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How Your Dental Hygienist Makes a Big Difference During Your Cleanings

Young woman having teeth cleanedWhen it comes to your dental health and routine care, a dental hygienist plays an integral role in ensuring your pearly whites are kept in tip-top shape. With specialised training focused on preventive dental care, including thorough cleanings and patient education, their expertise is in the prevention and treatment of gum disease, while your dentist will primarily focus on diagnosing and treating any number of dental issues.

A hygienist’s role is often overlooked by patients, but their input and guidance are important to having good oral health. We are lucky to have an amazing team of hygienists eager to help you at Excellence in Dentistry.

Hygienists are Your Frontline for Prevention

If you are seeing the dentist for one of your routine cleanings, a hygienist will use specialised tools and techniques to effectively remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. They are able to reach areas that may be difficult for you to get to, even with regular brushing and flossing.

Not only will this cleaning help prevent the development and progression of gum disease and cavities, but it also allows the hygienist to observe any changes to your teeth and gums and note any changes for the dentist to inspect more thoroughly later in the appointment.

During your cleaning, a hygienist will also perform a comprehensive assessment of your gum health. They’ll measure pocket depths and evaluate gum tissue for signs of inflammation or infection. This evaluation helps identify early signs of gum disease and allows for proactive intervention.

Treatment Plans Tailored to Your Dental Needs

Based on their assessment during your appointment, hygienists develop personalised treatment plans to address your specific oral health needs. These plans may include additional deep cleanings, including scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar build-up below the gumline. They also make recommendations for home care and maintenance.

One of the primary roles of a dental hygienist is to educate patients on proper oral hygiene techniques and preventive measures. They provide valuable guidance on brushing and cleaning between teeth techniques, dietary habits, and lifestyle factors that impact oral health, empowering patients to take control of their dental care.

Working together, hygienists and dentists provide a holistic approach to oral health.

It’s Time for a Check-up!

Our team of dental hygienists here in Brisbane are ready to help you get the most out of each of your dental cleanings and check-ups. Even if it’s been a while since your last check-up, it’s never too late to start good oral health hygiene habits. Contact our practice today at (07) 3839 7757 to schedule an appointment!


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