Why see a Dental Hygenist?
Dental hygienists work with the dentist to provide a complete level of dental care. They are specially trained members of the dental team whose focus is on oral hygiene and preventative dentistry.
At St Heliers Dental Centre we have an established Dental Hygiene department with experienced Dental Hygienists who can help you keep your teeth for life.
St Heliers Dental Centre explain why a patient should see a dental hygienist.
How do I know if I have Gum Disease ?
- Do your gums ever bleed when you brush your teeth or when you eat hard food?
- Have you noticed any spaces developing between your teeth?
- Do you have discoloured or dirty teeth ?
- Do your gums ever feel swollen or tender?
- Are your gums red and puffy ?
- Have you noticed that your gums are receding (pulling back from your teeth) or your teeth appear longer than before?
- Do you have persistent bad breath?
- Have you noticed pus between your teeth and gums?
- Have you noticed any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
- Are your teeth loose ?
- Do you ever develop sores in your mouth?
- Do you have a bad taste in your mouth ?
- If you have answered yes to any of the questions then you may have gum disease.
What our Hygiene Department Provides
- Detailed diagnostic assessment for Periodontal disease, including evaluation of pocketing, bleeding and bone loss.
- Computerized tracking charts showing progression of disease.
- Treatment procedures including scaling, root planning, antibiotic pocket therapy and reattachment procedures.
- Decay risk assessment programme
- Preventative maintenance for adults and children
- Dietary guidance
- Tooth Whitening
- Mouth guards
- Oral health education
- Stain removal
- General cleaning
- Cosmetic cleaning
- Dental hygienists are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease, by evaluating and assessing your periodontal tissues, scaling and polishing of teeth. They will also give home care instructions based on your individual needs.