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Appointments with our hygienist will help prevent dental decay and gum disease. Combining regular hygienist visits with an excellent oral care routine at home is the best way to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth, keeping your teeth strong and your breath smelling fresh.

We also provide education and guidance focused on preventative care, keeping gum disease and tooth decay at bay. Neglecting your gums can lead to poor gum health, and ultimately tooth loss. Our aim is to show you the best ways to care for your teeth and gums, avoiding or slowing the progress of gum disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease occurs when the tissues supporting your teeth become infected, swollen or sore. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. Gum disease is likely to affect most of us at some point in our lives and periodontitis, the more serious form, is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. However, if managed properly, sufferers can keep most of their teeth for life.

The signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, inflamed or puffy gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that appear to have pulled away from the necks of your teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums

A deep clean for a healthy, sparkling smile

Our hygienist’s main role is to professionally clean (or scale) and polish your teeth. This deep clean removes stubborn tartar from hard to reach areas and the professional polish leaves your teeth feeling smoother, cleaner and brighter. We will also advise you how to properly care for your teeth and gums at home.

Booking hygienist appointments for your children is a great way to help educate them on the best ways to brush and care for their teeth. Establishing great habits early on is the best way to help your children keep healthy teeth for life.

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