Our practice philosophy involves a commitment to the establishment and maintenance of healthy mouths, and a preventive approach to the control of all forms of oral problems. Regular hygiene and examination appointments are integral to the achievement of these goals.
During a hygiene appointment our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean the teeth of plaque, calculus (hardened plaque or ‘tartar’), and remove surface staining. Gums will be checked for gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease), and the mouth checked for signs of other diseases such as oral cancer.
Our hygienist will also work with you to show you how to most effectively clean your teeth, and may give you advice on which dental products to use to make your job easier and more effective. They may also recommend some diet or lifestyle changes to help maintain good oral health.
At regular recall visits (usually 6 monthly), the hygiene appointment is also coupled with a periodic examination. Our dentist will perform a thorough check-up of the teeth and dental restorations, with the aim of identifying problems early before they become major issues. Radiographs (X-rays) may be required to aid with this process.
Detection of a problem does not always mean that dental treatment is needed – the solution may be as simple as a change in daily cleaning procedures, or the use of professionally recommended products to control areas that have very early decay or are at greater risk of decay.
“Showing patients the effects of dental disease then assisting them to develop the necessary skills to maintain peak oral health is a rewarding and satisfying role. My patients often look forward to their hygiene appointment knowing that regular maintenance makes their mouths look and feel great.”