You can’t beat the fresh, just-cleaned feeling you get after a visit to the dental hygienist. But did you know that regular appointments with your hygienist also play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease, building a strong foundation for your teeth, and increasing the longevity of any dental work you have had done?

At Dorset House Dental, dental hygiene is central to our dental care provision and forms the foundation of our preventive care measures. As a team, we know that good dental hygiene starts with a good dental care routine at home, but it also includes regular visits to the dental hygienist.

Read on to find out how an appointment with one of our wonderful Dorset House Dental hygienists can help you.

How do hygienists differ from dentists?
Dentists and hygienists work together to take excellent care of your teeth, however there are key differences between them, and hygienist appointments should not be substituted for regular dental heath assessments with your dentist. Dentists are like GPs and surgeons rolled into one; they can write prescriptions, perform surgical procedures, and administer local anaesthetics. Many dentists have specialist areas of interest in fields such as endodontics or orthodontics. In contrast, hygienists focus on providing services based on prevention and the hygiene of the mouth, teeth, and gums. They play a vital role in identifying and treating the early signs of gum disease, as well as maintaining the oral hygiene of your teeth at a very high level.

Why should I see a hygienist?
Dental hygienists are experts when it comes to the health of your gums. They provide therapies to remove hardened plaque (tartar) that cannot be removed through brushing alone and demonstrate effective brushing and flossing techniques that can help prevent gum disease. It is also crucial that your hygienist helps you to understand your disease and teaches you how to help yourself. Only by truly understanding what is going on in gum disease can you get the best healing. Dorset House Dental hygienists offer both preventative and cosmetic hygiene treatments that are available to you even if you are not currently registered with a dentist.

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