Dentist in Harborne, Birmingham

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Periodontal Therapy » Hygiene Therapy

Traci, our Dental Hygienist is approachable, extremely bubbly and enthusiastic. She develops excellent relationships with all patients and we feel confident that with our dental hygienist you will feel quickly at ease. You will receive expert help and advice on caring for your teeth, alongside excellent treatment to improve your oral health.

What is the role of a Dental Hygienist?

Dental Hygienists are specially trained to work with the Dentist in giving Dental care to the patients. They play a very important role and are mainly concerned with ensuring and maintaining impeccable oral health.

Dental hygienists help prevent dental disease. One of their skills is to carefully remove hard deposits of Calculus (tartar) and teach good oral hygiene techniques to prevent it forming again. Dental Hygienists are also trained to recognise and deal with a host of other dental needs.

Dental Hygienists have both clinical and health promotional responsibilities. Clinically they help to treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease by scaling and polishing teeth; they can take dental radiographs and undertake monitoring and screening procedures. Dental Hygienists are also permitted to apply topical fluorides and fissure sealants in order to reduce dental caries (tooth decay).

Their Health Promotional role includes motivating and encouraging individuals and groups in oral health practices including oral hygiene and diet advice.

A dental hygienist, under the written prescription of a dentist may:

  1. Monitor gum (periodontal) disease by using current indices.
  2. Monitor plaque scores
  3. Provide oral hygiene advice.
  4. Give specific Preventative advice including nutritional guidance, advice and use of fluoride agents and the benefits of smoking cessation.
  5. Develop a home care plan for individual patients to maintain oral health.
  6. Perform scaling above and below the gum.
  7. Comprehensive hand scaling of the root surface (debridement)
  8. Provide a through polishing, which will include finishing and polishing of fillings if required.
  9. Apply fissure sealants
  10. Replace crowns with temporary cement in an emergency.
  11. Remove excess cement by instruments.
  12. Placement of local anaesthetic when necessary
  13. Placing of anti-microbial agents when necessary.
  14. Take radiographs provided they have undergone 'core knowledge' certificate.
  15. Take impressions.
  16. Administer inferior dental nerve block anaesthesia under the direct personal supervision of a registered dentist.
  17. Administer local infiltration anaesthesia without the direct personal supervision of a registered dentist.

The work of a dental hygienist is controlled by the Dentist Act 1984, and the Dental Auxiliaries Regulations 1986, as amended in 1991 and 2002. The regulations set out the work, which dental hygienists may carry out under the direction of a registered dentist who has examined the patient and issued a written prescription

Will it hurt?

Simple scaling and polishing is usually pain free. Patients who have not seen a hygienist before or have large deposits of calculus can feel anxious and worried about the procedure. At Harborne Dental Practice we have taken extensive steps to reduce any anxiety or discomfort for you by:

  1. By increasing the appointment times, the procedure is slower, gentler and thorough.
  2. By administering local anaesthesia as required
  3. By using special instruments to allow cleaning in a more gentle manner

Why is this treatment so important?

Regular professional cleaning combined with motivation and teaching to improve your homecare routine will ensure huge dental benefits. A clean and healthy mouth improves your appearance and gives you fresh breath. However, research has shown that good cleaning significantly reduces the risk of filling replacement, new cavities, gum recession, food trapping and teeth drifting. Gum disease is also linked to Heart disease and there are concerns about poor gum health and pregnancy.

Why doesn't the Dentist do this work?

The dentists recognise that the Hygienist is specially trained for cleaning and will spend much longer with you. They are also experts in coaching and motivating you to correctly look after your teeth and gums

Does every dental practice have a Hygienist?

Not all practices have a Dental Hygienist. At the Harborne Dental Practice we see the value of having a hygienist and are proud to be able to offer this service to all our patients. We find that our Hygienist preventative programme is extremely popular. Hygienists can work when the dentist is not there, as long as the patient has been seen by the dentist earlier and a treatment is prescribed.

How much does it cost?

Our current charges are £51 for a single session with our Hygienist, if applicable further visits maybe required. This represents excellent value as we do NOT make any additional charges for the newer technologies and techniques that we employ.

We recommend REGULAR dental hygiene care. All research demonstrates that a clean and healthy mouth is the simplest way to stop expensive dental repairs.

How do I make an appointment?

Please phone our practice on 0121 420 2323 for appointments with our highly recommended hygienist Traci Jones

Hygienist Testimonials

Some of the comments about Traci, our hygienist.

Traci is a lovely lady and did a great job on my scale and polish - and I have sensitive teeth and am not the most chilled when it comes to dental procedures. The way she did it was pain free and she managed to put me at ease - I can really recommend her !
Emma Ricketts

I am a dental nurse with almost 9years experience an ive worked alongside traci, she is wonderful and I’ve seen many nervous patients become at ease under her care. brilliant hygienist, highly recommended.
Joanne Webb

Traci works on Tuesday and Thursday 8.40am until 5pm and Wednesday 8am until 2pm. If you would like to book an appointment, please call our team on 0121 420 2323

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