Hygienist Treatment

Dental hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist in providing care to the patient.
They play an important role in dental health care and are mainly concerned with gum health, education in correct home care and the application of preventive materials to the teeth and gums.

The Hygienist will work with your dentist to provide care tailored to your needs.
The Hygienist’s main role is to provide professional cleaning of the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps their most important role is the education of the patient in the best way to keep teeth free from plaque.

Regular professional cleaning combined with your home care will help maintain a healthy mouth.
A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.

The training of the hygienist is centred on preventing dental disease. Carefully removing the deposits that build up on the teeth (plaque and tartar) and teaching you how to prevent it reforming again, will go a long way to slowing the progress of gum disease
By discussing your diet and recommending other preventive measures your decay rate can also be reduced.

Adults can also benefit from preventive measures such as the application of fluoride. They can also have anti-bacterial gels and solutions applied under the gum to kill the bacteria causing gum disease.
Another very important part of the hygienist’s work, is the regular instruction and advice on home care. The hygienist may also suggest giving up smoking as his will cause staining. Recent research has also shown that smokers have more gum disease and lose more teeth than non-smokers.

Scaling and polishing is usually pain free, however if you do experience some discomfort the hygienist can eliminate this with the use if topical anaesthetic creams or by giving you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the hygienist know at the time so that some pain control can be given.

General scaling and polishing can remove some but not all of the stains that accumulate on the teeth. For those patients who have more tenacious staining we recommend a hygiene visit with air polishing stain removal. This uses the new air polishing prophy Jet Cavitron which will remove the more stubborn stains that regular cleaning will not.

Routine hygienist visits are charged at £42 per 30 minute appointment.
If you require Root Surface Debridement this is charged at £49.
If you would like our air polishing stain removal treatment, this is charged extra on top of your regular appointment at £10.
If you require local antibiotic therapy this is charged at £35 per course. All new patient will need to pay a £20 deposit.
Late cancellations and missed appointments will also be charged £20.