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Depending on what your dental appointment is for, you could see either a dentist, a dental hygienist, or both of them. Everyone knows what a dentist is, but many know what a dental hygienist is or what they do. And even fewer people realise they are actually seen by a dental hygienist during their annual visit to the dental clinic.

Sure… they both wear masks, they both have great dental hygiene, and they both seem to enjoy poking around inside your mouth, but what exactly is a dental hygienist?

What Is A Dental Hygienist?

A dental hygienist is an oral health professional who is responsible for the treatment of a wide range of oral health conditions and diseases. And the main treatment received from a dental hygienist will usually be preventative. In other words, dental hygienists work side by side with dentists to help them provide patients with oral care at the dentist office, as well as helping patients take good care of their teeth everywhere else.

While dental hygienists provide dentists with expert assistance during patient surgeries and general appointments, they can also be seen separately as well. And as most duties performed by dental hygienists are done independently without supervision, the dentist can concentrate on the more advanced procedures.

As an integral part of any dental surgery, dental hygienists must have a qualification from an accredited university in either dental hygiene or oral health, which generally takes around 2 to 3 years. They also need to be registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Professional Regulation Authority) and approved by the Dental Board of Australia.

What Is Their Role In A Dental Clinic?

Basically, a dental hygienist is all about prevention. They review dental histories and provide oral assessments regarding the condition of teeth, gums, and mouth. Dental hygienists are then able to make educated decisions for the most effective plan to help with the treatment and prevention of oral diseases

An important aspect of a dental hygienist’s role is they’re also responsible for teaching patients, especially children, about the importance of maintaining good oral health. For example, they may provide tips on improving general dental health habits, or offer specific advice on how to clean and floss your teeth.

It is also pretty common for dental hygienists to conduct a wide range of dental procedures when you visit your dentist, such as teeth cleaning, plaque removal, oral examinations, taking x-rays, and other basic practices. Dental hygienists also assist with surgeries during emergency dentist appointments.

A dental hygienist may notice problematic teeth, poor gum health, signs of decay, or any other dental hygiene issues. When this happens, they can then ensure the dentist is aware of the problem, before assisting them with the diagnosis and discussing the best options for treatment.

A dental hygienist can also help patients determine the cause of their bad breath and then help provide them with a proactive solution to the problem. Plus they can perform dietary analyses before discussing the importance of a good diet with a healthy lifestyle and how they can affect dental hygiene.

By providing all of these services, dental hygienists can help patients reduce the chance of developing gum disease, prevent tooth decay, and other oral health issues. By avoiding these types of significant dental problems altogether, your dental hygienist can help ensure your mouth always stays as healthy as possible.

Why Choose Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic?

It’s simple really. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we put our patients first. This is why we have the best people working with us, from dentists to dental prosthetists and, of course, dental hygienists.

Whether you’re looking for dental veneers, or you want to know the cost of dental implants, or your teeth just need a clean, call our Camden dentists today. We even have AfterPay dental available!

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From my first phone call to Tomika explaining my situation with my teeth and how bad they were and that I didn't know where to start, to having my first free appointment with Elias was the best thing I have ever done. Tomika is very easy to talk to, friendly and professional. Elias, well he is great, told me exactly what he could achieve, the cost and the timeframe and he was spot on. Read more

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Elias prepared a full set of dentures for my 90 year old mother. The service he provided was exceptional, using current technology effectively to create a set of dentures which were far superior to what she had previously had. Elias also made it very clear that my mother could go back at any time if minor adjustments were required. He gives meticulous attention to detail. Tamika ensures that appointments run to time. Read more

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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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