Our friendly oral hygienists, Janie and Danielle, have many years of dental experience and pride themselves on their ability to offer exceptional dental hygiene procedures, advice and care. We welcome new and existing patients to visit our practice and enjoy the delivery of thorough and professional dental treatment. Our goal is to assist you in achieving an optimal level of oral health in a comfortable and informative way.
What procedures can a hygienist complete?
Hygienists are clinicians that have been trained in the cleaning and maintenance of the mouth, teeth and gums; application of topical fluoride and can offer detailed advice regarding diet and oral hygiene practices.
Our dentists appreciate and recognise the advantage of utilising our hygienists’ skills and routinely refer patients for oral health care and maintenance, this also gives our dentists the opportunity to provide complex restorative care. Good oral hygiene maintenance by yourself and the hygienist is essential for achieving optimum oral health and longevity for your teeth and restorations.
What type of gum diseases and other oral conditions can hygienists identify, treat and/or refer to a dental specialist?
Gingivitis – is inflammation (swelling, bleeding and redness) of the gingiva (gums). It is caused usually by inadequate oral hygiene practices and it is important to seek treatment as it can lead to more serious gum conditions such as periodontitis.
Periodontitis – is inflammation of the whole tooth unit including the gums, ligaments and bone. Left untreated periodontitis results in the loss of hard tissue (bone) and soft tissues (gums and ligaments) which all support the teeth. Over time the teeth become loose and can eventually be lost due to a lack of structural support.
The aim of periodontal treatment is to stabilise the disease and prevent further destruction of the structures that support teeth. Treatment involves debridement of the tooth to remove bacteria and calculus (hardened plaque) from above and below the gum line. Non-surgical treatment in most cases results in a positive outcome and generally periodontitis can usually be managed with regular, thorough hygiene maintenance appointments with our hygienists. Should the condition be significantly advanced, a referral to a periodontist (specialist) will be recommended.
Helpful Oral Hygiene Resources from Australian Dental Association: