Glendowie Dental Centre

Dental Hygienist / School Dental Therapist

Our dental hygienist will help you to achieve the best oral hygiene habits so you are able to perform and maintain periodontal (gum) health.

Glendowie Dental Centre is glad to introduce Ms Mehwish Naz as a highly qualify dental hygienist/school dental therapist.  The dental hygienist/school dental therapist role in the Glendowie Dental practice is to work as a primary healthcare professional alongside the dentist to meet the oral health needs of our patients.  Our dental hygienist/school dental therapist offers decay prevention advice, orthodontic assessment, in house whitening and dental hygiene maintenance.

The Dental Hygienist is mainly concern with:

  • The dental hygienist is tailored to assess a patient’s oral condition in order to offer patient-specific preventive and educational services to promote and maintain good oral health.
  • A major role of a dental hygienist is to perform periodontal therapy which includes things such periodontal charting, periodontal debridement (scaling and root planning)
  • Prophylaxis (preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease).
  • Periodontal maintenance procedures for patients with periodontal disease by removing calculus and plaque from all surfaces of the teeth. 
  • The use of therapeutic methods such as mouthwashes, floss, water flosser or antibiotics to assists our patients in controlling oral disease, while providing tailored treatment plans that emphasize the importance of behavioural changes in terms of dental care.
  • The dental hygienist helps patients achieve the best oral hygiene habits so they are able to perform and maintain periodontal (gum) health.
  • The dental hygienist provides patient-specific oral hygiene instruction.
  • Application of preventive material to the teeth and gums such as topical fluoride treatment and teeth sealant application.
  • The Dental Hygienists is licensed to administer local anaesthesia and perform dental radiography.
  • Oral cancer screening.
  • Diet analysis and assessment.  A diet of high sugar, carbohydrate, caffeine and acid are detrimental effect to teeth and periodontal (gum) health.
  • Preventative advice in relation to having a dry mouth caused by medication. Medications such as heart medications, antihistamines, antidepressants and antipsychotics can have minor to severe effect to our oral salivary flow. Chemotherapy and radiation close to the head and neck region can effect of our salivary flow.  Saliva is the most important element in our mouth to help reduce and even prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Chemotherapy drugs can cause the reduction of salivary flow hence dry mouth.  Radiation around neck and head region can also damage the salivary glands and flow of saliva. 

School Dental Therapist is concerning with:

  • Once a year free dental care including examination and x-rays when necessary.
  • Teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.
  • The school dental therapist provides fillings or restorations in silver/amalgam or composite/white fillings.
  • Occlusal splint for grinding and temporal mandibular jaw (jaw joints) discomfort.
  • Orthodontic initial assessment.