Oral hygienist in The Hague
Every time you talk or laugh, your teeth are visible. By having your teeth regularly cleaned and cared for by a professional oral hygienist or prevention assistant, your teeth will look great. You will be able to smile all day long without having a care in the world and on top of that you will also profit from great oral health.
Do you want to take good care of your teeth? Then oral health is very important. Your dentist will refer you to the oral hygienist or prevention assistant to, together with you, work on an optimal mouth hygiene and oral health. The frequency of your visits depends on the current state of your oral hygiene. It’s common to have a recall every six months, but in case of periodontitis there can be a recall every 3 or 4 months.
The importance of proper oral hygiene
It’s very important to take good care of your teeth. This does not only mean that you have to brush your teeth twice a day, but it also means that you should regularly visit an oral hygienist. If your oral hygiene is not up to a certain standard it could potentially have serious consequences such as gingivitis or periodontitis. The infection of your gums, caused by periodontitis, can cause you a lot of discomfort and pain. In the long-term both gingivitis as periodontitis can even cause bone necrosis. Good oral hygiene will not only protect you from gingivitis and periodontitis, but will also prevent your teeth from loosening.
Insufficient dental hygiene can also lead to bad breath. When you visit an oral hygienist, he or she will thoroughly clean your teeth ridding you of your bad breath.
Treatment at an oral hygienist
A visit to the oral hygienist will start with making a periodontal chart by means of a thorough pocket measurement. Based on the results of these tests the oral hygienist will, together with you, draft a plan of treatment. He or she will then start cleaning your teeth, during this time each tooth will be cleaned on its surface but the oral hygienist will also thoroughly clean between your teeth.
Upon completing the cleaning, the oral hygienist will inform you on to keep your teeth well cared for. He or she will also instruct you on how you can properly brush your teeth and on how to use products such as toothpicks, floss or interdental brushes. A visit to an oral hygienist will not only ensure optimal oral hygiene, it will also give you the necessary insights and knowledge on how to keep your teeth clean and well cared for.
The difference between a prevention assistant and an oral hygienist
More and more dental practices have one or several prevention assistants. Many people think that a prevention assistant carries out the same work as an oral hygienist. This is partly true, however the function of a prevention assistant is quite different from an oral hygienist.
An oral hygienist is mainly concerned with cleaning your teeth and giving you advice on how to keep your teeth well cared for. A prevention assistant can also clean your teeth, but is not licensed to clean your teeth as deep as an oral hygienist. Aside from that the prevention assistant primarily offers assistance to the dentist. He or she does this by performing and / or preparing certain treatments but also by carrying out preventive treatments. A prevention assistant thus has a more general function in which multiple tasks are included whereas an oral hygienist is fully focussed on improving- or caring for oral hygiene. The dentist will determine, based on the results of your DPSI score, whether or not you should see either a prevention assistant or an oral hygienist.
Want to improve your oral hygiene? Make an appointment
Are you looking to improve your oral hygiene? Then contact us and make an appointment with our oral hygienist or dentist.
Our oral hygienist will professionally clean your teeth and give you all the information and insights you need to keep your teeth well cared for. Together with you we work towards optimal dental health, allowing you to smile bright. After all, good dental health consists out of a combination of a dentist, an oral hygienist or prevention assistant and you.