Dental hygienist services
Gum disease is the single biggest cause of adult tooth loss. As people keep their teeth longer the emphasis is changing from treatment to prevention and the dental hygienist is very important in delivering these changes.
At Pemberton Dental we believe that regular professional cleaning along with routine examination is the most effective way to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Provided regularly by our dental hygienist, scaling and polishing helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile whiter. Scaling removes the hard tartar which cannot be removed by brushing. Stains from coffee, tea cigarettes or red wine are removed by the polishing.
If you visit our hygienist on a regular basis, every six or three months depending on your dental needs, and follow a daily cleaning plan, there is more chance that you will keep your teeth for life. Moreover, regular professional cleaning may also have positive effects on your overall health, as recent studies have shown that poor oral hygiene is linked to a number of other medical complaints.
Frequently asked questions
Why do I have bleeding gums?
Bleeding gums are a sign of unhealthy gums. It is extremely difficult to make healthy gums bleed. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, in most cases a result of ineffective tooth cleaning. Bleeding gums may also be a sign of periodontal disease, which affects the bone holding the teeth in. If this is not treated it can lead to early tooth loss.
How long does an appointment with the hygienist take?
Depending on the work required, an appointment will last between twenty and thirty minutes and several appointments may be required. As well as scaling and polishing your teeth, the hygienist will give advice on all aspects of teeth cleaning including technique and use of inter dental cleaning products.
Can I see the hygienist without being registered at the Practice?
Until May 2013 if you wanted to make an appointment with a dental hygienist or dental therapist you would have had to see a dentist. The General Dental Council has now removed this restriction and you can book directly with the dental hygienist/therapist through our direct access service.
These new arrangements do not take the place of a check up with a dentist. The dental hygienist/therapist will keep a record of your treatment and will advise you to see a dentist or have arrangements in place for you to see a dentist if the treatment you need is something out of their remit. It is important you inform us of any medical or dental treatment or problems you may have had, therefore your initial visit will involve providing a detailed medical and dental history and periodontal examination to evaluate your treatment needs.