Maintaining a clean mouth and healthy gums is fundamental in maintaining our teeth in the long term and in order for complex treatments, such as implants, crowns and orthodontic treatments to be successful. Signs that you need to see the hygienist include bleeding gums on brushing or eating, gum swelling and halitosis (bad breath).
Teeth are intrinsically difficult to clean and most of us benefit from advice on the best way to clean our teeth and any areas that we are missing. Over time, plaque deposits calcify, to form hard deposits called calculus, and these deposits cannot be removed with brushing alone. Advice on tooth cleaning and removal of plaque and calculus is carried out at the hygiene appointments, together with stain removal, with a treatment plan that is specific to individual patient needs.