The Dental Hygienist - common questions...

We are often being asked by our patients about seeing the dental hygienist so we thought we would post a list of commmon questions asked with the answers provided by our Dental Hygienist, Louise Baguley .

If you want to know more about of hygiene services then please contact us by e-mail or phone and we will be glad to help you.

What does a hygienist do?

A dental hygienist is  a registered dental care professional who is specially trained in preventative dental care.  Their main role is to professionally clean your teeth and show you the best way to keep your mouth healthy. They may give advice on diet to prevent dental decay and suggest ways on stopping smoking. Fissure sealants and fluoride treatment, that your dentist may suggest, may also be a treatment done by the hygienist.

What can I expect from my first hygiene appointment?

Each patient is treated as an individual, so your appointment will be tailored to your needs and concerns. These may vary from a gum health assessment, professional cleaning, advise on homecare products, dietary advice, smoking cessation and any bad breath issues.

What’s the difference between a scale and polish with the dentist than with the hygienist?

Some dentists will do this type of work, however many realise that the hygienist has been specially trained to carry out hygiene therapies and can spend longer with you, they will encourage and motivate you on how to look after your teeth and gums.

How long does a hygiene appointment take?

Patients’ needs differ and we pride ourselves on ensuring that the length of any appointment is tailored to your needs. This may vary between 30 -60 minute  appointment times which include time for our sterilisation/decontamination process between patients.

How often would I need to see a hygienist?

At Beeston Dental Practice we strongly believe in a preventative approach to oral health and we encourage regular hygienist visits. Our gum health assessment charts show us with help from dental radiographs (x-rays), to see how active  your dental disease is. Initially your appointments  may vary  between monthly to 6 monthly, the time between visits is extended as your gums and teeth become healthy. Changing  tooth brushing habits of a life time can be hard, Teamwork between you and the hygienist will get you healthier more quickly.

What are the benefits of seeing a hygienist regularly?

Your gums form the foundations for your teeth and looking after them is paramount to your oral health. Bacteria are building up on your teeth on a daily basis, the hygienist can help encourage you to maintain your oral health.

Will the treatment hurt?

The treatment is usually pain free, however if you do have any discomfort the hygienist can use anaesthetic gels or local anaesthetic.

Is the treatment expensive?

The cost of treatment will varying depending on what is being done and how healthy your gums are. Usually the cost is £40 for a half hour visit. Sometimes the hygienist may spend a number of a appointments working with you to get your mouth healthy. Remember the hygiene treatment benefits ALL your teeth and gums.

Can I see a hygienist when I like?

Under current UK regulations you must be examined by the dentist before seeing the hygienist, speak to your dentist should you wish particular hygiene recall appointments.

Why do I pay up front for my appointments?

This is a practice policy as the hygienist appointments are very popular.