September 8th, 2011
Everyone knows the importance of visiting your Chiswick dentist twice a year for check-ups – but fewer people visit a dental hygienist for the range of services they offer.
What services do they provide?
Usually a dental hygienist works for a dentist and can be licensed to administer local anaesthetic. Their primary job is to maintain healthy oral health for patients and prevent any future dental health risks. Many national oral health boards are now urging people to visit a dental hygienist as often as they visit their dentist, to receive a professional and thorough clean which can’t be achieved by simply brushing and flossing at home.
Scale and polish
Dentist cleaning is largely done through a scale and polish of teeth. It is mainly performed to help prevent, detect and treat conditions such as periodontal disease, by applying prophylactic and antimicrobial materials. The cleaning is exceptionally thorough, removing plaque, tartar and stains brought on by coffee, tea, tobacco and other staining foods and substances. Your dental hygienist may also need to delve beneath the gum line on occasion, in order to find and purge the mouth of uncleanliness. They can also help with restorative and cosmetic dentistry, such as placing dental crowns.
What else do they do?
As well as having a practical role, a dental hygienist or dental therapist often acts as a motivator, encouraging patients to reach high qualities of oral health in their own home and maintain it.
May 26th, 2011
If you think good dentistry is simply about fixing the problem areas of your mouth – tooth decay, abscesses, filling after filling – then think again. Preventative measures such as regular hygiene therapy treatment are the key to achieving excellent oral health and keeping those dentist visits to a minimum. It’s really straightforward. Cleaning your teeth and gums rids them of the nasty substances that build up over time and leave your dentist reaching for the drill.
But I always brush twice daily
While brushing and flossing are extremely important to the health of your mouth, on their own such routines cannot remove the hardened deposits that naturally accumulate on the surface of your teeth. This is where your dental hygienist comes in. Hygienists are highly skilled in removing substances like tartar, plaque, and food remains from the gaps between your teeth and those under your gum line, where, hard to believe, there is actually plenty of room for such things to hide away and fester. Inquire at any dental surgery in Ealing, for example, and you will discover how crucial hygiene therapy is to the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums, being described by some professionals as thee single most important piece of treatment your teeth can undergo. Think of it like taking care of the foundations. When you build a house a good infrastructure is everything.
It would be pointless to attempt to build on rotten or shaky ground. The same is true of your mouth. All the aesthetic dental work in the world will mean nothing unless it is carried out on sound gums and bone, the foundations of your teeth. So a bit of extra help is needed from your hygiene therapist. Keep oral bacteria, bad breath, and bleeding gums at bay by going for the deep down clean your teeth will thrive on.
August 21st, 2008
The General Dental Council (GDC) have said that Dental Hygienists/Therapists can now carry out tooth whitening procedures `on the prescription of a dentist if they have the necessary additional skills`. Tooth whitening can only by carried out by dental professionals and is illegal to do so by any non dental professional.
Sunita Verma from Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hounslow says, “Tooth whitening is a safe, effective and very fast way of having brighter, whiter teeth when administered by a dentist. With the growth in demand for Hollywood white teeth, clinics across the country have been cashing in on this trend, but many of these clinics whether it be hairdressers, beauticians, gymnasiums or beauty spa’s have been employing beauty therapists who, after a few days of training, have been applying harmful chemicals that can damage patients gums and teeth.”
A Which? Investigation earlier on in the year revealed that beauty salons were allowing unqualified staff to carry out teeth-whitening treatments and inflicting permanent damage to patients teeth. In the survey, the reporter posed as a potential client at six London beauty salons. At all six salons, the procedure wasn’t performed by a dentist and half were using dangerous chemicals, including chlorine dioxide. This chemical is a bleaching agent more commonly used to purify water and is very acidic thereby damaging tooth enamel. Others use hydrogen peroxide in strengths above the legal limit.
Sunita says, “At Sparkle, I see all my patients for a dental examination before we carry out any teeth whitening procedures. My dental hygienist Hardip Dhillon, who is also a dental therapist is already able to carry out dental procedures such as fillings, taking x-rays and placing temporary crowns. With the new guidance from the GDC and planned training course, she will be able to carry out teeth whitening treatments by September 2008.’