It is simple to get your mouth clean and healthy, and to keep it that way.
A routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes, with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between the teeth, & regular dental check-ups can help prevent most dental problems.
Most people brush regularly, but many do not clean between their teeth. A few small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in the long run.
Your dentist or dental therapist can remove any build-up on your teeth and treat any gum disease that has already appeared. But daily dental care is up to you, and the main weapons are the toothbrush and floss or interdental brush.
Dental Therapists are dental care professionals and work as an invaluable part of the dental team.
Like the Dental Hygienist, the Dental Therapist has an important role in promoting dental health. They treat adults and children. A registered Dentist must examine the patient and indicate clearly in writing the course of treatment that the Dental Therapist is to carry out.
A Dental Therapist can carry out:
- Intra and extra oral assessment.
- Record plaque & bleeding on the teeth and monitor gum disease.
- Scaling and polishing.
- Deep scaling of teeth with periodontal pockets and gum disease
- Apply materials to teeth such as fluoride and fissure sealants.
- Take dental x-rays.
- Provide dental health education on a one to one basis or in a group situation.
- Routine fillings in baby and permanent teeth, on adults and children
- Can use all materials (white fillings/silver fillings) but not crowns, inlays or pinned fillings.
- Treats adults as well as children.
- Extract baby teeth under local anaesthetic.
- Pulp therapy treatment of deciduous teeth.
- Placement of pre formed crowns on deciduous teeth.
- Administration of local anaesthetic.
- Emergency temporary replacement of crowns and fillings.
- Take impressions.
- Treat patients under conscious sedation provided the dentist remains in the surgery throughout the treatment.