You can prevent the occurrence of virtually dental issues by adequate hygienic habits. We advise to regularly visit a dental hygienist. We can provide this service, a referral by a doctor or a dentist is not required.
Preventing dental issues
A dental hygienists primary goal is to assist you in preventing developing dental health issues. We recommend having your teeth looked after by a dental hygienist on a semi-annual basis. A dental hygienist will cleanse your teeth and gums but will also provide you with advice on optimal personal dental hygiene.
Our dental hygienist will perform the following treatments:
- Cleaning the surfaces of the tooth root underneath the gums
- Removing dental plaque and tartar
- Polishing fillings
- Polishing tooth root surfaces
- Application of fluoride
- Recommendations and education on caries, dental erosion and gum problems
Prior to starting a treatment trajectory, we will perform a PPS-measurement. PPS is an abbreviation of Periodical Paradontal Screening. We will score the condition of your gums on a scale ranging from 1-3. This score is the basis of your treatment trajectory. This treatment is described in more detail in the guidelines parodontale screening, diagniostics and treatment in general practice (in Dutch; richtlijn parodontale screening, diagnostiek en behandeling in de algemene praktijk.)
We advise you to make an appointment with our dental hygienist if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- You have teeth or molars which are loose
- You easily develop tartar
- Your gums bleed when you brush your teeth
- You regularly have a bad breath (halitosis)
- Your gums are receding
- Your gums are swollen and red
- You regularly have caries
Dental hygienist vs a prevention assistent: the difference explained
A prevention assistant educates on the prevention of caries and infections of the gums. Further, a prevention assistant will treat patients with simple dental conditions.
A dental hygienists expertise goes beyond that. Our dental hygienist is trained at a University of Applied Science and is subject to regular professional quality tests and mandatory training. Dental hygienists do not only tend to the preventive aspects, but will also treat gum-conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Reimbursement by health-insurance
Treatment by a dental hygienist is not eligible for reimbursement under the Netherlands basic health insurance (‘basisverzekering’). Do you have an extended health-insurance policy (aanvullende verzekering) covering dentists cost? In most cases treatment by a dental hygienist will be covered as well. Check your insurance policy or contact your health-insurance company.
The basic health insurance typically covers treatment of children under the age of 18 years. There is no need to buy an extended health insurance for minors.
The first visit
– proof of identity
– if applicable, a referral and x-rays provided by your dentist (not mandatory)
Upon registration, your practitioner will go through a number of health-related questions. This information on possible medical conditions, use of medication and lifestyle-related issues is important for us, as it may influence your dental health and possible treatment and may be necessary for precautionary measures. It is self-evident that all the information you provide us with will be confidential (medical professional confidentiality).
During the first treatment, we will assess the condition of your gums and the current level of dental hygiene. We will advise you on best preserving the health of your gums (tips & tricks). If further treatment is necessary, we will discuss the proposed treatment with you, and provide you with tailor-made advice based upon the current condition of your gums and teeth.