What is the role of the hygienist?
Dental Hygienists are specially trained to work alongside Dentists. They play a very important role and are mainly concerned with maintaining your oral health.
Clinically, Dental Hygienists help to treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease using scaling and polishing treatments as well as taking dental radiographs and monitoring and screening procedures. Dental Hygienists are also permitted to apply fluorides and sealants to reduce dental caries (tooth decay).
Their role includes motivating and encouraging patients in oral health practices including oral hygiene and diet advice.