Prevention in Practice - Therapists and Oral health educators
"A large proportion of any therapists time is spent scaling/removing any calculus/tartar present on the teeth, which if left leads to gum disease and ultimately tooth loss"
Perhaps their most important role however, is the education of patients in the best methods of plaque removal. This could simply mean modifyimg a patients existing toothbrushing technique, the use of an electric toothbrush or demonstrating the use of floss or tepe brushes. In our practice this job can be carried out by highly qualified dental nurses, or Oral Health Educators, in our prevention clinic.
How often should I see the therapist?
This will very much depend on the state of your oral health , after your dentist has examined you they will explain their hygiene interval recommendations which could be every month up to one year interval. Please feel free to discuss your needs with us at any time, although the NHS may put limitations on the number of times you can see the therapist, if you feel you need an extra clean for that special occasion we will always be happy to fit you in on a private basis.
We follow the Department of Health Guidelines 'Delivering Better Oral Health' and therefore recommend the use of flouride varnish in children who are at risk of dental decay. We also prescribe fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to other individuals who need them.