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12 October 2015

Good dental hygiene – great teeth and gums starts here!

When you come to see us at Confidental, it may be that you’re coming for cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry or indeed a hygienist appointment. We have two dental hygienists at our practice – Janice Andrews and Rajvi Patel, both who take an enormous amount of pride in their work. Both have won various awards within their education and respective dentistry fields. At our Surbiton dentist we take pride in transparency, so that you, our patients have all the information you want and need to feel completely in control of your dental care.

As part of this transparency, we thought you might like to know more about our hygienist services and what to expect during a routine visit to us:

What Is A Dental Hygienist?

First things first, you probably want to know what a dental hygienist is.

They are specially trained to deal with preventative dental health, specifically, preventing gum disease. They form an important part of your health care by professionally cleaning your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar with a scale and polish. Most importantly, they will help you understand how best to care for your teeth in between appointments, giving you diet advice (related to your dental health) and explain how you can keep tooth decay at bay. They are trained to work with you to give you care and advice that relates specifically to your needs.

Are They Able To Do Any Other Treatments?

A dental hygienist is qualified to take a dental x-ray which is used as a diagnostic tool for your dental care. They can also seal fissures and apply fluoride treatments. They may also provide teeth whitening treatments and other treatments depending on their individual qualifications or individual areas of knowledge.

Why Is Dental Hygienist Care Important?

Dental hygienists specialise in treating and preventing gum disease, one of the UK’s leading causes of tooth loss. They also remove plaque and tartar and help you understand how best to care for your teeth in between visits to your convenient Surbiton dentist. This type of dental care is extremely important and forms the basis for all other dental care and treatment.

Why Does The Hygienist Carry Out This Work And Not The Dentist?

Some dentists do carry out this kind of work. However, dentists tend to carry out more intricate or detailed work, enabling hygienists to spend more time with you focusing on the general care of your teeth. The dental hygienist will also spend lots of time preparing your teeth for any additional work performed by the dentist. The best comparison is; a dental hygienist to a dentist is similar to what a nurse is to a doctor.

Come And See Our Hygienist At Confidental Clinic in Surbiton

If you need a scale and polish, would like advice on how best to care for your teeth in between visits, or you want to talk about gum disease and avoiding it, please give us a call on 02083991291 and we will be more than happy to book you an appointment with one of our hygienists.

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