Periodontal (gum) disease is still by far and away the biggest single cause of tooth loss in adult patients. In the past the progress of this disease was considered inevitable and the only treatment available was extraction of the affected teeth and the provision of dentures. Happily today this is no longer the case and with early detection coupled with regular treatment we are seeing an increasingly large percentage of patients preserving a full natural dentition into their eighties and beyond.
In order that this major dental problem is adequately addressed we employ four dental hygienists and two dental therapists whose main role is to support the dentists in the treatment and prevention of gum disease. Their job is to explain how dental plaque and calculus can lead to gum problems and most importantly how the patient can help themselves through a good regime of oral hygiene measures. They will also take the time to look at lifestyle issues such as diet and smoking which can have a major impact on oral health. Children and young adults will occasionally be asked to see the hygienist for dietary advice and fluoride treatment if they are suffering from tooth decay.
The cost of a session with a hygienist or therapist which will normally be for twenty minutes is set at £40.00 from 1st April 2020. This cost is supplementary to any charges incurred under the NHS. Denplan patients’ appointments with the hygienists are covered by their normal monthly fee.
Kate studied at Sheffield Dental Hospital and qualified as a hygienist in 1992. Kate joined our practice in the same year, and has worked here as part of our team for over 20 years and still loves it!!!
Kate is married to her dentist husband Tim, and has 2 girls Lorna and Maisie. They have a cocker spaniel called Dodge, and enjoy long family walks together. In her spare time, Kate enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, especially cake decorating, wood work and painting.
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Sara qualified and received her Diploma as a hygienist in 1994 whilst serving in the army in Aldershot. Sara’s main ambition is to eventually become a dental therapist. Sara has worked here as part of our team for over 10 years.
Sara’s hobbies include reading, music and horse riding.
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