists concentrate on treating tooth and gum conditions, our hygienists are specially trained to help prevent problems from arising.
Their most important role is to educate patients about the best ways to keep teeth free of plaque. Carefully removing the deposits that build up on your teeth (tartar) and teaching you how to prevent it re-forming will go a long way to slowing the progress of gum disease. Other preventative measures such as making changes to your diet can also reduce the rate at which your teeth decay.
Why doesn’t the dentist do this work?
While dentists can carry out this type of work, they also recognise that the hygienists have been specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and are experts at teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. Often the hygienist will spend a number of appointments getting your gums healthy so that the dentist can restore your teeth with crowns and fillings.
Will the treatment hurt?
Scaling and polishing is usually pain free. It is, however, important to tell your hygienist if you do experience any discomfort, as they can eliminate this sensation with the use of anaesthetics.