Direct Access to Our Hygienists
Until 1st May 2013, if you
wanted to make an appointment with a dental
hygienist you would have to see a dentist first.
However, this rule has now changed and so you can
now book directly with a dental hygienist
If our hygienist notices that you may need other general dental treatment, she’ll refer you back to your general dentist with the findings. Direct access hygiene appointments do not constitute ‘registration or membership’ with the practice and we cannot guarantee to provide emergency treatment to non-registered patients. If you are not registered with a practice, or would like to change your dentist, Maple Dentalcare would welcome you as a patient, please book in for a new patient consultation with one of our Dentists.
The Role of the Hygienist/Therapist
Dental therapists play an
important part in dental health
care and are mainly concerned with gum health -
showing people correct home care and helping to keep
the teeth and gums healthy.
Regular professional cleaning,
combined with looking after your teeth and gums well
at home, will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean
and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help
you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
Carefully removing the hard
deposits of tartar (or ‘calculus') that build up on
the teeth and teaching you how to prevent them
coming back, will go a long way towards slowing the
progress of gum disease.
By talking to you about your
diet, and recommending other preventive measures,
the dental therapist can help you keep to a routine
that will slow down the rate at which your teeth
decay. Regular visits and advice will help build
your confidence in keeping your mouth healthy.
In addition our therapists can carry out fillings for adults and children and can extract deciduous (baby) teeth.
Plaque forms in 2/3 hours after brushing.
Flossing delays the effects of ageing.
Smoking leads to more than half of all cases of gum disease.