What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

A Dental Hygienist is a qualified and fully licensed Dental Professional who specialises in preventative oral health techniques, and the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.

Hygienists work for a Dentist performing procedures which include mapping the condition of the gums and tooth supporting tissues, (also known as pocket charting), deep scalings and root planing for patients with periodontal disease, applying dental sealants, administration of fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene and care.

Whilst a Dental Hygienist does not have as large a repertoire of diagnostic knowledge/techniques and treatments as a Dentist, they are extremely competent and highly skilled in all they do. In fact when it comes to deep scaling, a Hygienist is usually more experienced that a Dentist. Your Hygienist only works to the Treatment Plan prescribed by your Dentist, but at a lower hourly rate, thereby providing a more cost efficient way of receiving specialist care.

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