Who Cleans My Teeth?

My dentist used to give my teeth a clean before, so why do I have to see the Dental Hygienist?

Your dentist can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, however it is more cost effective to see the Dental Hygienist.  Also the dental hygienist is able to spend a lot more time with individuals educating them on their own periodontal condition and periodontal disease in general.

Tailor-made oral hygiene instruction is demonstrated in detail, which enables you to help prevent the development and/or progression of periodontal disease at home.

Qualified Dental Hygienists are now valued members of the New Zealand profession. They are specifically trained in the prevention and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.

It is now known that approximately 90% of New Zealanders suffer from periodontal disease at some point in life. Along with dental decay, periodontal disease is the main cause of premature tooth loss.

Therefore, due to the prevalence of periodontal disease, hygienists have been specifically trained to provide expert knowledge and skill within this field