Oral Hygiene / Periodontal Treatment
What to expect during a visit with our dental hygienist for your professional cleans?
An appointment with our hygienist that specialises in gum treatment should be carried out at least twice a year. With regular active maintenance, our hygienist will help identify any presence of gum disease and carious lesions in its early stages, allowing for early treatment before any disease becomes too serious. The difference between your general cleans with a dentist versus seeing our hygienist include:
- 45 minute to an hour check-up, generally clean and active maintenance appointment.
- Our hygienist begins appointments by measuring the gap between your gums & teeth. If the gap is more than 3mm, it might be that your gums are unhealthy as a result of gum disease (periodontal disease).
- If required complementary small radiographs once a year or two to assess your existing restorations, depths of existing carious lesions & presence of lesions between teeth.
Assess your soft tissues around your gums and below your tongue for any signs of soft tissue or malignant lesions.
- Perform tooth saving techniques by thoroughly removing tartar and plaque with an electronic scaler & then using site-specific manual scalers to clean the front, back & between each individual tooth, scooping up any tiny traces or shards of tartar; to delay the speed of future build-up.
- When the scaling has been completed our dental hygienist will give your teeth a good polish to keep them stain free which also prevents tartar build-up and leaving the tooth surface smooth, making tooth brushing easier.
- Our Hygienist also provides plaque disclosing to some patients to colour the plaque deposits that may be present in your mouth. Allowing you to see which areas require more attention in home care.
- Our hygienist always finishes her appointments with tailored individualised professional oral hygiene instructions to your specific needs. The type of home cleaning aids and oral hygiene instruction depend on the size of gaps between your teeth, manual ability (e.g. child vs adult or elderly), your specific dietary habits, saliva flow, caries risk and presence of fixed or removable prosthesis (including dentures, implants or bridges). Specific tailored advice also provided to patients with braces.
Some patients may be required to come back for a two-phase deep clean, Why?
If you present with a combination of one or more of the following signs including extensive tartar build up, puffy inflamed gums, bleeding heavy staining, bone loss or tooth mobility, our hygienist may recommend you come back for an additional specialised hygiene appointment. As you may require more time, care and additional tailored steps to bring your gums & teeth back to optimum health. This two-phase appointment will provide you with a deep clean option to bring your gums completely back to health. A deep clean is performed over 2 separate visits (1 hour each), which is cleaning of tartar build-up below the gum-line along the root surface. If you present with heavy staining, an air flow polishing treatment will be included to combat tough stains.