Dentists and hygienists are two different types of professional and together they work to make sure that a patient’s teeth and gums are in tiptop condition. While a dentist is responsible for dealing with dental pain, carrying out restorative procedures and preventative work. A hygienist is an important part of the process when it comes to ensuring that the mouth and gums are in the best possible condition. If you haven’t visited a hygienist before then here are a few instances when you might want to consider it.
You need advice
A hygienist can provide advice on how to care for teeth and gums and this is an important part of the process of preventing problems further down the line. Everything from learning brushing techniques to getting product recommendations falls under the hygienist’s remit, as well as teaching the basics of proper oral hygiene.
Plaque and tartar removal
It’s a great idea to see a hygienist if your dentist has told you that you have plaque and tartar that needs to be removed. However, you can also prevent these damaging substances building up by visiting a hygienist on a regular basis even before the dentist has told you to do so. You don’t need to see a dentist before making an appointment with a hygienist, there’s no need for a referral.
Another function that hygienists fulfill is taking and developing x-rays of your teeth. These dental x-rays can be used by your dentist to help spot issues with your teeth and gums and also to help make decisions on what the best next steps are, which is an essential part of the process.
Dental hygienists are the number one option for a scale and polish, as mentioned above, but these aren’t the only treatments that they offer. For example, a hygienist can carry out teeth whitening treatments, apply fissure sealants and carry out fluoride treatments too.
Testing and screening
Your hygienist is an important part of the process of identifying problems with teeth and gums and will be able to screen for issues by assessing the current state of your oral health. They can review dental history to factor in awareness of ongoing problems and can carry out tests such as taking blood pressure and inspecting areas that are to be treated to ensure they are ready.
If you are unsure as to whether seeing a hygienist would be beneficial to you have a chat with your dentist on your next appointment or contact your local practice.