What You DIDN’T Know About Your Dental Hygienist
The role of the dental hygienist is vital in any dental practice. At Robert Duhig Dental, we are focused on providing the most professional, gentle treatment possible. Having confidence in your dental surgery isn’t just about having a perfect smile – it’s about knowing that you’re in confident, capable hands every step of the way.
What is the role of the dental hygienist?
A dental hygienist, otherwise known as a dental nurse, has a specific role to play in the treatment of patients. Their calm, consistent manner soothes the nerves of anxious patients who may have had negative experiences at other treatment centres.
It’s their role to work towards preventing dental decay by ‘deep cleaning’ teeth. You’ll find them working away with patients to remove the build-up of plaque and provide professional cleaning that will improve the health of the teeth and gums.
Many patients find the idea of a clean like this to be daunting. You’re sitting in a chair for a considerable amount of time while someone pokes and prods, and sucks and scrapes, to get your teeth looking the best they can possibly be.
One of the key roles of the dental hygienist is to be a calming presence in what can be a nerve-wracking experience. They provide a steady, measured tone and allay the fears of patients by gently talking you through each step.
What If I’m Afraid?
Many people are afraid of the dentist and there is no harm in that. Your dental hygienist has seen it all! They’ll be able to adjust what they’re doing to compensate for particular fears and concerns that you have – whilst still getting the job done in a professional and timely manner.
Your dental hygienist is qualified not only because of their VET training and qualifications, but in the way they consistently provide optimum care in each and every procedure that they are involved in.
Robert Duhig Dental – The Practice for Nervous Nellies
All of our staff are focused on professional practice with gentle care and consideration. Dental anxiety is understandable – and common – and we firmly believe that there are ways of addressing it appropriately. We do not ‘write off’ the concerns of our patients – we treat them with respect and constantly look for ways to modify what we do to suit the needs of the people we treat.