We can now welcome patients requesting the services of the Dental Hygienist/Therapist without having to be examined by a dentist prior to the appointment.
Each patient is treated as an individual, so your appointment will be tailored to your needs and concerns. These may vary from a gum health assessment, professional cleaning, advise on homecare products, dietary, smoking cessation and any bad breath issues.
Our hygiene appointments last approximately 30 minutes and entail a detailed assessment of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. From this we can then identify any areas that are in need of improvement and other areas, which may require specialist input. In addition to this, the hygienist will be able to provide a deep clean to ensure that the teeth and gums are clean and also provide you with hygiene demonstrations and a programme to ensure they are kept clean until the next appointment.
For new patients to the practice who just want to see the Dental hygienist, the patient will be required to fill in an up to date medical history and a consent form for treatment. The patient will have a regular hygienist appointment and the standard fee will be payable at the end of the appointment.
Frequently asked questions
What does a hygienist do?
A dental hygienist is a registered dental care professional who is specially trained in preventative dental care. Their main role is to professionally clean your teeth and show you the best way to keep your mouth healthy. They may give advice on diet to prevent dental decay and suggest ways on stopping smoking. Fissure sealants and fluoride treatment, that your dentist may suggest, may also be a treatment done by the hygienist.
Can I see a hygienist when I like?
With effect from 1 May 2013, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists are permitted to treat patients without a prior examination by a dentist.
How often do I need to see the hygienist?
We generally recommend scheduling appointments with three-month intervals for better monitoring and maximum dental care.