Dental Hygiene Golders Green
Our dental hygienists are a key part of the dental team at The Lotus Clinic. Our mission is to help you achieve a confident and healthy smile, and to keep your teeth in perfectly healthy condition. Our hygienists work alongside the dental team and it is possible to see a hygienist directly without a prescription from a dentist if you would like. To book a hygienist appointment simply give us a call or visit the request an appointment page.
What does a dental hygienist do?
A dental hygienist assesses the health of your teeth and gums and gently removes any plaque and tartar caused by bacteria collecting in areas inside your mouth, usually as a result of poor oral hygiene. Once your are teeth are deep cleaned, your hygienists will create a treatment plan designed to help you overcome any dental health problems you may have, and work with you to maintain your teeth in a clean and healthy state. Your hygienist will also give you an oral health score. Each time you visit the hygienist we can compare your score against your previous visit and let you know whether the new dental health routine is working for you. If for some reason it isn’t then we can look at why and make adjustments accordingly.
How can I keep my teeth clean?
Teeth must be cleaned twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. If you divide your mouth into quadrants, upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left you need to spend 30 seconds cleaning each quadrant. After you have cleaned your teeth we recommend flossing, this removes debris in the hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and cleans below your gumline.
How often should I visit the dentist and dental hygienist?
We recommend visiting your both your dentist and dental hygienist twice a year. If you have a particular problem with your dental health you may be advised to visit the dentist or hygienist more frequently.
Is a hygienist really necessary, can’t a dentist do it?
Although it is possible for a dentist to do everything that the hygienist does, hygienists have had extensive training in oral health care, have more time to spend with patients and are therefore the best qualified people to help you look after your dental health.