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What does a dental hygienist do?

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

A hygienist in Richmond is a specialist in numerous areas. The areas that a hygienist specialises in include the prevention of gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Addressing these areas can prevent bad breath, the early loss of teeth and stains to the tooth surfaces. All of these issues can be prevented as long as the teeth and gums are cared for, a hygienist can help you with all of these things.

Periodontal disease is often difficult to notice immediately as it does not hurt to begin with, but this can cause long lasting damage to your teeth and gums. A hygienist can help to diagnose this early and prevent it worsening. Alongside treatment to prevent build up of plaque and other substances, a hygienist can also give smoking cessation advice, as smoking too can have a negative impact on the state of the teeth and gums.

This area of dentistry is highly important in the preventive work associated with our dental practice, this will be discussed in the next section of this article.

Why is this important?

Our hygienist in Richmond at Sheen Dental is here to support and offer advice. Their role can help you make better informed choices on how to best look after your teeth and mouth, helping you to maintain your healthy smile.

Our hygienist can measure gaps between the teeth and gums, this will help indicate whether periodontal treatment may be needed to prevent disease from developing further. If treatment is needed then anaesthetic can be prescribed to allow you to access a pain free experience. Our specialists are very thorough and can work on your mouth to remove the build-up of plaque and calculus. This can be found on the teeth and below the gums.

Treatments also include the removal of any stains that might have become apparent. This is done through polishing and applying materials that will remove them. Seeing a hygienist could provide you with numerous benefits, these include the reduced risk of tooth loss, and the reduced risk of developing decay and the eventual need for fillings. You will also benefit from fresh breath. In the next section of this article, we will discuss exactly how our hygienist completes their work, in order to give you the best level of care.

What is the normal procedure?

If you require our hygienist in Richmond, then they will follow a number of steps to give you the best level of care and attention. They are specially trained to give you the optimal standard of service.

The first step includes your teeth and gums being assessed to determine the state of their health, this will determine what types of treatment you might need. The second step includes the process of professionally cleaning your teeth with specialist equipment and substances. The third step sees your hygienist educate you on how to best prevent plaque from building up in the future. You will be given advice on exactly how to brush your teeth and floss, as well as being recommended the best equipment to use. Your hygienist will always work with you to ensure that you receive an excellent level of service and that you understand how to care for your teeth to prevent them from developing further issues.


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