The PDU is run by the Dental Hygienist, a oral health practitioner specialising in preventive dentistry. Her responsibilities are assisting patients by teaching oral education and treating gum disease from mild to severe cases of periodontitis.
Treatments provided by the hygienist will consist of professional tooth scaling and polishing plus the application of medicaments relating to gum disease.
Preventing Dental Disease
At the first appointment with the hygienist a full oral examination of the teeth, gums and oral tissues is undertaken. This assessment is important to establish the oral condition and how many visits will be necessary to complete the treatment.
To treat and prevent gum disease careful removal of dental calculus (tooth stone) is carried out using a combination of sonic scalers and very fine hand scaler instruments.
This procedure is usually free of discomfort. However some patients with extremely sensitive teeth and gums may feel more comfortable with an application of topical anaesthetic gel applied first.
Other aspects of specialist oral care are patients with dental implants and orthodontic appliances. Plastic dental scalers are used to treat patients undergoing these treatments, as metal instruments may damage the appliances.