You can’t beat the fresh, just-cleaned feeling you get after a visit to the dental hygienist. But did you know that regular appointments with your hygienist also play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease? Read on to find out how an appointment with one of our dental therapists can benefit you. 
How do hygienists differ from dentists? 
Dentists and hygienists work together to take excellent care of your teeth, however there are key differences between them and hygienist appointments should not be substituted for regular dental heath assessments with your dentist. Dentists are like GPs and surgeons rolled into one; they can write prescriptions, perform surgical procedures, and administer local anaesthetics. Many dentists have specialist areas of interest in fields such as endodontics or orthodontics. In contrast, hygienists focus on providing services based on prevention and the hygiene of the mouth, teeth, and gums. They play a vital role in identifying and treating the early signs of gum disease. 
Why should I see a hygienist? 
Dental hygienists are experts when it comes to the health of your gums. They provide therapies to remove hardened plaque (tartar) that cannot be removed through brushing alone and demonstrate effective brushing and flossing techniques that can help prevent gum disease. It is also crucial that your hygienist helps you to understand your disease and teaches you how to help yourself. Only by truly understanding what is going on in gum disease can you get the best healing. Park Dental Care dental therapists Claire, Karen and Christina offer both preventative and cosmetic hygiene treatments that are available to you even if you are not currently registered with a dentist. 
What services do you offer? 
Hygienists Claire, Karen and Christina offer several gentle and effective professional hygiene treatments at Park Dental Care, including: 
Cosmetic Polish – A gentle 20-minute treatment that removes staining from tea, coffee, red wine, and smoking from the surface of your teeth, leaving them feeling fresh and smooth. 
The Classic – A traditional scaling, tartar, and stain removal treatment using modern ultrasound to loosen calculus and plaque from your teeth and the spaces between them. Once the loosened material is removed, our professional team carry out a cosmetic polish using specially formulated prophylaxis paste. This treatment takes around 40 minutes. 
The Full Works – Both of the above treatments, plus an additional polish with Janina tooth whitening paste. During this hour-long treatment, your hygienist will provide advice on effective brushing techniques, dietary habits, and maintaining good oral hygiene. This package is designed and recommended by Park Dental Care dentist Timothy Webber. 
I’m not a patient, can I still book a hygiene appointment? 
Yes – Claire, Karen and Christina provide an independent service under the ‘Just Hygiene’ name, and you do not need to be registered with a dentist to benefit. However, this service is not a substitute for regular and professional assessment by a qualified dentist and all clients are advised to visit a dentist for a full assessment. Hygiene appointments are available evenings and also on Saturdays. 
To book your next dental hygienist appointment with Claire and Christina, contact Park Dental Care today. 
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