The Role of the Hygienist

The prevention and treatment of gum disease in Chelsea and Kensington.

Although, at the London Centre for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we have excellent staff that are able to effectively treat gum disease in our patients; without a doubt, we would much prefer that the problem did not reach this stage and that our patients focussed on the prevention of this teeth threatening problem.

Naturally, brushing and flossing of the teeth are very important to prevent gingivitis, and also to prevent the onset of more serious conditions such as periodontitis which can attack the bone that hold the teeth in place.

An additional and important step though, in the prevention of gum disease is to ensure that you visit our Central London hygienist on a regular basis, most commonly six months, although this may need to be more frequent in certain situations.

Our very own hygienist, Yana Ariyanayagam, is registered with the GDC (General Dental Council) and works to treat each patient individually according to their needs.

Why a hygienist?

The main function of the hygienist is in the prevention of gum disease and other dental problems. For this to be effective, education must play a large role, alongside any procedures that need to be performed.

Our hygienist is able to perform procedures on our patients from Chelsea and Kensington whose gingivitis has gone past the stage where simple brushing and flossing will remove it. Even in those who take great care of their oral health, there is a strong possibility that there will be areas that do not get cleaned as well as others; most often this is at the rear of the back teeth and plaque and hardened deposits can easily build up here. As this is a difficult area to reach ourselves, the hygienist is well placed to remove this to prevent the advance of gingivitis.

Oral Cancers

The hygienist too is excellently placed to spot potential signs of oral cancers, something which we may not, ourselves, know what to look for. The risk of oral cancer is significantly heightened in those who smoke or who drink regularly and these people especially, should visit our hygienist on a regular basis.

It should be emphasised that we are dentists and not general medical experts – consequently our recommendation that you visit your GP is purely precautionary and does not necessarily indicate any medical problem actually exists. However we are ideally placed to identify any oral irregularities that need to be checked out in more detail by a medical professional.

The role of Education

One of the key roles of a hygienist is in educating our Central London patients in the best way to keep their teeth healthy and free of gum disease. One of the things that a lot of people do find difficult is flossing. Our hygienist will be happy to demonstrate the most effective way to floss, and, in cases where the patient finds this almost impossible to do so, may advise alternatives such as inter-dental sticks which perform a similar role.

We are conveniently located in Central London and if you would like to make an appointment to see our Westminster based hygienist, please call our team on 020 7589 7792.