Bespoke care to maintain your healthy smile

Your healthy smile is important. With regular tailored care from our experienced hygienists, you can take control of your oral health and be smiling with pride for the long term.
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For an easy way to ensure regular hygiene appointments, and save on pay-as-you-go fees, join our Hurst Dental & Implant Clinic Care Plan. You receive two hygiene appointments per year, with manageable monthly payments to spread the cost and make your routine dental care more affordable. To find out more, please talk to us today.

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Why do I need to visit a hygienist?

You may have an excellent oral hygiene routine at home, brushing twice a day and using interdental tools to great effect. However, while this does most of the work in removing harmful plaque and bacteria from your teeth, regular professional cleans from your hygienist are needed to reach areas you can’t get to at home, removing stubborn plaque and tartar build ups.

Our hygienists are exceptionally skilled and qualified, providing bespoke care to look after your teeth, gums and overall oral health. At each appointment, they look out for signs of gum disease and decay, however mild it may be, and treat any issues before they are allowed to worsen. Optimal gum health and dental hygiene can also help keep the rest of your body healthy, as gum disease is also linked to conditions including heart disease and diabetes.

What are the benefits of hygiene treatment?

  • Deep Clean

    Thorough hygiene treatment leaves your teeth feeling significantly smoother, cleaner and healthier, promoting fresh breath and a sparkling smile.

  • Confidence

    A clean and fresh mouth boosts your confidence, with stubborn plaque and tartar removed for a lighter and brighter smile you are happy to show off.

  • Prevention

    Regular hygiene appointments are able to prevent gum disease, decay and other issues from developing and leading to further necessary treatment.

  • Advice

    Our hygienists are highly knowledgeable, able to give you bespoke tips and advice for your cleaning routine at home and a healthier mouth.

What will my hygiene appointment involve?

To begin your appointment, we warmly welcome you and make sure you are feeling relaxed in the dental chair. We ask if you have any concerns about your teeth and gums, or if you would like to tell us about any particular problem areas in your mouth. We will also ask a little about your general health, to ensure you are fit, well, and ready for hygiene treatment.

The majority of your hygiene appointment is a professional clean of your teeth, removing surface stains, plaque and tartar. We then polish your teeth, leaving them feeling brighter, smoother and cleaner, with your risk of developing gum disease reduced. In some cases, if you have a more advanced stage of gum disease, we may also carry out a more intensive deep clean.

At the end of your appointment, we give you oral hygiene and dietary advice based on your individual needs. We are happy to answer any questions about your lifestyle or diet, and can show you how to use interdental brushes if required.
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Frequently asked questions

  • You may find dental hygiene treatment to be uncomfortable, especially during the traditional scaling process, but it is often not as bad as you are expecting. We take time to ensure you know what to expect before we begin, and are happy to pause if you need a quick break. Some hygiene treatments today are completely pain-free, including ultrasonic cleaning, which uses vibrations and energy to clean away plaque in a very gentle way.

  • If plaque and bacteria are allowed to build up around the gum line, it can cause inflammation and irritation in the gums. They often bleed when brushed, indicating the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible at this stage. Without treatment, the gums continue to recede, creating pockets between gum and tooth. These pockets fill with bacteria, allowing plaque and tartar to build up on the vulnerable tooth root, which is much harder to remove. This is known as periodontitis, and cannot be reversed but can be managed. If periodontitis is not controlled, it can lead to tooth loss.

  • If your gums bleed when brushing or eating an apple, you have early signs of gum weakness, which can lead to gum disease. This condition is reversible but needs attention sooner rather than later. If you begin to notice bleeding, sensitivity or pain, please contact us for advice.

  • The signs and symptoms of gum disease include bright red and tender gums that easily bleed, bad breath, loose teeth, sensitivity and pain. Your hygienist will keep an eye out for any signs of gum disease at your regular appointments, but it is important to know what these are so you can be proactive about your oral health.

  • Most people need to visit the hygienist every six months, in line with their regular dental check ups. However, some patients may be advised to leave a shorter or longer time between appointments, depending on their oral health. We provide bespoke treatment, so will always advise you when would be best to return for your next appointment.

  • Our hygiene treatments at Hurst Dental & Implant Clinic include a scale and polish (using ultrasonic and/or hand scaling tools), smoker’s stain removal intensive hygiene therapy, and a deep clean for treating periodontal gum disease.

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