Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Visit A Dental Hygienist

Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Visit A Dental Hygienist
Ken Nathan
19 Oct, 2022

The primary role of dental hygienists is to professionally clean teeth and advise patients about oral hygiene. We can help patients maintain a healthy smile and treat various health issues. During a routine visit, a patient may see a dentist and a dental hygienist.

Dental hygienist treatment services are available at N7 Dental Care in Holloway Road, London N7 and the surrounding area. Our team of dedicated providers works together to give patients the very best dental health. With a comprehensive approach to dental and oral health, patients benefit from our thorough treatment plans, which start with routine cleanings and examinations by the dental hygienist.

Great dental health means there should be a partnership between the patient and the care team. Our team of dental staff is committed to patient education and proper oral care. Call us at 0207 609 1122 to schedule your next cleaning with a dental hygienist.

How Dental Hygienists Help With Patient Screening

During routine exams and cleanings, our N7 dental hygienists may also assist the dentist with patient screenings for some conditions. They may assess your oral health and use a periodontal chart to evaluate your potential for gum disease. They may also inquire about any other health issues or chronic conditions.

Some dental hygienists may also perform cancer screenings during the examination, such as oral cancer. These dental professionals also examine the head, jaw, and neck to spot potential problems. Dental hygienists also may take X-rays of the teeth and mouth to determine if there are cavities or other oral issues.


Another aspect of a dental hygienist’s job is to advise patients and provide advice for optimal oral health. They may educate patients about the importance of proper brushing and flossing and provide suggestions for oral hygiene techniques. Dental hygienists also may offer recommendations for different types of toothbrushes and flossing products.

Proper oral care at the dentist also requires working as a team. Our dental hygienist works with the N7 Dental Care dentists to evaluate the condition of the gums, teeth, and screening results. Our effective record-keeping helps us monitor possible problem areas.

When a Dental Hygienist Treats Patients

Dental hygienists are usually involved in a patient’s regular, routine cleaning appointment. It’s important to schedule regular appointments and our dentists recommend an appointment every 6 months. During a standard appointment, you may start treatment with the dental hygienist and here’s what to expect on your first visit to us.

Health History: Before starting any examination or cleaning, the dental hygienist may first review your health and history. We’ll review your dental records and health information. Then we’ll discuss any concerns you may have before going to the next step of the appointment.

Teeth Cleaning: Next, your London N7 dental hygienist will clean your teeth. We’ll use a professional polisher to remove build-up and stains on the enamel. We’ll also use tools to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and the gum line.

Fluoride Treatment: Some dental hygienists may provide preventative services during a routine visit. Fluoride treatment helps keep the teeth healthy and strong. Dental sealant application to prevent tooth decay may also be part of a routine appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About a Dental Hygienist

Q. How often should a patient get their teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist?

For most patients, we recommended getting teeth cleaned twice a year. Regular teeth cleanings at the dentist may help prevent cavities and plaque build-up. They can also help spot possible problems in the teeth and monitor them for the future.

Q. How does the dental hygienist remove the tartar on the teeth?

During a routine cleaning, the hygienist will spend time scraping off the tartar on the patient’s teeth. The hygienists will use a tool called a scaler and a small dental mirror to guide their work. Patients may hear the sound of the scaler working against their teeth during this part of the cleaning.

Q. How does the tartar the dental hygienist removes form on the teeth?

Tartar starts off as build-up and plaque in between the spaces of the teeth and along the gums. At home, patients can remove the plaque and build-up by regularly flossing. Once it hardens, it turns into tartar, which can only be removed and cleaned off by a dental hygienist.

Q. What kind of X-rays does a dental hygienist perform?

If a patient needs dental X-rays, the hygienist may take them. Bite-wing X-rays are used when the dentist needs to get a closer look at certain parts of the mouth. Panoramic X-rays give dental providers a complete look at the entire set of teeth and jawbone structure.

What does the dental hygienist recommend for patients after a cleaning?

Patients who received a fluoride treatment may need to wait about 30 minutes to eat or drink. It’s also advised to avoid certain hard or crunchy foods right after a professional cleaning. Hygienists also make it a point to remind patients to keep brushing and flossing after their visit.

How much does a visit to a dental hygienist cost?

We offer some of the most cost-effective dental treatments in London, including dental hygiene services. If you look after your dental and oral hygiene and visit us on a regular basis then you have a very good chance of preventing any more complicated and more expensive dental problems developing in the mid to long term. So investing in your teeth is good for your health and pocket!

Contact us today and book your visit to the dental hygienist

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