Dental Hygiene

The hygienist is one of the most important people in your dental team. Her role is to be directly involved in treatment of all aspects of the many facets of gum problems. We are particularly proud of our hygienist team members who have unparalleled skill and experience and most importantly have cared and treatment for our patients for many years.

Research has now shown that gum disease impacts as a contributing factor in several serious health issues and we take our responsibilities to you very seriously. We encourage everyone to have regular maintenance and monitoring appointments.

The hygienist will clean your teeth and gums and also teach you techniques to help maintain the heath of your mouth. The hygienist can spot potential problems and bring them to your attention and to that of your dentist.

The hygienist will remove the hard tartar from below the gum. She will remove plaque, stains and polish your teeth thoroughly.

Gum Disease & General Health

Everyday bacteria in our mouths produce an invisible, sticky film called plaque, which constantly forms on the teeth. Plaque, which is 90% of bacteria, is one of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease. The bacteria in plaque reacts with sugars in food to produce acids which damage tooth enamel and cause tooth decay and cavities. Plaque can also affect the gums leading to gingivitis or, if left untreated, to more serious gum disease called periodontits (which affects the jaw bone).

Benefits of seeing a hygienist

Stain free, brighter teeth
Early detection of tooth decay and gum disease
Prevents bad breath (as a deep clean removes bits between teeth than can cause a bad colour)

Cancer screening if necessary
Standard visits to our dental hygienists will help detect early signs of the two main causes of tooth loss, decay and gum disease. You will also receive valuable advice on how to maintain good oral health at home and be able to discuss any concerns.

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