A Dental Hygienist is a dental professional who is trained to take care of your oral health. This is achieved by professionally removing plaque and calculus, examining patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and providing other preventative dental care. Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy.

The role of the Dental Hygienist in oral health includes:

  • a comprehensive oral health assessment, including a health history review, recording of oral condition, oral cancer screening, and evaluation of periodontal disease (gum disease).
  • Removal of plaque and calculus (“tartar”) using dental instruments;
  • Removal of staining and polishing of restorations/fillings
  • Assesses and treats periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Takes radiographs (x-rays);
  • Tooth whitening
  • Applies cavity-preventive agents such as fluorides and sealants to the teeth;
  • Administers local anaesthetic or other topical anaesthetics (if indicated)
  • Educates patients on proper oral hygiene techniques to maintain healthy teeth and gums;
  • Counsels patients about plaque control and developing individualised at-home oral hygiene programs;
  • Counsels patients on the importance of good nutrition for maintaining optimal oral health.

At Adelaide DentalCare, your dental hygienists and your dentist will create a dental hygiene program tailored to your particular needs. Once you have completed any necessary dental treatment and are in preventive maintenance phase, we recommend a regular dental hygiene appointment every six months. These appointments are where we work to keep you away from future dental repairs. The dental hygienist will evaluate your dental health, examine your teeth and gums (with your dentist), remove any calculus and stain deposits, assess and recommend treatment for any oral conditions such as bad breath and dry mouth, apply topical fluoride (if indicated), take necessary radiographs, teach the most effective brushing and flossing techniques, advise on the best home-care products, and form an on-going plan to keep you healthy.

Dental Hygiene Program in Adelaide

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, but they also make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is an important factor to your overall well-being and daily preventative care including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. This means it will be much less painful, expensive and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress over the years.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.

These include:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals.
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentists advises you to
  • Making sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.

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