Dental Hygiene

“Prevention is better than cure”

We believe dental care should focus on prevention. By maintaining a thorough daily home care routine and visiting our dental hygienists regularly, you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. We work in partnership with you to improve and enhance your oral health.

What does a hygienist do?

Many people are unaware of the vital role a hygienist plays in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. They are at the forefront of preventative dentistry and can support you to care for your teeth and gums at home.

Your hygienist will:

  • Advise you on how to best care for your teeth and gums
  • Remove plaque from difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth that daily brushing cannot access
  • Remove plaque that has hardened and cannot be brushed off

What does plaque do to your teeth and gums?

Plaque is a sticky bacterial deposit which forms on the teeth and around the gums. It must be cleaned away in order to ensure your oral health by preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

Most adult tooth loss is due to gum disease. Many people suffer from some form of gum disease and often do not even realise they have it. Gum disease can be caused by plaque among other factors. Signs and symptoms of gum disease include swollen, inflamed and bleeding gums. If left untreated, gum disease can become a serious health concern, damaging the jaw bone and resulting in the eventual loss of your teeth.

We advise seeing our hygienist at least once every six months. In between appointments you should be using an electric toothbrush twice a day and be flossing daily.

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