Dental Hygiene

"An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure"

What is Hygienist Treatment?

Dental Hygiene

Our ultimate goal at Didcot Dental Studio is to make sure we keep your teeth working well and looking good for the rest of your life. Our hygienists play a big role in achieving this goal. They pay particular focus on prevention and ensuring you have healthy gums. Our dentists and hygienists work closely together to ensure that our patient’s teeth are stable and this starts with strong foundations – healthy gums.

Not only do our hygienists ensure you have healthy foundations in your mouth, but they are also experts in getting rid of cosmetic stains. Over time, things like red wine, coffee, tea, and smoking can stain and yellow the outside of your teeth. This can often make you feel embarrassed and less sure of your smile. With the help of our specially trained hygienists, you can quickly get rid of years' worth of build up on your teeth and start over with a clean slate.

Airflow Machine

As we have heavily invested in the latest technology for our patients, our hygienists have access to an ‘Airflow Machine’. This essentially is a very innovative new gadget that can perfectly remove any hard stains built up over your teeth, getting your teeth looking brighter and cleaner, like never before. Get in touch with our team and book in for your hygiene appointment today.

Hygiene Smile transformations at Didcot Dental Studio

Before Treatment
After Treatment

What can you expect from your visit to the hygienist?

Comprehensive examination of the gums and supporting structures
We are aware that every adult may have to clean their teeth and gums slightly differently to the next person. Therefore, the hygienist will spend time providing bespoke and personalised advice about your oral hygiene regime at home.
Professional cleaning of your gums and teeth, which will remove any deposits and reduce the bacteria living around the teeth
We may recommend the use of an air flow clean to remove cosmetic stains
The appointments can vary in time between 30-60 minutes

Gum Disease

Gum disease is much more common than you may think and many people will notice some of the signs of it at some stage through life. Pain whilst brushing, redness around the gums and recession are just a few of the symptoms. Unfortunately, when left untreated it can lead to wobbly teeth, pain eating the foods you enjoy and tooth loss early in life.

The great news is that it is treatable, and in many instances the effects can be completely reversed. At Didcot dental studio we truly believe that prevention is better than cure, which is why we believe it is essential to be visiting the hygienist at least twice a year.

We are so passionate about this that we have created a bespoke practice membership plan which allows patients to see the hygienist and dentist regularly at an affordable monthly fee.

Stages of Gum Disease

Why have Regular Hygiene visits at Didcot Dental Studio?

Direct Access
Highly skilled Hygienists
Airflow stain removal
Individualised plan for you and your goals, not “one size fits all”
Interest free finance available

Hygiene FAQ

What is gum disease?

Everybody has plaque and bacteria in their mouth, this slowly build ups throughout the day immediately after you finish brushing. If this plaque remains around the teeth for an extended period of time it can start to cause your gums and underlying bone to react in a negative fashion. The gums can appear red, swollen, bleed on brushing and you may suffer from bad breath.

If this problem is not addressed gum disease can progress and lead to recession round the gums, wobbly teeth due to bone loss around them and then pain and infections which often can only be treated by a tooth extraction.

The good news is gum disease can be prevented and treated very predictably if diagnosed at the right time.

 

How can gum disease be prevented?

Gum disease can be prevented by reducing the amount of plaque and length of time plaque is around the teeth.

Toothbrushing twice a day using the right technique for the correct amount of time ideally using an electric tooth brush is extremely important.

Tooth brushing is very effective at removing plaque on the biting surface and on the sides of teeth. However, it does not clean in between the teeth very well. Therefore, using an additional cleaning aid to remove the plaque in between the teeth is also very important. This will include things like floss or interdental brushes.

How often should I see a hygienist?

Generally, most healthy adults we would recommend to see the hygienist every 6 months. In some instances, if patients have had a history of gum disease we may recommend to see the hygienist more frequently.

What is plaque, tartar and calculus?

Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums immediately after you finish brushing. It is a sticky, colourless film that can accumulate on the teeth if not removed through regular brushing and flossing. Plaque that is not removed can harden and turn into tartar, also known as dental calculus.

Tartar is a hard, yellow or brown deposit that forms on the teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. It is a hard deposit that forms on the teeth and is composed of bacteria, saliva, and food particles. Calculus forms when plaque is not removed and hardens over time. It can build up on the teeth, particularly along the gumline, and can contribute to gum disease if not removed.

 

How does air flow work to remove stains?

Air flow is a type of dental cleaning procedure that fires a combination of air, water and fine grit powder particles on the teeth. It quickly and completely removes stains and plaque from teeth without causing any pain or traumatising the gums.

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