Do I need to see a dentist before I can see the hygienist?
The introduction of Direct Access allows us to offer hygiene services to anyone without them having to be registered with our practice.The goal of our hygienist is to give you the tools to look after your teeth at home through effective oral health education in the surgery.GET IN TOUCH
What happens during a visit with the Hygienist?
Removal of heavy staining & tartar
Treatment of gum disease
Education on interdental cleaning at home
Record and monitor your gum health & provide advice on smoking cessation
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to visit a dental hygienist?+
Although your routine dental checkup is a vital element in maintaining your oral health, we recommend seeing our hygienist for dental cleaning. Although you brush your teeth every day at home, we can provide a more thorough treatment that removes any tartar that’s formed along your gum line. This gives you extra defence against tooth decay and gum disease.
How often should I visit the dental hygienist?+
In most cases, we recommend visiting our hygienist every six months. If you have existing dental issues, we may suggest more frequent appointments.
Does professional dental cleaning hurt?+
Not at all. Dental cleaning is a minimally invasive treatment that uses fine jets or air, water, and carbonated particles to give you the best possible clean.
Can I see the hygienist if I haven’t seen the dentist first?+
In the past, you needed a prescription from your dentist to receive hygiene treatments. You do not need to have a dental checkup with the dentist prior to an appointment with our hygienist.
What happens during a hygiene appointment?+
The main focus of your hygiene appointment is to provide thorough dental cleaning. During your appointment, you’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your general dental hygiene needs and receive advice on maintaining your healthy smile.
What else can a dental hygienist help with?+
In addition to professional dental cleaning, a hygienist can also offer advice on a range of oral care topics like brushing techniques and products, as well as tips and signposting to services that help you quit smoking.
Can I eat and drink after my dental hygiene appointment?+
Yes. Although we’d recommend avoiding anything that could cause staining for the first couple of hours. This includes tea, coffee, dark berries, spicy food, or tobacco.