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Dental Hygienist
An integral part of the Family Dental Care team

What is a dental hygienist?

Dental hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team, to give care to patients. They play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease - showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What does the dental hygienist do in the practice?

The hygienist's main work is to prevent and treat gum disease including professionally cleaning your teeth. This is usually called ‘scaling and polishing'. However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. If it is not brushed away properly, this hardens to form tartar which you cannot remove yourself. They also give advice on diet and preventing dental decay. The hygienist will work alongside your dentist to give you care that is tailored to your needs.

Air Flow Polish

Our hygienists now offer the Air Flow Polishing technique, which is a new innovative way that cleans and polishes the teeth. It is particularly beneficial for removing stubborn stains, which can be common for smokers and heavy tea and coffee drinkers. The new technology uses a machine that combines a mixture of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. This method is far superior to traditional cleaning methods that use scraping tools and polishing brushes.

Does every practice have a hygienist?

Not all practices have a hygienist. Family Dental Care offer this as part of our service to patients. Hygienists see patients directly as well as under the prescription of a dentist. If your practice does not have a hygienist, your dentist can either refer you to us. Or you can approach us yourself to ask if you can see the hygienist here.

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