What does a Dental Hygienist do? - Smile Artistry

Dental Hygienists work with you to provide dental care that maintains the health of your gums and strength of your teeth, and keeps your smile looking beautiful.

The Role of Your Dental Hygienist

Good oral hygiene is vital in maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile – and it’s your dental hygienist’s job to help you maintain good oral hygiene and health practices, and deal with tooth and gum concerns before they become a problem.

While daily brushing and flossing can help to keep tooth decay and disease at bay, plaque build-up can occur and negatively impact your oral hygiene and health if not kept in check by a professional.

Your dental hygienist is an expert in preventative care, dental education, and helping every member of your family maintain great oral hygiene for the best possible tooth health.

What does a Dental Hygienist Do?

Dental Hygienists are qualified to:

  1. Help detect, treat and prevent gum disease
  2. Provide cleaning services to keep your teeth, gums, and smiles looking healthy and beautiful
  3. Help monitor the strength of your teeth
  4. Identify and help improve dietary factors that may lead to dental decay
  5. Test for bacteria and biology that may lead to dental decay
  6. Whiten and brighten your teeth with in-surgery zoom teeth whitening
  7. Help prevent dental injuries using mouth guards

How Often Should I Visit My Dental Hygienist?

A dental hygienist visit is routinely performed every six months, and is usually between 40 minutes and 60 minutes. Some patients with advanced gum disease may require more frequent visits to help reduce tartar and bad bacteria, and prevent periodontal disease. 

Dental Hygienist Appointment FAQS

What is the appointment duration?
You can expect an appointment length of 40-60 Minutes.

What does an oral hygiene appointment cover?
This includes gum examination, hygiene assessment, cleaning, polish, fluoride treatment & dental advice.

What are the dental item codes I should be aware of?
For a typical clean there are 2 codes, 114 & 121. These codes are used by your health fund and they respectively cover the removal of plaque, stain or calculus; and the topical application of a remineralising agent.