Dental hygiene treatment is delivered by a specially trained dental hygienist who will help to remove any hard-to-reach plaque from your teeth that may have built up over time. Here is what you can expect from a hygiene appointment:
- Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine the amount of plaque removal you will need and risk factors will be highlighted.
- Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes. This process is also known as scaling and polishing.
- The hygienist's role is to show you how to look after your teeth so that they remain free from plaque in the future. You will be advised on the best tooth brushing technique and given tips on flossing and using interdental brushes.
Dental hygiene at our practice also functions preventatively to treat gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with.
It is recommended that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.
Tartar / Plaque / Calculus
Plaque is basically a growth of bacteria in your mouth, on your teeth. It will grow all of the time and is the root of the majority of dental problems. Failing to remove it regularly will result in caries (tooth decay), pain, broken teeth, abscesses, and periodontal (gum) disease.
It is therefore essential to brush 2-3 times every day in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If plaque is left for a long period of time, it will become very thick and visible on your teeth, it will also harden and turn into tartar which you cannot remove at home. Our hygienists will be able to professionally clean your teeth and remove the tartar deposits, to help treat gingivitis (red gums) and periodontal (gum) disease.