Dental Hygiene and YOU!

Our focus at Marriott & Hand is to provide “Excellence in care in restoring and maintaining our client’s dental health.”

Until recently, both David & Philip have maintained each client’s oral health needs by performing routine scaling and cleaning and periodontal therapy when required.

We have a desire to further enhance the depth and quality of services with a preventative oral care focus. For this reason, we have chosen to expand this area of dentistry with the addition of a dental hygienist into our practice. Marriott & Hand recognise certain aspects of your treatment, especially in the area of home care, are better delivered by other dental professionals.

What is a dental hygienist?

A dental hygienist is a tertiary qualified dental health professional who works collaboratively with both dentists and staff as an important and integral member of your dental team.

Hygienists are specifically trained to assess and provide individualised oral care and establish an ongoing maintenance regime. It is a combination of preventative, educational and therapeutic methods used to control, reduce and attempt to eliminate oral disease.

This is designed to help each person achieve and maintain their overall optimal dental health. This program will further support the more complex work that dentists have planned or provided for you and which you have invested in both financially and with your time.

What are the benefits of seeing a dental hygienist?

Efficient and effective toothbrushing and flossing are learned skills which take time to perfect and often require guidance. Your dental hygienist is there to be your set of eyes in an area of your body that few have really explored thoroughly. Often by having someone else oversee your technique, they are in a position to assess both how the positioning of the brush and the angle of the bristle, or simply the way your mouth tightens, can all impede the effectiveness of plaque removal. This is often only part of the puzzle; they are also there to answer questions you may have had that perhaps at another time you haven’t felt confident enough to ask, sending you home with a misunderstanding of what is really happening in your mouth.

If you would like to find out how healthy your mouth is why not take our dental health quiz?

An oral hygiene appointment is a separate 60 minute appointment that can coincide with your regular dental examination or other scheduled dental work as required. During this time your dental hygienist will discuss your specific needs in relation to the presence of oral disease.

Oral disease may consist of:

  • dental decay or demineralisation
  • gingivitis
  • periodontitis
  • erosion and attrition.

Our dental hygienist will provide you with appropriate information and resources, as well as outline a more specific course of treatment if required. At times the information can be quite new and the terminology quite foreign. The amount of time set aside for the oral hygiene appointments reflect this, to allow effective communication and feedback, ensuring you understand everything.

Some of the allotted time will be taken to help you identify the issues contributing to compromised health, and how to recognise this in order for you to be more effective in prevention. The other portion of the appointment will be the physical removal of irritants and the use of therapeutic agents to promote healing. If your teeth are particularly sensitive while you are having them cleaned, we have several ways of reducing or eliminating this, so please let us know. Often, we don’t need any anaesthetic at all.

Preventative care programs

A preventative care program may include any or all of these elements over time as your personal situation and needs change. This can include any of the following:

  • Oral hygiene instruction (manual/electric and interproximal cleaning)
  • Dental health education
  • Periodontal examination, assessment, and charting
  • Physical detection and removal of plaque and calculus
  • Fissure sealants (a preventative seal in the grooves of susceptible teeth)
  • Application of chemical and therapeutic agents for reduction of demineralisation or sensitivity
  • Dietary analysis
  • Saliva testing
  • X-rays, dental impressions or photographs (as required)
  • Exploration of contributing health factors for increased risk of oral disease.

It is important to remember that your mouth is often a reflection of what is happening throughout your body. Therefore, it is essential to consider and understand the contribution that systemic conditions, medications and lifestyle factors may have on your oral health.

Preventative Care Airport West

The team at Marriott & Hand Dental believe that preventative care and education along with effective home care are vital aspects of your dental future. With this at the forefront of our minds, your very experienced, capable, highly skilled dentists believe that what is best for their clients is the added value of an onsite professional trained specifically in this aspect of dentistry. Book your appointment today!