What is a dental hygienist?

The hygienist’s main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’). However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque.

It is very important for an implant patient to see the hygienist regularly, as with an implant there is no periodontal ligament to act as a shock absorber. This means that bone loss can occur due to traumatic occlusion. Peri-implantitis could also occur with poor oral hygiene and lack of maintenance visits.

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