Hygienist appointments

Hygiene therapy is centred on maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Good hygiene helps to establish strong healthy foundations for your teeth and will keep your teeth looking clean and bright. Hygienists are an essential part of the dental team.

Our specialist dental hygienist, Sarah, is qualified in the latest procedures and has a particular interest in treating gum disease. As an experienced hygienist she has helped improve the oral health of thousands of patients.

Why hygiene therapy is important

Dental hygiene is the cornerstone of good oral health. Regular visits to the hygienist are vital to keep your teeth clean and healthy because brushing alone will not eliminate all traces of bacteria and plaque from the teeth and around the gum line. Regular professional cleaning will remove bacteria from difficult to reach areas and allow the hygienist to examine areas of the mouth that are difficult to see.

At Contemporary Dental, Sarah works closely with the dentists to provide treatment tailored to each patient’s dental needs. She will help you to manage your oral health by working with you to establish an effective oral health routine, from effective brushing and flossing techniques to recognising any problems in the early stages.

Intensive hygiene therapy

There may be times when you may benefit from a little more help to bring your dental hygiene under control, and this is where our intensive hygiene therapy can help.

Have you experienced painful or swollen gums? Maybe you’ve noticed bleeding when you brush your teeth. This could be an early indicator of gum disease. In the UK today, the majority of adults have some form of gum disease although many are unaware they have a problem as early symptoms are not always obvious.

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. If it is not removed it can eventually enter the bloodstream and lead to infection and inflammation of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. This infection – known as gingivitis – is the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, it can eventually cause irreversible damage to the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. Recent research has also linked advanced forms of gum disease to a wider range of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Many of these problems can be brought under control with the right treatment. With intensive hygiene therapy treatment the teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned both above and below the gum margin and in the pockets between the teeth to eliminate all traces of bacteria. After the deep cleaning we will follow up with checks to ensure the condition has stabilised.

If you are concerned about painful or bleeding gums, feel movement in the position of your teeth or you’re aware of a bad taste in your mouth you may benefit from intensive hygiene therapy. Regular professional cleans combined with a comprehensive at-home oral health routine will make it easier for you to maintain a healthy mouth between visits and even reduce the need for more complex dental treatment in the longer term.