When you visit the dentist’s office, you may notice that the staff includes dentists and dental hygienists in Melbourne. This may leave you wondering what the difference is. These professions do differ and you will find that they both perform different tasks. Here is a closer look at what the dental hygienist can do for you when you visit the dentist’s office.

Preventive Care

One of the top tasks that a dental hygienist can do is to offer you preventive dental care. This includes carefully cleaning the teeth. As you know, teeth must be cleaned on a regular basis, eliminating deposits of plaque to keep teeth healthy. In most cases, the  dental hygienist takes care of routine cleanings.

Patient Education

A good dental hygienist will also provide important patient education on oral care. Many people are unaware of how to properly clean their teeth and how to keep teeth in great health. Hygienists can educate patients by offering information on proper brushing techniques for clean, healthy teeth. They also inform patients on the importance of flossing and provide tips and advice on how to floss for the best results. At times, they will also help patients decide on an appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash for their needs as well.

Recommending Further Treatment

When a dental hygienist takes care of routine dental care like cleaning your teeth, they may notice that you have some dental problems that must be taken care at the earliest.. They can recommend further treatment to you, which the dentist may be responsible for completing.

Sometimes they may notice that you have a cavity that needs to be taken care of or they may notice a chipped tooth. These problems need to be fixed quickly to avoid further problems, so the hygienist can recommend that you get further treatment. Sometimes they may even refer you to a professional cosmetic dentist is you have a cosmetic dental problem you want fixed.

Local Anaesthesia Administration

In many cases, a dental hygienist actually administer local anaesthesia before a dentist gets involved in a more complex dental procedure. The type of anaesthesia that can be administered by the hygienist can vary depending on the area where they practice.

However, it is becoming more common for hygienists to be able to administer various types of anaesthesia, since it helps free up the dentist to take care of the procedures. They may even administer anaesthesia before the rest of the procedure is taken care of by a cosmetic dentist.

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