A trip to the dental hygienist is one of the best ways to safeguard your oral health. A dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth and gums, getting between the teeth and below the gum line to help remove all traces of plaque and tartar. If left to build up, this could lead to gum disease, which can have widespread consequences for your oral health and general health.
Our friendly dental hygiene team is led by Hannah. She is a skilled and highly experienced hygienist with over 15 years of experience helping patients to take care of their oral health. At the first signs of gum problems, we recommend arranging a trip to our dental hygiene team for a thorough cleansing to help get your oral health back on track.
During a hygienist visit, our team will expertly clean your teeth and get to those hard-to-reach areas that brushing alone cannot reach. We use specialist tools to get between the teeth and below the gum line to help remove all traces of plaque and tartar. We will polish your teeth and gently lift and remove surface staining.
Plaque is another word for bacteria which if not removed by twice daily toothbrushing, can build up on your teeth. When left to build, it can calcify and harden forming tartar, which will start out yellow and can later turn black or brown. By removing these from your teeth with specialist tools, this can help to protect your teeth from the risk of gum disease. It will also freshen your breath and lift surface staining, which can help teeth to look whiter and brighter.
This all depends on your personal circumstances. If you are trying to get your gum disease under control, we would recommend visiting every 3-6 months to monitor the situation. Most people benefit from a dental hygienist cleaning at least once a year.
The number one reason to visit a dental hygienist is to get your gum disease under control, but this isn’t the only reason. A trip to the dental hygienist is also a good idea before and after other cosmetic procedures such as dental implants, orthodontics or dental bridges. And finally, a scale and polish is also a good idea before you start teeth whitening, as it will remove some of the surface staining.
We don’t currently offer direct access dental hygienist appointments. If you wish to see the hygienist you would need to firstly make a dental examination appointment with one of our dentists. If they feel it is suitable, they will refer you to the hygienist.