Role of our dental hygienists
Our hygienists play an essential part in the multi-disciplinary team at Broad Street Dental Surgery. Their role is to educate, motivate and demonstrate the most effective cleaning techniques personal to your mouth, to help stabilise and prevent the advancement of periodontal (gum) disease. They also educate our young patients in dental health so there is less need for dental treatment in the next generation, promoting a conservative approach by prevention.
It is very important to have regular hygiene treatments not only to help maintain healthy teeth and gums but it is also beneficial to attend hygiene visits to support any dental treatment that the you may be undergoing at Broad Street Dental Surgery.
All restorative work both simple and complex including crowns, bridges and implants need to be maintained and our hygienists will work with you to teach you the most effective way to ensure that you are looking after your teeth as best as possible. It is also beneficial to have hygiene advice post implant placement, so that you are clear on the importance of a good daily cleaning regime to prevent bone loss around the implant to help in its long-term preservation. Also, supporting adult orthodontic treatment will help to prevent problems during the course of treatment as poor oral health can lead to gums swelling and growing over braces (brackets) causing problems with treatment.
Our hygienists are trained to recognise abnormal changes in the mouth, such as oral cancer, which could help save lives. Also, research has shown that inflamed gums (bleeding gums) allow harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream from the mouth and this may have links to heart problems. Good plaque removal is essential to help reduce or stop bleeding gums and maintaining general health.
Direct Access to a hygienist
For registered and non registered patients
No dental appointment needed first
In 2013, the General Dental Council changed the scope of practice for Dental Hygienists and Dental therapists. Meaning that patients now have the option to see a dental hygienist without having first seen the dentist and without a prescription from a dentist.
Direct Access with Kay Millar and Elena Williams
What can you expect during the appointment?
Detectable Calculus (tartar) removal
Personalised Oral Hygiene advice
Advice on how to maintain a healthy mouth
It is important to note that the hygienist will not be responsible for carrying out a full dental examination or diagnosis beyond their scope of practice however should anything be seen or if you have any cause for concern, you will be advised to seek further treatment from your own dentist or referral to see a dentist here at Broad Street Dental Surgery.