Maintain the long term health of your teeth and gums
Appointments with our dental hygienist will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and free from decay. As many as 20% of patients are susceptible to gum disease over the long term, which leads to unstable and loose teeth and ultimately tooth loss. Fortunately, a good oral care routine at home, combined with regular professional cleans, is very effective at protecting your smile from bacteria and disease.
Why should I have a hygiene appointment?
We are best placed to look after your gum health, removing stubborn plaque from your teeth and bacteria that can irritate your gums and lead to gum disease. The symptoms of gum disease are mild, so it can often be overlooked. Our experienced hygienists are highly skilled at spotting gum disease in the early stages during a hygiene appointment, allowing them to prevent and manage the condition before it can worsen.
Regular dental hygiene appointments are an essential aspect of good dental care. Customised oral hygiene instructions and treatment can reduce the need for future dental treatments and increase the life of your dental restorations.
We provide the following hygiene services:
- Extensive oral hygiene instructions and coaching
- Post implant placement oral hygiene instructions
- Polishing and stain removal
- Teeth whitening
- Calculus removal with or without local anaesthetic
- Supportive periodontal therapy (treating and controlling your gum disease)
- Cleaning around dental implants
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We begin your appointment by examining your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of gum disease, or areas of your mouth that may need more careful attention. We also ask about your general health and if you have any questions or concerns.
The main part of your appointment with the hygienist is a deep professional clean. We remove plaque and tartar from all areas of your mouth, especially those that are hard to reach with brushing and flossing at home alone. We follow this by polishing your teeth, leaving them feeling beautifully clean and smooth and looking healthy and bright.
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At the end of your appointment, we give you some advice on how best to care for your teeth and gums at home, including any brushing or flossing tips, if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is gum disease?
If plaque build-ups around the gum line aren’t removed, the gum tissues start to get inflamed. Swollen, red gums are the hallmark for the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis. The irritated gums bleed while brushing, making them vulnerable to the bacteria that’s present in the mouth. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more advanced stage, periodontitis, which is irreversible and needs to be managed with more extensive treatment.
How long will my hygiene appointment last?
You can expect a typical hygiene appointment to last around 40 minutes. It can vary depending on the condition of your gums and how much plaque and tartar needs to be cleaned away.
How often do I need to visit my hygienist?
We recommend you visit for a hygiene appointment every six months, to best protect your smile from gum disease and decay. Some patients may benefit from coming in more or less often, depending on their overall oral health and condition of their teeth and gums. We are happy to talk to you about your individual case and suggest the best time to book your next appointment.
Will my hygiene appointment hurt?
We take the time to ensure you are feeling relaxed and comfortable before beginning your hygiene treatment. Generally, it is a pain free treatment but you may experience some temporary discomfort while your teeth are being deep cleaned. Please talk to us if you are feeling nervous about your treatment, as we have ways to help.
Can my dental hygienist whiten my teeth?
It is not the aim of a hygiene appointment to whiten your teeth, but you may find they appear brighter and whiter after they have been professionally cleaned and polished, with stubborn tartar removed. If you are interested in teeth whitening, please ask your dentist or hygienist for more information and to book an appointment.