Dental hygienists are specifically trained to carry out treatments to prevent or cure gum disease. They work on prescription from one of the dentists, who will assess your specific needs at your examination.
At your routine appointment the hygienist will discuss your current oral health regime and will give advice and guidance if improvements could be made. She will carry out a thorough scale to remove soft and hard deposits on the teeth, this can be done under local anaesthesia if needed. To finish she will polish the teeth to remove surface staining.
Between visits it is necessary for you to carry out the recommended daily oral health regime to the best of your abilities.
You will usually see the hygienist as a combined appointment with the dentist every six months. Some people though need a little bit of extra help for example if you have deep pockets around the teeth, a smoker or a disability that hinders oral care. These can be catered for by booking scalings every three months or even every two months.