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A common question amongst patients is ‘what does a dental hygienist do?’ This question is important, as it is easy to assume dentists cover all areas of oral dental treatment. However, this is a common misconception as dental hygienists have their own contribution in looking after your teeth. This blog will look at some of the reasons why you should come and visit the Ascent Dental Care hygienists located in Loughborough, Malvern, Solihull and Tamworth.

What can a hygienist help with?

Dental hygienists focus mainly on preventing any complications occurring with your dental health, as well as treating any existing problems, such as gum disease. This can range from showing you methods of effective teeth brushing to scale and polish treatment. A ‘scale and polish’ involves removing plaque and tartar on your teeth to prevent decay.

Aside from carrying out these roles, a dental hygienist will also work closely with a dentist to help diagnose potential issues with patients and offer the correct solutions in terms of treatment. The dental hygienist can also take dental x-rays to help with a diagnosis.

Dental hygienists can also implement fissure sealants, apply fluoride varnishes and carry out fluoride treatments. Tooth whitening is another procedure usually performed by the dental hygienist if your dentist refers you.

Why is it important to see an Ascent Dental Care hygienist?

Hygienists are an integral part of the dental clinic. They offer a range of treatments to help your oral health and are experienced in dealing with serious infections like gum disease. Aside from this, they also provide aesthetic solutions for your teeth, such as teeth whitening or stain removal.

Hygienists can also offer lifestyle tips to help protect your teeth. For example, they can create a tailored diet plan to help cut down on sugary foods and drinks affecting your teeth. By visiting the hygienist regularly, you can build up a relationship and talk openly about your oral health and any concerns you or the hygienist may have regarding your teeth and gums.

If you’re looking for a professional, deep clean of your teeth and gums, find your nearest Ascent Dental Care practice and book your next appointment with our talented hygienists.