Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

At RESTORE our highly trained Dental Hygienists are specially trained team members who work together with our Dentists to provide oral care. They play an important role in maintaining oral health and preventing dental disease by providing individual instruction and preventive advice to accompany any necessary dental and periodontal hygiene-based treatments.

Direct Access to our Hygienists

You can book directly to see our Hygienists even if you are not a patient at RESTORE. Please call us for more information.

A hygienist gum (periodontal) health assessment will include:

  • Performing a professional clean to remove any plaque build-up on your teeth and keep your gums healthy.
  • Performing a full dental assessment (periodontal charting) of your gum health and bone levels around each tooth.
  • Discussing any relevant lifestyle factors or medications that could be contributing factors.

What are the benefits of seeing a Dental Hygienist regularly?

  • Clean teeth
    During Hygienist appointments, you will receive a professional teeth clean. They will carefully remove plaque (dental biofilm) and calculus (tartar) from the surface of your teeth and around the gum line. They will also polish your teeth to remove surface staining and produce a smooth and shiny finish. Ensuring that your mouth is free from dental plaque and tartar is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Stain removal
    Over time, tea, coffee, red wine or other highly coloured beverages can stain your teeth.  Our Hygienist team are able to use the best polishing products and our latest AirFlowâ system to clean away those stubborn stains using a combination of air, sodium bicarbonate and water.
  • Healthy gums
    During your care you will be provided with both preventative advice and thorough assessment, treatment and review of the health of your gums and any gum disease affecting them.
  • Preventing gum disease
    Preventing and treating gum disease is as important to us as it is for you because keeping your natural teeth is one of our highest priorities. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums and/or receding gums. Your Hygienist can identify this at your appointments. Maintenance of excellent gum health around your restorations and dental implants is equally important to help long-term successful treatment outcomes.Gum disease (periodontal disease or periodontitis) is a serious condition and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. It is preventable and manageable with good oral hygiene, however once you have established it is generally not reversible,but it can be stabilised with effective oral hygiene and appropriate periodontal treatment. It is very important that symptoms such as bleeding gums, receding gums, loose teeth or infections/abscesses are not ignored and left untreated as this could otherwise lead further loosening of the teeth and ultimately their loss.
  • Fresh Breath
    A clean mouth combined with an effective home care routine means bacterial plaque is removed from around the teeth and gums, in turn this means fresher breath.
  • Bespoke Oral Hygiene advice
    Our Hygienists will work with you and personalise your home care routine to maximise your own efforts by ensuring you are using the correct type of toothbrush and interdental cleaning aids with the correct techniques specific to your needs. Any additional useful products can also be recommended to you. These comprehensive plans are made to deal with any existing issues and to formulate a maintenance plan to ensure optimum long-term dental and gum health.
  • Preventive Dietary Advice
    Our Hygienists can feedback any prevention advice regarding acid erosion (wearing away of the enamel surface of the teeth due to acids) or staining through analysing your diet and making suitable recommendations. A healthy diet free from frequent intake of sugar and acidic food and drink goes a long way to prevent cavities, other tooth wear-related problems and keeping your teeth strong and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Dental Hygienist do?

A Hygienist’s role involves treating, managing and maintaining your overall oral health. Their main area of focus is preventative dentistry, to help you care for your teeth and gums to keep them healthy. In turn, this helps reduce your risk of future dental and periodontal problems and potentially other general health conditions. Our Hygienists will create a personalised oral hygiene plan for you to complement your dental check-ups and care at RESTORE. These custom home-care procedures help our patients regain control and confidence in the health of their teeth and gum health.

How long are appointments with the Hygienist?

The length of your Hygienist will depend on your oral health needs as advised by one of our dentists or Hygienists. It is important a tailored approach to is adopted to you ensure sufficient time is allowed for assessment, thorough cleaning of your teeth and the opportunity to provide personalised advice on cleaning around and in-between your teeth, bridges or implants. Recommendations for specific products and regimes bespoke to your needs can also be made.

How frequently should I visit the Hygienist?

The frequency of how often you need to visit the Hygienist will depend on the condition of your periodontal and dental health. It is based on an individual assessment of your needs and risk factors.  Importantly, carefully planned and well considered intervals tailored to your oral health needs form an integral part of the decision-making process – preventive and proactive approaches work best. Appointments will usually vary from every 3 to 6 months as a minimum depending on your disease risk.

Can I make an appointment with the Hygienist even if I’m not registered with a dentist at RESTORE?

Direct Access to our Hygienists – you can book directly to see our Hygienists even if you are not a patient at RESTORE. Please call us for more information.

How are Fees paid?

At your initial visit a plan of treatment will be devised and fees determined.

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Direct Access Hygiene Appointments

If you wish to make a direct access appointment with our Hygienist, please send your request to [email protected]

To book your consultation please call 0121 445 3697.

Alternatively, complete our enquiry form and we will be in touch.

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