About Our Therapist Jack
Jack De Ste Croix is our dental hygiene therapist. A hygiene therapist carries out the work of a dental hygienist but is also fully qualified to undertake a wide range of additional dental treatments, including fillings and extractions, oral health education and children's dentistry.
You will see Jack for standard dental hygiene treatment, including preventing, identifying and treating gum disease and for oral healthcare advice to help you and your family develop a strong home dental hygiene regime to keep your mouth in the best possible health.
In addition, Jack can provide:
- Oral assessment, inside and outside your mouth
- Scaling and polishing
- Taking dental x-rays to aid diagnosis
- Applying fissure sealants and fluoride treatments to teeth
- Oral health education
- Children's dentistry
Jack works part-time at Farnham Road Dental Practice and spends the rest of his week working with a specialist periodontist (gum specialist) and with a community dentist in London. He is highly experienced in working with children and provides all of our children's dental services. By getting your children used to visiting the dental practice from an early age, you give them the best chance of having good oral health for life.
Why is dental hygiene important?
Visiting a hygienist or dental hygiene therapist is a vital part of your oral healthcare regime. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the UK and hygiene therapists are best-placed to spot and treat the early signs of the condition.
There are two forms of gum diseases, gingivitis and the more serious periodontitis. Most patients experience mild gingivitis at some point in their life, with the first symptom often being blood when you brush your teeth. Gum disease is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth, which Jack can remove with a thorough scale and polish. He can also provide you with advice on how to properly clean your teeth at home, including correct brushing techniques and using other products such as interdental brushes to clean effectively between your teeth.
Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, which can cause loose teeth, receding gums and tooth loss. Because he works with a specialist periodontist in another practice, Jack is highly aware of periodontal problems and is experienced in identifying and treating them for the best possible outcome.