What is a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team, to give care to patients.

They play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What happens during a Dental Hygiene check-up?

At your appointment, your hygienist will:

Our dental hygienist, Miss Natalie Abram, will carefully remove the hard deposits of tartar (or ‘calculus’) that build up on the teeth. A dental professional has specialist equipment and instruments that can be used to remove these deposits. This is known as scaling.

Polishing prophylaxis paste can be used to remove some stains caused by everyday living such as; tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco. However, it is difficult to remove all stains.

Our dental hygienist will show you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

They will also have shown you how to clean between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes, floss or tape.

There are many oral care products you can get, including specialist toothpastes, electric or ‘power’ toothbrushes, and mouthwashes. Your dental hygienist will recommend those that are best for you.