Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygienist

With more adult teeth being lost through gum disease rather than tooth decay, regular dental hygiene treatment is essential to keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Regular visits to a hygienist combined with dental check-ups and looking after your teeth and gums at home will greatly improve the appearance of your teeth and your oral health.

At ‘Dentist on the Green’, we offer a range of hygienist services including scale and polish treatments, preventative fluoride applications, AIR-FLOW therapy, and cosmetic, stain-removing brightening treatments.

AIR-FLOW Therapy

AIR-FLOW® is a brightening technique which gently cleans and polishes the teeth using non-abrasive technology. It removes plaque, stains and discoloration using a combination of water, compressed air and fine powder particles.

The innovative spray technology can access all those hard to reach areas that traditional scaling cannot. It effectively removes the damaging biofilm that develops when dental plaque is colonised by bacteria but leaves the surface of your teeth intact.

AIR-FLOW® therapy can be repeated regularly and is suitable for both adults and children.

Top tips for brushing your teeth

Make sure you remember these key steps and hints every time you brush your teeth, to keep your smile happy and healthy.

                        • Don’t forget to floss or use an interdental brush before you brush your teeth
                        • Two is the magic number. Brush for two minutes, twice a day.
                        • Brush in circular motions with a manual toothbrush. If you use an electric toothbrush, let the brush do the work.
                        • Avoid brushing backwards and forwards.
                        • Make sure you brush every tooth.
                        • Brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and bad breath.
                        • Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing- it’ll wash away the fluoride.

It may be recommended by your dentist that you visit the hygienist regularly. The frequency of visits will be determined by your clinical needs but also by your own personal desire to have your teeth cleaned and polished regularly.

Your dentist may also recommend that you see a hygienist for a thorough clean before beginning a complex dental treatment such as dental implants.

Good oral hygiene is vital in eliminating gum disease and decay, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Regular visits to a dental hygienist will ensure that hidden and difficult-to-reach plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth removing rough surfaces which contribute to build up of bacterial numbers, and improving the health of your teeth and gums.

Hygienists can also help you maintain brighter, whiter teeth. Scaling and polishing, as well as AIR-FLOW therapy and cosmetic treatments can remove surface stains, leaving you with a fresher, brighter smile.

Your hygienist can also provide advice on diet and how to care for your teeth and gums properly at home.

Some dentists will do this type of work, however many realise that the dental hygienist has been specially trained to carry out hygiene therapies and that they are the healthcare specialists and experts in their field, encouraging you to look after your teeth and gums.