Dental Hygiene

What to expect from a dental hygiene appointment

During a typical hygiene appointment, you would expect to have a thorough scale and polish, instruction on removing plaque, oral health advice including diet, interdental care and general advice to keep your mouth at its healthiest.

At Aurora Dental Clinics, our experienced dental hygienists work with our dentists to provide you with the very best in oral health care. Not only do they give your teeth a deep clean – or scale and polish – which can improve the appearance of your smile instantly, but they will advise you on how to maintain your oral health through proper brushing and flossing.

Their advice is especially important for those patients with severe gum problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, and for those who have had extensive reconstructive work, such as implants.

A hygiene appointment at Freshbrook will always include plenty of advice on maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home, as well as guidance on diet and lifestyle – we’re qualified to provide help with getting the right nutrition for a healthy mouth, and with stopping smoking too.

Can’t my dentist do oral hygiene checks?

Yes, our dentists are fully qualified in all aspects of oral hygiene. However, hygienists undertake particular training in this area, meaning they focus on ensuring plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and from below the gum line, where most damage is caused.

What treatments can the hygienist offer?

The hygienist will carry out a scale and polish – a professional deep clean that removes disease-causing plaque and tartar from under and around the gum line. The hygienist is also qualified to advise you on the latest techniques and products for effective cleaning at home, as well as tips on diet, nutrition and lifestyle issues such as smoking and alcohol intake.

What do I need to know about plaque and tartar?

Plaque and tartar are the key contributors to gum disease and tooth decay, and bad oral hygiene is the root cause. When you let your regular brushing and flossing slide, a film of bacteria – plaque – builds up around the gum line, caused by the food that remains on your teeth after eating. Plaque eventually hardens to become tartar, and together, they attack the tooth enamel, making gums and teeth vulnerable to disease and decay.

Can I do anything to prevent oral hygiene problems occurring?

Maintaining a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle.

Does it hurt to get a scale and polish?

Not usually, though if your gums are very sensitive the hygienist can use anaesthetic gel to alleviate any discomfort.

How often should I see my hygienist?

If you have good oral health, we generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year. If you’ve had dental implants or tooth restorations, you may be required to visit more frequently to ensure plaque is being kept under control effectively around your prosthetic restorations.