What is a Dental Therapist?

Most people are familiar with the term hygienist, Dental therapists are basically mid way between a hygienist and a dentist, they are able to carry out treatments such as; fillings, extractions on children, tooth whitening, X-rays and provide patients with a better understanding of oral health care and maintenance; as well as carrying out a thorough scale and polish.

How can a Dental Therapist help me?

As well as the treatments mentioned above, a dental therapist can be especially helpful for those in need of help and guidance regarding gum disease.
Gum disease effects a large number of adults, there are two main types of gum disease:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, caused by hardened plaque at the necks of the teeth.  This causes gums to appear red and puffy. The hardened plaque; calculus cannot be removed by brushingand requires specialist scaling by the therapist.  At this early stage gum disease is reversible. Regular visits to the dental therapist will help you to maintain healthy gums.

Periodontitis

 If left untreated, gingivitis can become more severe, resulting in periodontitis; the primary cause of adult tooth loss. This happens when the infection spreads to the supporting tissues of the teeth including the bone, eventually causing the teeth to loosen.

Symptoms to watch out for are:

• Receding gums
• Pus between the teeth and gums
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
• Permanent teeth that are loose or changing position

It is important that patients have a good oral care routine at home to help prevent problems like gum disease, our dental therapist is here to assist patients with this and to help those with existing problems.

Appointments with David usually last around 20-30 minutes, during which he will advise on brushing and flossing techniques, diet and fluoride intake, take a score of your gum health and carry out a scale and polish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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