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What is a Dental Hygienist?

A Dental Hygienist role is to help prevent and treat gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.

What does a Hygienist do?

If any gum disease is present, the hygienist will explain gingivitis and periodontal disease to you along with the treatment and maintenance.

Treatment of gum diseases or even to prevent/maintain the oral health is carried out by a scale and polish tailored to your individual needs. The treatment is usually pain free but anaesthetic gels or local anaesthetic can be used if you require, just inform the hygienist.

Most importantly the hygienist will tailor an oral hygiene routine specific to your needs. This will help to manage and maintain your oral health at home, disrupting the sticky plaque bacteria everyday efficiently.

The hygienist will want a healthy mouth before any treatment is carried out by your dentist, so the best results are gained and the restorations last as long as possible.

Also during your treatment

Soft plaque deposits will be disrupted and removed

Removal of calculus above and below the gums

Stain removal

What else can a Hygienist do?

For adults who have a high decay rate, fluoride can be applied


for further prevention fissure sealants applied.

Tooth whitening

We now offer a Direct Access option for those who are not registered at our practice but would like a hygiene appointment. May be you have a special occasion to attend too!

Professional cleaning

Dental cleanings involve the removal of plaque, whereas the scale removes the build up of tartar on your teeth. The purpose of the cleaning and scaling is to leave the surface of your teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care and overall for life.

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