Dental hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist to provide care tailored to your needs.
The hygienist’s main role is to professionally clean the teeth; usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps their most important role is demonstrating the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque in order to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Just like tooth decay, gum disease is caused by plaque. If plaque isn’t removed with brushing and flossing, it can get under the gum line and attack the gums, making them red and puffy and you may notice some bleeding when you brush your teeth.
If left, gum disease can cause serious problems. The gum may start to come away from the tooth, creating ‘pockets’ around it where even more plaque can gather. Over time, the plaque will begin eating away at the bone that supports teeth, which can cause tooth loss.
It has also been found recently that gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes in some patients.
Dental hygienists are now able to undertake further roles in the management of your care, such as taking impressions, administering local anaesthetic, fissure sealants, and applying fluoride.
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Banchory Dental Practice - Aberdeenshire
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9 Station Road