How does an Oral Health Therapist differ from a Hygienist?
Oral Health Therapists are dually qualified as a Dental Therapist and Dental hygienist and are currently registered with the Dental Board of Australia in both disciplines. Oral Health Therapists provide dental therapy services to children and adolescents and dental hygiene services to clients of all ages. Oral Health Therapists are also qualified to lead individual, group and community oral health promotion strategies. Therapists can do fissure sealants, fillings and extractions for children, along with providing some orthodontic services.
Our Hygienist and Oral Health Therapist will do a clean like you've never had!
We have a Dental Hygienist (Nav) and an Oral Health Therapist (Nam), who are specially trained members of the dental team that have university qualifications in dental hygiene and oral health therapy, working to provide fully integrated dental care. They play an important role in over- all oral health care by providing personalised care and instruction to patients, demonstrating correct home care and offering appropriate product advice.
Dental hygientsts’ play a role in oral health provision by providing clinical treatment of gum conditions and assisting patients to understand the systemic link between dental health and overall health.
Hygienists perform a number of functions such as:
Patient education that is specific to their needs. This one to one instruction includes gum and tooth care and information on dietary habits including smoking and systemic health. Hygienists provide information and advise on a wide range of topics where medicine and oral health overlap.
We also offer advise and treatment options such as bleaching for patients who wish to explore cosmetic whitening procedures.
Communicate with your dentist to plan an oral health maintenance program, including an assessment of your gum (periodontal) health, evaluation/recommendation and provision of radiographs at timely intervals and review and update medical records.
Removal of bacterial plaque, calculus (tartar) and stains from your teeth and apply agents such as fluoride to assist in the prevention of decay or to help desensitise the teeth by applying other medicaments.
As dental disease can occur through out life regardless of age, treatment and advise will benefit all. Preventing disease is always better than treating it, and less expensive also.
We have dedicated dental team whose primary concern is your welfare and health.
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