What can I expect from my oral health therapist visit?
Each patient is individually assessed and your treatment will be tailored to suit your dental needs. The oral health therapist may ask you a variety of questions related to your diet, lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. They will assess the health of your teeth and gums, gather information from the dentist and read over x-rays to determine your risk of gum disease. A periodontal evaluation will identify any pocketing or gum recession associated with gum disease.
They will remove the plaque and calculus deposits from above and below the gumline. You may also be given advice on products, diet and smoking or lifestyle risks. A home-care maintenance programme will be demonstrated to help keep your mouth healthy in between visits.
Depending on the dentist's recommendations, and based on the status of your oral health, the appointment can take between 45 minutes to one hour. Scale and cleans are usually pain-free at our practice. We do, however, have different types of desensitising agents and anaesthetic gels if the patients want added peace of mind during their procedures.
Your oral health therapist will be open to any questions or concerns you may have regarding your oral health and dental treatment.