The Prevention Assistant and Hygienist
At IvorenToren Dental practice we feel that the prevention of problems is very important. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The Prevention Assistant and the Dental Hygienist play a leading role in this. What can our Prevention Assistants and Dental Hygienists do for you?
Our Prevention Assistants will show you how to keep your teeth in perfect condition. They will also remove deposits, plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) which is an important measure in maintaining the healthy and strong foundations of your teeth. The formation of tartar can indicate possible gum problems. You can also contact them for preventive treatments such as applying fluoride or ‘fissuurlakken’ and safe teeth whitening procedures. It is important that your teeth are regularly checked for the presence of tartar by Prevention Assistants and that they advise you on how to prevent its formation. The Prevention Assistants of Ivoren Toren have all completed their ACTA Dental Education in addition to other training courses. They therefore meet the highest requirements of their profession.
The Dental Hygienist treats mouth and gum problems, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and of the gums and jaw bone (periodontitis) and helps prevent new problems forming. The Dental Hygienist also helps people care for their teeth and the surrounding tissue within their mouth (gums and underlying bone).
The main aims of the Hygienist are:
- To examine the teeth and surrounding tissues (often with the aid of X-rays)
- To establish a diagnosis and create a suitable treatment plan which will then be discussed with the referring dentist and the patient
- To provide a detailed explanation of how to maintain oral hygiene, the best way to brush and the use of toothpicks
- To remove any visible deposits including tartar, as well as tartar beneath the gum line and in deep and shallow pockets (gum pockets)
- To assess the dietary habits of the patient.
Under the instruction of the dentist the dental hygienist can also fill small holes in the teeth.
The dentist may refer the patient to the dental hygienist for problems with the gums (bleeding, red glow, receding, swollen or pocket formation), if there is a lot of tartar, the patient may suffer from bad breath, an unpleasant taste in their mouth and recurrent holes.
In many cases, the insurer will cover the cost of the Prevention Assistant or Hygienist