"The essence of a healthy mouth is one which is free from
dental decay and gum disease. Healthy teeth and gums are all important for speech, digestion and to project a confident
Who Works in the PDU?
In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, this Unit is run by the Dental Hygienist offering professional advice and treatment to all
patients. Working with other members of the dental team, the Dental Hygienist provides a range of therapies, from gingivitis and periodontal
therapies, topical fluoridation for both children and adults, to the treatment of tooth hypersensitivity. A fundamental part of dental hygiene
treatment is the discussion of ways to promote oral health and the important role of home care. During the session, patients can discuss their
personal needs. Orthodontic patients are also seen by the Dental Hygienist to maintain good oral hygiene control and for fluoridation
applications. Nutritional advice is provided for all patients and diet assessment sheets are available to reduce sugar intake.
When do I See the Dental Hygienist and What Should I Expect?
After referral by your dentist, the Dental Hygienist will carry out an initial periodontal examination of your mouth, to determine
the oral condition and the correct course of treatment to be taken. At her discretion, she will use ultrasonic or hand instruments or a
combination of both, for patients requiring scaling or root planing of the teeth. Soft and hard calculus (tartar) deposits are removed from both
above and below gum level. On rare occasions, topical or local analgesia is provided for those patients who may experience any discomfort.
Length and Frequency of Appointments
At the Nicosia Dental Polyclinic, we recommend a six-monthly visit to the Dental Hygienist. Early detection of gum disease and
tooth decay may be treated early before becoming a serious problem. However, some patients with chronic periodontal disease, or those at high
risk to dental decay, will be asked to attend every three or four months in order to maintain the highest level of oral hygiene. The duration
of individual appointments may vary from 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the extent of clinical work to be carried out. A second visit may be
necessary for completion of treatment.
With your full cooperation, we look forward to seeing you at the PDU.