Our hygiene service forms an essential part of our practice ethos which is to prevent dental disease and to maintain healthy mouths. Our team have been successfully cleaning and maintaining mouths for many years which allows our patients to smile and chew with confidence.
Providing our hygiene service is our highly trained and dedicated team of hygienists, therapists and nurses. Our holistic approach is tailored to meeting our patients long term goals and we do this in a friendly and modern environment. Regular hygiene care has been proven to reduce dental disease such as dental decay and gum disease. Evidence is emerging that having a healthy mouth improves lifestyle outcomes and reduces the risk of certain systemic diseases such as heart disease.
At a hygiene visit we discuss your general well being as well as your oral hygiene regime. We then assess your mouth and clean your mouth based on your needs.
If you are new to us and are interested in a hygiene visit please call the practice or use our online booking system. Please note that patients are able to directly access having a hygiene visit without the need of seeing a dentist.
Over 80% of dental decay occurs in areas where the toothbrush cannot get to such as between the teeth and in the deep pits and fissures of teeth. Our hygienists are able to clean in these difficult to reach areas, as well as advise you on your oral cleaning regime.
Also over 90% of the population suffer from a mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis. Most people are not aware of having gingivitis but it always starts with bleeding gums when they brush or floss. Our team will work with you to eliminate gingivitis and prevent it progressing.
15% of the population suffer from an advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This is when the gum and bone attached to your teeth is slowly eroded away resulting in mobile teeth and future tooth loss. For those susceptible to periodontitis our team are highly skilled in performing either a deep clean known as root surface debridement or a full mouth disinfection. With us all working together our long term aim is prevent periodontitis being a long term problem.
This depends on several factors, but it generally comes down to what your wishes are, as well as your risk to dental decay and gum disease.
For those who are high risk to dental disease we recommend a 3 monthly hygiene visit. Evidence has shown that regular visits reduces the risk of future dental problems.
For those with mouths that are well maintained we recommend a 6 monthly hygiene visit. This way we are able reinforce your tooth cleaning regime as well as clean those difficult to reach areas.
The answer is yes. We offer different cleans based on your wishes as well as your risk of gum disease
Scale and Polish
This involves the general removal of plaque and calculus using a variety of techniques such as hand scaling and ultrasonic cleaning. For those who are prone to sensitivity we use a de sensitising ointment prior to cleaning.
This procedure is performed for maintenance, as well as for those who have a mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis.
This procedure is otherwise known as root planing. It involves a deep clean in localised areas that are suffering from more advanced gum disease known as periodontitis.
This procedure is performed with specifically designed instruments to clean under the gums in the infected areas.
Full Mouth Disinfection
This procedure is performed on those suffering from a more aggressive form of gum disease. It is indicated in those who have clean mouths but still have advanced form of the disease.
The procedure involves an intense, deep clean of all your teeth over two separate appointments. Antibiotics and anti bacterial ointments are used to allow your gums to heal and repair.
Air abrasion is used to remove deep stains from teeth. It involves fine silica particles being placed on your teeth under high pressure