Dental Hygiene Appointments | Dental Hygienist Brisbane
Not only is preventive treatment and education the key focus of a hygiene appointment, but keeping you comfortable and ensuring a positive experience is an essential part of any treatment at BOH Dental.
What is a Dental Hygienist?
Have you ever had an appointment with a dental hygienist? As their name suggests, dental hygienists are all about a clean, healthy mouth and oral environment.
A hygienist’s use of preventive and educational techniques to inform patients about oral health is invaluable, and dental hygienists are an integral part of modern dentistry and its team-based approach to dental care and patient treatment.
As stated by the Australian Dental Association, some of the services provided by a dental hygienist include –
- Preventive Treatment through Cleaning & Scaling
- Tooth Whitening & Removal of Stains from Teeth
- Custom Mouthguard Impressions
- Polishing and Maintenance of Dental Restorations & Fillings
- Patient Education & Practice of Appropriate Oral Hygiene
Prevention & Patient Education
Oral hygienists are experts at teaching you to clean those hard to reach corners of your mouth – and this is particularly useful for young children who may not yet understand the importance of brushing or how to brush effectively.
Similarly, patients who have had dental work completed, particularly orthodontics, bridges & implants, often find themselves uncertain of the best ways to perform routine cleaning and maintenance. No matter the treatment, hygienists have all the perfect products for showing you how to clean and maintain a healthy mouth.
This means that not only does your hygienist help you keep your oral health in tip top shape, they also teach you techniques to continually improve your oral health, even when you aren’t at the dentist!
One of the most important parts of a dental hygienist’s job is dental cleaning and showing you how to maintain your pearly whites!
Hygienists love preventing dental decay, and a typical dental clean involves removing all the built up plaque and calculus from your teeth, and a thorough check of your periodontal health (that is, your gums).
Not only will dental cleaning immediately improve your oral health, but it also gives our Hygienist time to work out which areas of the mouth you or your children may find harder to clean. This means that areas susceptible to dental decay, such as cavities, can be discussed and a prevention plan established that helps you and your family keep your dental hygiene firmly under your control.
Our Dental Hygienist
Alice Canniffe, BAppHSc (Oral Health) – brings many years experience to BOH Dental and has received a second qualification as a Dental Therapist that allows her to do routine dentistry on school-aged children.
You can get an insight into some of Alice’s thoughts on dental hygiene and some great tips on brushing your teeth in our video.
Our Hygiene Articles
Alice has been quick to develop a comfortable understanding with all our patients and staff and is knowledgeable about many Dental Hygiene topics. You can even read some of the articles Alice has helped us write on our blog, or click the links directly below!
Our guide to Gum Disease and the best ways to prevent and treat these Periodontal problems, such as dental cleans and routine dental check-ups.
If you want to lessen the impact acidic drinks have on your teeth, then check out Alice’s guide here.
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