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The main differences between a dentist and dental hygienist

Both dentists and dental hygienists are dental professionals you should definitely make the time to see. They work hand in hand to make sure your mouth stays in the best condition both aesthetically and health-wise, helping you smile wide. At our Solihull dental practice, our dental team works very closely together, so you’d be forgiven for not knowing the differences between a dentist and dental hygienist. In this blog post, we’re going to outline the main differences and why they’re both important.


How do they differ?

A dentist is directly concerned with your teeth, jawbone, and mouth cavity in general. They have been through years of studying and learning to identify any health risks in your mouth. This may be cavities, decay, infections, misalignment of teeth, and the need for corrective or restorative dentistry. Dental hygienists, on the other hand, focus more on the health of your gums and the cleanliness of your teeth. They focus more on plaque, tartar, and the indicators of gum disease as well as deep cleaning your teeth.


What does a dental hygienist do?

At an appointment with your dental hygienist, they will examine your teeth and gums for any warning signs of gum disease. These may include receding gums, red or inflamed gums, bad breath, plaque build-up, and yellow tartar build-up. Your dental hygienist will then remove the plaque and tartar with cleaning equipment (the latter of which can only be removed by a professional and not with a home treatment) in order to prolong the health of your teeth and gums. This removal may also help to naturally whiten your teeth by revealing the tooth surface beneath the sedimentary build-up and staining.


Is one more important than the other?

Strictly speaking, no. Both dentist appointments and dental hygienist appointments are necessary to maintaining a healthy mouth. Your mouth has many different surfaces to pay attention to, and only appointments with both of these professionals can ensure you’re receiving the correct care.


How often should I see my dentist and dental hygienist?

You should see your dentist 2-3 times a year routinely, though more appointments may be necessary if we need to keep an eye on your condition or you are receiving reconstructive or cosmetic dentistry. Visit your dental hygienist 2-3 times a year too, though again this may change if we need to monitor the progression of gum disease or any warning signs.


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