Dental Hygienist

We deliver a standard of hygiene treatment that goes beyond a deep clean. At Slateford Dental Care, we use your hygiene appointment as an opportunity to work on your smile, leaving you feeling great about your teeth and gums.

Hygiene appointments are essential to your on-going dental care; we can use special equipment to remove plaque, tartar and stains, lifting your smile to new heights. Removing surface stains from your teeth will brighten them significantly.

Defending your smile from gum disease

Hygienists are specially trained in looking after gum health. Preventing and treating gum disease is the main part of maintaining your periodontal wellbeing. If left untreated, gum disease can cause receding gums and tooth loss as a result.

Bacteria in plaque and tartar deposits cause gum disease to develop. The gum tissue becomes inflamed as the immune system responds to the presence of bacteria. Swollen and bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. This stage is reversible and can be treated through visits to the hygienist and a thorough dental cleaning regime at home.

It’s important to get gingivitis treated if you have signs as if left alone, it can progress to a much more aggressive stage. The later stage of gum disease, periodontitis, is a persistent condition and can’t be cured. It can be maintained and controlled to prevent causing further problems.

What happens during a hygienist appointment?

A standard hygiene appointment takes around twenty minutes. A large part is taken up with a scale and polish. This thorough clean involves scaling away stubborn tartar from all tooth surfaces, removing bacteria from around the gum line and so treating mild gum disease.

The hygienist will also carry out an assessment of your gums and mouth, looking for any signs of inflammation. They will also provide useful guidance on how to maintain your healthy gums at home with good oral care and interdental cleaning.

At Slateford Dental Care, we can provide airpolishing for a gold standard hygiene service. Airpolishing uses a mixture of air and fine grit to gently polish teeth and break down stains on the surface.

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