Hygienists are a vital part of the dental team. At Soar Valley Dental Practice we have two fully-qualified, experienced dental hygienists, Lydia Pantling and Fiona Murphy. Both are committed to providing the highest standards of treatment, alongside oral health education, to each and every patient.
At Soar Valley Dental Practice we believe that prevention is better than cure, and your dental hygiene appointment is a key component in improving and maintaining your dental health. Regular visits to the hygienist are essential to staying dentally fit. In most cases we recommend you visit the hygienist every six months, although some patients may need to be seen more frequently. You should always follow your dentist or hygienist’s recommendations.
Hygienists also play a vital role in combatting gum disease. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, which affects the majority of adults at some point in their life, the hygienist can provide you with help and advice to stop it becoming more serious and to prevent it recurring.
When you come in for a dental hygiene appointment, your hygienist will carry out a detailed assessment of your plaque control and your periodontal health – the health of your gums and bone support for your teeth. Any areas of concern will be highlighted and the best treatment options will be discussed with you. The hygienist will also monitor your plaque control and will remove any plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth.
At your dental hygiene appointment we will…
- Check and amend personal details, plus check and update any medical conditions
- Ask you how healthy YOU feel your teeth and gums have been since your last visit
- Complete an intra-oral examination to check the health of your tongue, lips and cheeks and complete a basic periodontal examination to assess your periodontal health (if problems are discovered, a more detailed examination will be completed)
- Record your plaque control and assess how your individual response to the accumulation of plaque bacteria – you will be shown any areas of concern
- Remove any hard and soft deposits (including any stains)
- Explain what plaque is and how it causes dental disease
- Offer methods, hints and tips to help improve plaque bacterial control and hence improve periodontal health.