Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist in London's Primrose Hill Dental,

Regents Park Road, Barnet and Camden, London NW1 8XD.

A dental hygienist plays an essential role in your ongoing dental health and well-being.

Hygienist's Role In Oral Health​

by Sam Jarvis

Many new patients who have never visited a Hygienist have asked what I actually do, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain my role in more detail.

A hygienist is specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease, which is the main cause of adult tooth loss, and to give advice on all aspects of keeping your mouth healthy.

We carry out the following:

  • Demonstrate effective tooth brushing technique to remove plaque without causing tooth wear and receding gums.

  • Discuss the latest oral hygiene products

  • Offer advice on the best aid to clean in-between teeth

  • Treating and preventing periodontal disease

 
We carry out a detailed explanation of periodontal disease including the following:

  • Oral hygiene instruction.

  • Removal of soft plaque and hard (calculus) deposits

  • Discuss secondary factors that may contribute to periodontal disease, for example smoking, diabetes and stress

  • Discuss how periodontal disease could affect or complicate other health problems, for example heart disease

We help with the prevention of tooth decay (caries) and erosion by doing the following: 

  • Discuss in detail the reasons for tooth caries and erosion

  • Give diet advice on how to reduce sugary and acidic food and drink

  • Advice on fluoride and apply fluoride varnishes to help remineralise early signs of tooth caries

 

Help you to have a clean and healthy mouth by doing the following:

  • Polish the teeth to remove food and drink stains

  • Help to change red and inflamed gums to a healthy pink

  • Stop gums from bleeding when brushing

  • Prevent teeth from becoming mobile and drifting

  • Prevent unpleasant tastes and bad breath by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth

What is Air Polishing?

The air polishing technique is simple and painless. introduced in the late 1970's, it uses air and water pressure to deliver a controlled stream of sodium bicarbonate or glycine powders through a special nozzle.

How effective is it?

Although it’s a very simple technique it’s also very effective. 

Scientific studies have shown that air polishing removes plaque more efficiently than hand instruments.

The combination of a pressurised jet of air, water and powder works well to remove stains and plaque.

It can remove some of the worst stains from teeth; such as those caused by tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and discolouration that some mouthwashes can leave behind.

Why choose air polishing?

There are lots of reasons why air polishing is becoming a popular choice. The cost of air polishing teeth is much lower than many whitening treatments, for example, and the process is very gentle – ideal for those who may be suffering with sensitive teeth.

It’s a much more effective way to get your teeth really clean than a traditional polish and will leave you with an evenly smooth surface across your teeth.

Benefits of air polishing

The benefits of air polishing for the patient include less time in the chair, less "scraping," excellent stain removal, reduced dentine hypersensitivity and improved periodontal status.

Benefits to the dental professional include less operator fatigue, less time involved than the traditional polishing technique and improved access to difficult-to-reach areas.

Most experts agree that stain removal using air polishing leaves tooth enamel in tact – unlike some other techniques.
It is gentle enough to be used on dental implants.  There is no pressure applied to the teeth and as there is no direct contact with teeth during air polishing, the technique doesn’t generate any heat on your teeth.

 

Would you benefit from air polishing?

Anyone who has stains  on their teeth would benefit as well as those who require cleaning around orthodontic appliances, exposed hypersensitive dentin and periodontal pockets.

 

Contraindications for use: Typically, individuals with communicable disease, upper respiratory disease, compromised immune systems, sodium-restricted diets, allergies to polishing powder ingredients and contact lenses are not candidates for air polishing.  The treatment is suitable for anyone aged 16+.

Air polishing teeth is cost effective,

just an extra £20

as an add on to normal scale and polish

©Primrose Dental Practice 2018​