a dental hygienist talking to a patient
Our dental hygienists play an integral part in improving and maintaining our patient’s oral health.

Their main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. Their most important role is showing you the best way to clean your teeth effectively at home.

The hygienists work closely with the dentists so that your care is best tailored to your needs.

Periodontal disease (Gum disease) is caused by failing to adequately remove plaque deposits from the teeth and gums, and made worse by smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Prevention of Periodontal Disease (Gum disease)

  • Brushing twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste (1350ppm fluoride or above)
  • Brushing last thing at night and on one other occasion.
  • Spitting out after brushing and not rinsing
  • Remove plaque effectively using methods shown by the dental team

Daily effective plaque removal is more important to periodontal health than scaling and polishing by the clinical team.
  • Brush gum line AND each tooth twice daily (before bed and at least on one other occasion)
  • Clean daily between the teeth to below the gum line before tooth brushing
  • For small spaces between the teeth: use dental floss or tape
  • For larger spaces: use interdental or single tufted brushes
  • Around orthodontic appliances and bridges, use kits suggested by your orthodontist
  • Do not smoke
  • Maintain good diabetes control
  • Be aware that some medications may affect gingival health