Whitehall Dental Practice
Cooks Cross
South Molton,
North Devon, EX36 4AW
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01769 572672
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What is a dental hygienist?

Dental therapists and hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team, to give care to patients.

They play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What can I do to help the hygienist? The hygienist’s main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’ or a prophylaxis). However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Hygienists also give advice about diet and about preventing tooth decay. The hygienist will work with your dental team to give you care that is tailored to your needs.

Can a dental hygienist do anything else?

Dental therapists also take dental x-rays and can do some fillings and extractions. Dental hygienists can also place fissure sealants, apply fluoride varnishes and administer fluoride treatments.

Tooth whitening is also available from the dental hygienist, under a prescription from your dentist.

What other help can be given to adults?

Adults who have a lot of decay can benefit from having fluoride applied. They can also have anti-bacterial gels and solutions applied under the gum to kill the bacteria causing gum disease.

Another very important part of the hygienist’s work is showing you and telling you how to look after your mouth at home. The hygienist may also suggest giving up smoking, as this will reduce staining and improve your general health. Research has also shown that smokers have more gum disease and lose more teeth than non-smokers. Your hygienist will be able to advise you on various ways of giving up smoking. They can also give you special advice for home care if you have dental implants or orthodontic appliances.

What help is available for children?

Our therapists are able to provide fillings and if necessary extractions.

The permanent (or ‘adult’) back teeth can also benefit from having the biting surfaces sealed. This is done by applying a special plastic coating to the biting surface soon after the teeth come through.

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Dear patients and friends

We are now over 2 months into lockdown and the whole team hopes you are keeping healthy and well and managing to stay in touch with your loved ones regularly. We are still here at Whitehall Dental Practice and missing you, our lovely patients, very much.

We are still being advised by our regulatory bodies to remain closed and await further guidance on when we might be able to reopen our doors. We have been working hard over the past few weeks to ensure that the practice is as safe as it can be when we do open up again. We have been restlessly sourcing the personal protective equipment (PPE) that we feel will be needed in order to keep both you and our team safe when we resume oral health checks and dental treatment again.

Once again, we are missing seeing you every day and are looking forward to welcoming you back again very soon. The practice will need to operate slightly differently (and we may look slightly different in our PPE!) when we return, but we are the same team you have come to know at Whitehall. We will be in touch again shortly with what you can expect on your first visit back to the practice.

We will begin by prioritising patients with urgent dental problems, working through to routine, non-urgent treatments. With this in mind, we are creating a 'waiting list' and would ask any patients who are currently experiencing any dental problems to contact us by emailing info@whitehalldental.co.uk. We can then add you to this list to ensure you are seen promptly upon our return.

We are also aware that many of you have been getting in touch to say that you had been thinking about changing your smile once we re-open and we are considering remote consultations. We will of course keep you updated regarding this.

And remember, we are still here for you! If you have any concerns about your dental health, please do not suffer in silence. You can reach us easily by telephone and we'll be happy to offer any advice.

All the very best from your team at Whitehall Dental Practice.

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