What does the Hygienist do at McLean Dental Group?
There is so much we can do to help ourselves in looking after our Teeth and Gums, as we are the ones who looks after our mouths in between visits to McLean Dental Group. Your hygienist will show you how to remove plaque with a suitable toothpaste and toothbrush.
They also will show you how to clean in between your teeth with ‘Interdental’ brushes, floss or tape.
There are many products on the market now to help us achieve excellent oral hygiene, including electric or manual toothbrushes, specialist toothpastes, and mouthwashes. Our very experienced hygienist will be able to advise you on what is best for your mouth.
The amount of sugar we have in our diet can have an impact on our oral health, its not that you can’t have it. It’s about the frequency.
Cutting down on the amount of sugar in our diet can help, and the number of times we eat during the day can help reduce decay. We can help you by looking at your diet and decay problem and by making some recommendations
for you to consider.
Believe itChewing Sugar-Free gum for about 10 minutes after meals can also prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum makes more saliva, which cancels out the acids produced in your mouth after eating and drinking.
Our recommendation would be that you follow 3 simple steps;
Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day.
On how often you have sugary drinks and foods
Plan to visit your dentist
Usually once or twice a year - your hygenist will advise what is best
Booking in advance for these appointments are best, at McLean Dental Group we will remind you via text message two weeks prior to your booked appointment, and again the day before.
Our Hygienist Julie is available Tuesday and is specially trained to work as part of the dental team. She is here to help the dentists by giving her care to our patients.
Hygienists play a valuable part in your dental health care and are mainly
concerned with preventative dental health and treating gum disease - showing
you correct home care and helping to keep your gums healthy.
What to expect to happen at your appointment;
- Most appointments are ¾ of an hour to 1 hour if a new patient.
- Professionally cleaning your teeth by removing Plaque and Tarter (this is usually called a scale and clean) Some ask does this hurt?
Scaling and Polishing is usually pain free. However, if you do have any discomfort the hygienist can use anaesthetic cream or give you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the Hygienist know at the time, so they can help with the pain.
- However, perhaps the most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Hygienist’s will also offer advice about diet and about tooth decay.
Julie and Gillian are full of information and an asset to our dental team, they love to have the chance to give you the care that is tailored to your needs.
- You will still have your Check-up done on the same day, Tom our dentist with pop in to the Hygienist’s room for your full check-up and will be able to answer any of your questions in regard to your teeth.
- See our Hygienist today!
Children at the Dentist
Children’s fear of visiting the dentist can often stem from what they hear. We believe by bringing your child to the dentist between 2 and 3 years of age we can make it a fun and a positive experience.
Familiarity often will overcome fears, by starting their dental visits at a young age and before the start of any dental troubles we can make their visits fun.
They love a ride in the chair and being able to share in the counting of their teeth.
Children can benefit from having their teeth polished. The hygienist can also apply fluoride varnishes to help prevent decay.
As children get older the permanent or (‘Adult’) back teeth can also benefit from having the biting surfaces sealed. This is done with a special tooth coloured filling material that coats the biting surface soon after the teeth come through to prevent food building up and decay forming.
Why is regular Dental Treatment Important?
It’s always important to remember that just because we don’t have tooth pain or can’t see anything different happening in our mouths it doesn’t mean that everything is ok. We like to diagnose problems while they are small problems.
This usually means less trauma to your mouth and cheaper for the wallet.
Regular professional cleaning to remove plaque and tarter, combined with looking after your teeth at home, will keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
Why does the Dentist get the Hygienist to do this work?
Tom (Our dentist) does do some of this work himself. However, he does hire the hygienist as they have been specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and can spend longer with you.
They love being able to teach you how to look after your teeth and gums it’s their passion.
With some patients the hygienist will spend more than one appointment getting the gums ready for the dentist to restore the teeth with crowns and fillings.