Dental Hygienist Norwich
What is a Hygienist?
Hygienist’s play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They also play a huge role when it comes to dental education for our patients.
Dental Hygienists are specially trained to work as part of our team here at Riverside Dental and to liaise closely with the prescribing dentist.
What can I do to help the hygienist?
You can do an incredible amount at home to improve and maintain your oral condition in between visits to the practice. Your hygienist will have demonstrated to you the best way of removing plaque including the use of interdental (in between teeth) aids such as bottle brushes, single-tufted brushes and floss.
Regular brushing and use of these aids will improve the overall health of your teeth and gums massively.
Generally we suggest you follow this advice:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with an electric toothbrush that has a pressure sensor. Floss, use interdental aids and mouthwash as advised.
- Reduce the amount and frequency of sugar containing food & beverages that you consume and try to minimise snacking.
- Reduce and eventually stop smoking. Your teeth will look and feel much better and so will you!
- Visit your dentist and hygienist when advised, usually every 3-6 months.
Does each dental practice have a hygienist?
Not all practices have a hygienist. Here at Riverside Dental, we pride ourselves on raising the standard of care we offer patients in Norwich. As a result we have 2 hygienists who are dedicated to improving the oral health of our patients.
Can children see a hygienist?
Yes. Children can also benefit from having their teeth cleaned and it gets them into a good habit of looking after their teeth from an early age. Hygienists are also well placed to educate children on the merits of good oral hygiene. Please ask your dentist for further information.
Can a dentist scale and polish teeth?
They can but, in our experience, hygienists generally do a better job. Hygienists are solely trained in this area and work with the dentist’s to ensure the patients all round oral health is the best it could be.
What else can the Hygienist do?
In addition to general scale & polishing, they are able to treat gum disease, provide local anti-microbials and anti-biotics (on prescription from your dentist) and modify and adapt your cleaning regime to suit your individual needs.
That sounds great! Can I spread the cost of my 6 monthly examination and hygiene visit?
Of course! We have a dedicated Dental Plan that does just that. Whether you need to see the hygienist every 3 or 6 months, we have a plan to suit you. You also get many extra benefits by being on our plan. We also have dental plans for children.
Please ask any member of our team for further information.
Our location - Norwich Dentist
The practice is in a fantastic location in NR1 and benefits from free parking next door and is conveniently situated along Riverside Walk in between Norwich Station and Norwich City Football Club adjacent to the River Wensum. There are numerous buses that serve the practice with a major bus stop in Riverside Retail Park. For our less-abled patients, there is free parking right outside our front door.
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