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What is a Hygienist?

Hygienists treat the Gums to keep your mouth healthy and fresh. They also treat the common Gum problems that are not commonly treated by Dentists.

Do I have a Gum Problem?

Look out for any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Redness and/or swelling of gums
  • Receding gums ( teeth look longer )
  • Sore gums
  • Loose teeth

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How do Hygienists treat the Gums?

First, is a cleaning of the spaces between the affected teeth and gums. This removes all the plaque and the Tartar which is mainly responsible for the disease process and makes the tooth surface nice and smooth. This removes sites where the bacteria lodge within the gums. It also reduces the chance of more bacteria taking hold because it's harder for plaque to stick to a smooth surface.

The Hygienist then polishes the tooth with an special paste to remove stains and instructs the patient on maintenance and home care, including the use of special anti-bacterial mouthwashes.

Afterwards, you'll have to get frequent, regular cleanings to maintain control of the problem. Be aware that gum disease can run in families. You'll also have to practice good oral hygiene at home and try to reduce other risk factors for gum disease, like quitting smoking or eating fewer sweets.

Does the treatment hurt?

You can expect some discomfort from periodontal treatment, but it will probably be much less than you fear. The high fear factor is one of the reasons why people don't see the dentist soon enough when they notice symptoms. Although about half of patients reported feeling fearful of pain before they were treated, less than 10 percent reported feeling any large discomfort or pain from treatment, according to a poll by the American Academy of Periodontology. For those that do, the Hygienist can administer local anaesthetics to make the process comfortable and easy.

Recent advances in dental techniques and equipment, in addition to the better use of anesthetics, have made periodontal treatment more comfortable. Local anesthesia, pain medications and even sedation are used more frequently.

Please feel free to critique some of these timelapse videos of some of our more elaborate work:

Broken mouth makeover; time lapse 

Front tooth replacement; time lapse

Composite Veneers and Crowns time lapse

Creating pearly whites; time lapse

For more information about Dental Hygiene see Wellingtons leading Dental hygienists here

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