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  • Writer's pictureAlison Castle

Your Hygienist Appointment and You

What is a Dental Hygienist?

A Dental Hygienist is a clinician who is mainly concerned with prevention than cure. Hygienists work to maintain their patients oral health by ensuring good oral hygiene habits. They work closely with the dentists at Burgate Dental Practice & Implant Centre; to save teeth by preventing and treating gum disease, helping people get rid of associated problems like bad breath , stain removal and teaching their patients methods to maintain good oral health at home.

Both our Dental Hygienists; Debbie and Alison are extremely motivated in improving patients oral health and providing the best ongoing care possible.

What happens within a Dental Hygienist appointment?

Each clinician works differently with varying appointment lengths and preferences. However, at each hygienist visit the clinician will:

· Complete a basic periodontal examination (a screening tool used to assess the health of your gums)

· Assess your oral hygiene overall- plaque levels, any areas of inflammation or bleeding

· Oral cancer screening

· Complete a full mouth clean either using hand instruments or an ultrasonic instrument (water and vibrations)

· Full mouth polish- this helps to remove plaque and any surface stain for example coffee/tea staining.

· Oral hygiene instruction; the hygienist will tailor toothbrushing advice, floss or interdental cleaning to you as an individual. This is repeated at each visit to ensure optimal home care.

When should I book a Hygienist appointment?

You can book a hygienist appointment at any time that suits you . If you notice any signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums, any concerns with breath or staining a hygiene appointment is particularly ideal for you. If you would like advice regarding your gum health or education on how to clean in the most effective manner then again, a hygienist appointment would be ideal.

Will it be painful?

Some people may find dental cleaning uncomfortable at times, but it should not be painful. If this is the case, the reason that you may be experiencing pain or tenderness at your visit to the hygienist is usually that your gums are inflamed from improper tooth brushing and flossing. Remember the hygienist wants you to feel as happy and comfortable as possible throughout your visit. There are options to help with this if needed- this should be discussed with the hygienist at your visit.

How can I book?

At Burgate Dental Practice & Implant Centre, there are various booking options. You can call, email the practice, or book online via our website; ; online bookings require a deposit to reserve your appointment time.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01227 462857, a member of the team will be happy to help.

For further information visit; “The Importance Of Oral Health” in our blog, to find out more about the importance of regular visits to both your Dentist and Hygienist.

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