Your Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists are specially trained to focus mainly on teeth cleaning and whitening, preventive dental health and treating gum disease. With the help of our dental hygienist, you can continue taking good care of your teeth and gums in your everyday life.
If you need further treatment beyond the ‘scale and polish’ our hygienist provides, we will discuss next steps. We will find the simplest, safest, most effective way to fully restore the health of your gums so that your teeth can grow strong and stay healthy.
Dental Hygienist Services
- Professional teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar (‘scale and polish’).
- X-rays, which are important in diagnosing any problems that require treatment.
- Professional teeth whitening to brighten your smile up to 6 shades lighter.
- Fissure sealants, fluoride varnishes and fluoride treatments — critical to preventing dental problems.
- Gum disease treatment to prevent tooth loss, heart disease and bad breath.
To remove stains, plaque and tartar, our dental hygienist uses a technique called air polishing.
- Scaling is a process in which the hygienist removes the hard tartar on your teeth that cannot be removed by brushing.
- Polishing quickly and safely removes stains, plaque and tartar to clean and whiten teeth.
- Polishing also makes it difficult for plaque to accumulate on the tooth surface area.
Teeth whitening is the next step for the bright white teeth expected in today’s world. Our dental hygienist can provide professional teeth whitening that will brighten your teeth many shades whiter.
- ZOOM! Professional teeth whitening products in our chairside treatments.
- Home whitening kit – which helps prolong the excellent results of ZOOM!
Choose the options that work best for you:
- Chairside Teeth Whitening only
- Home Kit Whitening only
- Package: Chairside + Home Kit Whitening
Gum Disease Treatment
If your gums bleed after brushing, it’s a sign you have early stages of gum disease. Gum disease is a very common condition in which gums become swollen, sore or infected. When gingivitis isn’t treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place. Untreated periodontitis results in lost teeth.
Your dental hygienist can provide treatment for gum disease:
- Deep scaling to remove tartar below the gum
- Advice on improving oral hygiene
- Follow-up to ensure gum disease has improved
Your dental hygienist can also provide these treatments:
- Fluoride gels. Adults who have a lot of decay can benefit from having fluoride applied. They can also have anti-bacterial gels and solutions applied under the gum to kill the bacteria causing gum disease.
- Fluoride varnishes. Children can benefit from having their teeth polished. The hygienist can also apply fluoride varnishes to help prevent decay.
- Plastic sealing. Adult back teeth can benefit from having the biting surfaces sealed. This is done by applying a special plastic coating to the biting surface soon after the teeth come through.
The hygienists are experts at teaching patients how to look after your teeth and gums.
If your gum disease is severe, the hygienist will spend a number of appointments getting the gums healthy. If you need crowns or fillings, this gum treatment will get you ready for the dentist to restore your teeth.