The hygienist is a very important member of our team and specialises in the treatment and prevention of gum diseases, which can cause teeth to be lost through the destruction of the supporting bone, gum and ligaments.
If your dentist recommends an appointment with the hygienist it is because signs of gum problems have been diagnosed and you will benefit from their care in both active treatment and preventive advice.
The dental hygienist may also decide to floss your teeth. The use of dental floss is an important element of oral hygiene, since it removes plaque and decaying food remaining stuck between the teeth.
Food decay and plaque can cause irritation to the gums, allowing the underlying gum tissue to bleed easily. Acidic foods left on the teeth can also demineralise teeth, eventually causing cavities to the tooth.
They may also show you how to clean your teeth effectively, to help prevent future plaque build-up.
Our hygiene treatment is a thorough clean of your teeth, which may also involve physically scraping away any hard deposits of plaque. A polish will also help to restore the whiteness of your teeth.
We also offer a treatment to remove stains by propelling air, water and carbonate particles at high pressure onto the tooth surface. This procedure is primarily used to remove staining to teeth built up over time, however patients have commented on how much cleaner and whiter their teeth appear.