Dental Hygiene

Plaque is a soft sticky substance containing millions of bacteria that forms on the teeth in a few hours causing tooth decay and gum disease if not regularly treated by a combination of brushing flossing and using a fluoride containing mouthwash in between teeth brushing.

Plaque that is not removed by daily brushing will eventually progress to a hard substance called ‘tartar’. Tartar then collects at the gum line causing the gums to become red and inflamed and may also cause bleeding upon brushing.

As a general rule, the better and more often you brush your teeth the less your teeth will require the Hygiene.

However, this routine practice is very important tough, many other factors other than brushing teeth such as diet and habits play a role on plaque formation.

Therefore to keep your teeth and gums in good health from time to time you will require a Hygiene commonly called ‘Simple Cleaning’.

The frequency of the Hygiene will be determined by your dentist and it might vary from person to person with a range between three months and twelve months.

The benefits of regularly hygiene visits to your dentist include:

  • Prevention of gum disease
  • Prevention of decay
  • Prevention of bad breath
  • Prevention of oral cancer
  • To help you achieve that brighter whiter smile
How is Hygiene done?

The first step is to use Ultrasonic Scalers which used high-frequency sound waves in conjunction with water to remove the tartar.

The next and final step consists of use the ‘Airflow’ or a mixture of air, jet water and fine sodium bicarbonate powder to gently and effectively blast away stubborn stains and any plaque on your teeth, returning them to their natural whiteness.

The treatment works by using a fine jet of compressed air water and fine sodium bicarbonate powder particles to remove staining caused by coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco and some mouthwashes.

Is Hygiene painful?

Hygiene treatment is not generally a painful procedure although it can be sometimes uncomfortable. Your dentist will need to clean just below the gum line of your teeth, this is the part which can feel more uncomfortable. Should you require deep scaling below the surface of your teeth then a local anaesthesia will be given by your dentist.

Your gums might be bleeding just after treatment however they should recover in a few hours.


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