Dental Hygiene

Hygienists play an increasingly important role in modern dentistry and are key players in the long-term prevention of dental problems. Not only do they scale and polish teeth, they also teach preventive techniques and offer lifestyle advice, and they can supervise some cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening. It really is a good idea to see a hygienist regularly as they can:

  • Prevent gum disease
  • Stop gums bleeding
  • Keep breath fresh
  • Reduce your risk of conditions related to poor gum health, such as heart disease
  • Teach you how to keep your teeth healthy for life

Even if your teeth look and feel OK, gum disease can gradually and unnoticeably inflict significant damage. It is rarely painful, but can cause bleeding gums, bad breath and possible tooth loss. A hygienist’s chief contribution to dental health is to help you avoid gum disease and decay, so you can keep your own teeth, for life, and your need for dental treatment is greatly reduced. Recent research has also shown a link between periodontal disease (severe gum disease) and other health concerns like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

What happens during a hygiene session?

Our hygienists will assess your current level of oral hygiene and carry out a full scale and polish, as well as demonstrating oral care techniques such as flossing and brushing. 

How often should I see a hygienist?

This will depend on your risk of gum disease. Risk factors include having a personal susceptibility and having had restorative treatments. We will advise you how often you should have a hygiene appointment, which can range from every three months to once a year.

Do I need to see a dentist first?

No. Since a change in the law (in 2013), patients can now see a dental hygienist without being referred by a dentist.

Steps To Health

Achieving and keeping a healthy mouth is a joint effort, please click here for information on our Oral Health Pathway.

Give us a call on 0117 968 4888 to book an appointment for a refreshing deep clean (and more!)

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What our patients think

Your dental care has been top notch from all your team members and yourself – a level of care, explanation and understanding that is rare today. John Dreyer

Thank you soooo much Paul and Jay. Brilliant work. If you value your teeth, these are the people who should be helping you look after them. TerryVal White

Great treatment from Rachel last week, I’m usually quite nervous of anything dental, but Rachel was so relaxed and informative that I had no worries at all. Abigail Seabrook

I love their text and email service as it ensures I don’t forget an appointment. The recent refurbishment is wonderful and the waiting/reception area looks amazing! Teresa Haskins

Would highly recommend! I had such good treatment here having my fillings all put right. Best I’ve ever been treated! Michelle Purnell

I love the team! My braces are almost finished and Jays work is brilliant! Dani Bryant

I now have a perfect smile! I absolutely loved my ‘invisible braces’ the attention to detail and overall care has been brilliant. Emma Rowles

A fantastic dental surgery with a great team. I highly recommend them. They were able to rectify an issue with my teeth painlessly and the results are 5*! Kristie Dobson

Fantastic staff and dentist (Paul) great at explaining complicated course of treatment and making me feel at ease with the process. Jezza Lyle

Fantastic place I can’t recommend it highly enough especially impressed with the hygiene therapy provided. Edd Ball

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