Dental Hygiene

Many new patients who have never visited a Hygienist have asked what actually happens at a hygiene appointment.  

A hygienist is specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease, which is the main cause of adult tooth loss, and to give advice on all aspects of keeping your mouth healthy.

They carry out the following:

  • Demonstrate effective tooth brushing technique to remove plaque without causing tooth wear and receding gums.

  • Discuss the latest oral hygiene products

  • Offer advice on the best aid to clean in-between teeth

  • Treat and prevent periodontal disease


They carry out a detailed explanation of periodontal disease including the following:

  • Oral hygiene instruction.

  • Removal of soft plaque and hard (calculus) deposits

  • Discuss secondary factors that may contribute to periodontal disease, for example smoking, diabetes and stress

  • Discuss how periodontal disease could affect or complicate other health problems, for example heart disease


They help with the prevention of tooth decay (caries) and erosion by doing the following: 

  • Discuss in detail the reasons for tooth caries and erosion

  • Give diet advice on how to reduce sugary and acidic food and drink

  • Advise on fluoride and apply fluoride varnishes to help remineralise early signs of tooth caries


Help you to have a clean and healthy mouth by doing the following:

  • Polish the teeth to remove food and drink stain

  • Help to change red and inflamed gums to a healthy pink

  • Stop gums from bleeding when brushing

  • Prevent teeth from becoming mobile and drifting

  • Prevent unpleasant tastes and bad breath by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth


You could say they are your frontline defence in helping you to prevent needing treatments. If you have any questions please feel free to call the practice and ask for more details.

We want to ensure you have a healthy smile for life
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