What does a dental hygienist do?

Dental cleaning

During a dental cleaning we will ensure that your entire mouth is cleared of all deposits and scale. If necessary, we will provide oral hygiene instructions and finally perform a polish, so that you leave with a fresh mouth. The time we spend depends on several factors. If you come regularly, this will be an average of 30 minutes.

Periodontal treatment

When treating periodontal disease, we will first want to create an overall picture. We will then carefully map all the spaces under the gums. The locations of the deep pockets are noted in a periodontal status. Based on this we will take the next steps. This includes multiple appointments for initial dental cleaning and extensive oral hygiene instructions. After the teeth have been completely and extensively cleaned, we make an evaluation status after 3 months to see what the result of the treatment is. Here the areas of concern are discussed and the follow-up process is determined.

Brushing instructions

You can also contact us for cleaning instructions only. We often do this with children. The goal is to pay extra attention to oral health and to make them realize that going to the dentist is not always scary. Where children have braces, oral hygiene is often very difficult and in an orthodontic practice there is not always enough time for support. We can help them by showing everything step by step. The dental hygienist is fully reimbursable for children up to the age of 18. Unfortunately, nowadays there is a maximum reimbursement per insurance that we need to keep in mind.

Sealants (protective layer on the molars)

If the grooves (fissures) on top of the molars are very deep, it is difficult to brush properly there. Bacteria will therefore easily accumulate and can cause cavities. What we do with a sealant is apply a layer of lacquer that fills the fissures, so that bacteria can no longer grow there, making it easier to brush.

Fillings

As a dental hygienist, we can also repair small fillings/defects. As soon as I think the hole is too deep, I will refer you to the dentist.

Anesthesia

If you prefer, we can always perform the treatments with the help of anesthesia.

Bleaching

In our modern practice we can also make whitening mouthguards. We initially do this by making imprints which are then used to make the mouthguards. We will discuss everything in detail during this appointment. We will then schedule a follow-up appointment during which you can pick up the mouthguards. This takes approximately 2-3 working days.

Tooth diamant

Would you like a diamond on your tooth? We can take care of that.

First of all we will look where you would like the crystal to be placed. We start to treat the tooth with an etching gel. We glue the skyce diamond with helio bond. After the treatment you can eat and drink immediately.

Gingivitis 

Inflamed gums, now what?

The color of healthy gums is pink, the gums do not bleed and lie tightly around the teeth. Inflamed gums can be a combination of several causes. Every day a layer of plaque forms on the teeth, this layer mainly consists of bacteria. If we allow too many bacteria to remain due to poor oral hygiene, they can cause inflamed gums. We often see that the gums are redder, swollen and bleed more quickly, for example during brushing teeth. Good oral hygiene is therefore very important. The first stage of inflamed gums is called gingivitis. A more advanced stage is called periodontitis. We will treat gingivitis through extensive dental cleaning and various oral hygiene instructions. After the treatment, your teeth will be completely polished, so that you will go home with a fresh mouth. We will schedule a follow-up appointment after the treatment so that we can monitor how things are going and treat the gingivitis preventively.

Periodontitis

Pockets? Bone loss? My teeth are becoming loose?

If you have gingivitis and you don't do anything about it, the inflammation in the gum line can worsen and spread towards the jawbone. We call this periodontitis. The jawbone retreats from the inflammation to protect itself. This is where spaces arise under the gums, which we call pockets. Scaling can continue to take place in these deep pockets. Periodontitis can cause so much jaw bone to be broken down that the teeth become loose and eventually fall out.

What can we do about this? First of all, we want to create an overall picture by properly mapping all the spaces under the gums (pocket). The locations of the deep pockets are noted in a periodontal status. Based on this, we will take the next steps, such as multiple appointments for the initial dental cleaning and extensive oral hygiene instructions. After the teeth have been completely and extensively cleaned, we make an evaluation status after 3 months to see what the result of the treatment is. Here the areas of concern are discussed and the follow-up process is determined.