Dental hygienist services
A dental hygienist is a registered dental professional who is qualified to “remove hard and soft deposits on teeth” meaning they clean teeth very thoroughly as only a dental professional can. We know you clean your teeth everyday but no matter how well you brush and floss, everyone ends of with some plaque and tartar build-up after a time. This build-up can only be removed by a dental professional with special instruments and training. Downtown Dental’s patients are lucky enough to have access to a fantastic dental hygienist.
If plaque and tartar build-up is left too long it can cause gingivitis or periodontitis (the technical terms for gum disease). Gums are very important as they are what hold your teeth in place and although dentistry has made fantastic technological advances in fixing problems like holes in your teeth, we aren’t so good at growing your gums back so if they get infected and your teeth get loose or the gums shrink, we probably wont be able to grow them back for you. Preventing gum problems by visits to a hygienist are an essential part of preventing dental problems.
Also plaque and tartar build-up harbours the bacteria which cause tooth decay. So by cleaning off the plaque from the teeth you are disturbing the home of the cavity causing bacteria which will reduce the chances of cavities forming.
As well as removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, our hygienists are trained to make recommendations regarding the way you clean your teeth so that you can perfect your technique and do the best job you can of cleaning your own teeth. This will slow the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth so you don’t have to come so often to see the hygienist. This is your reward for listening to our advice and taking good care of your own teeth. Our hygienists make their recommendations as to how many times per year based on how well you are cleaning your teeth rather than using an arbitrary timing such as 6 months. This keeps costs as low as possible for patients which still ensuring they are properly looked after.
Dentists are also qualified to clean peoples’ teeth but a dental hygienist does this all day every day whereas a dentist provides all the other services which dentists can do. As you can imagine hygienists do as good a job and often a better job than a dentist so we have full confidence is recommending our patients see our hygienist. As an added benefit, the charge for the services of a hygienist are generally less than if a dentist were to do the same thing. Hygienists help patients keep their dental costs as low as possible while still providing a very high level of service and skill.