Dental Therapist Q&A

We’ve asked our resident Dental Therapist, Ruth Lovering, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on dental health.  We start with some of the more basic questions she is faced with during her busy day. 

We will be adding more questions and answers to the list.  However, if you would like to ask a question, please feel free to send them to us.

Q. When should I brush my teeth?

A. Everyone should brush their teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Once in the morning and last thing at night making sure that any drink consumed during the night is just water. Make sure you spit out after brushing but it is now recommended that you do not rinse thus enabling the fluoride in the toothpaste to help your teeth.

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Q. What is the best way to clean my teeth?

A. No particular technique has been shown to be better than another, however each person should check with their dentist/therapist or hygienist as their method may need to be modified to ensure all the teeth surfaces are cleaned every time.

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Q. My gums bleed when I brush my teeth.  Is this normal?

A. No, it is not normal in an otherwise healthy mouth.  Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gingivitis and you should visit your dentist/therapist or hygienist for a check-up. They will check your teeth and gums and remove any plaque or tartar that has built up.  They will also advise on the best way to clean your teeth, so that you can remove plaque build-up on a daily basis.  They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, such as Eludril.  It is important for you to seek help as if left untreated, gingivitis may lead to periodontal disease and this is more difficult to reverse.

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Why do I need to see a hygienist/therapist and a dentist?

Your dentist and hygienist/therapist have different roles within the dental team. 

Dentists treat and prevent dental and oral health problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease and injuries. They can also offer advice and tips on how to care for your mouth and teeth.

A dental hygienist's role is to prevent dental problems and to promote oral health. A dental hygienist will carry out procedures such as scaling and polishing teeth, applying topical fluoride treatments and fissure sealants (white plastic coatings painted onto the biting surface of back teeth), and sometimes teeth whitening.

Dental therapists are the least common of dental healthcare professionals to be found in general practice. The types of treatment they carry out are similar to those of a hygienist and like the hygienist, the dental therapist has to work to a prescription from the dentist.

Dental therapists play an important role in promoting dental health. They also specialise in working with patients with special needs, such as those who are phobic (frightened) of dentists, who have physical or learning disabilities, who have complex medical problems or find it difficult to access dental treatment in a general dental practice.

Everyone will be told individually how often they should see their dentist or hygienist/therapist depending on their specific treatment needs.

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