Dental Hygienists are experts in prevention and treatment of gum disease. A whopping 83% of people suffer from gum disease. Hygienists carefully and thoroughly clean plaque and hardened tartar deposits that would otherwise lead to the breakdown of gums and bone.
Although scaling of teeth is offered at dental check ups, as dentists we realise that the hygienist has been specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and can spend longer with you. They are also expert at teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. Often the hygienist will spend a number of appointments getting the gums healthy ready for the dentist to restore the teeth with crowns and fillings. From our experience, we know that patients that regularly see hygienists alongside the dentist, and follow their advice have better maintained oral health.