Dental hygiene treatment is delivered by a dental hygienist who will help to remove any plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth that may have built up in certain areas.

Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes, this process is also known as scaling and polishing.

Dental hygiene at the dental practice also forms part of treating gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with and, they teach patients how to maintain good oral hygiene.

As well as regular visits to your dental practice, invest time in an effective oral hygiene routine at home to help avoid gum disease and tooth decay. Brush at least twice a day, especially before bed, for at least two minutes.

Don’t forget to clean between your teeth with floss, tape or interdental brushes. Rinsing with mouthwash can help keep teeth free from plaque, as well as freshening your mouth.

We believe that practising good oral hygiene at home, combined with regular visits to your dental practice, ensures your optimum oral health.

Bad breath/Halitosis is another most common reason that people seek dental care, after tooth decay and gum disease.

Causes of bad breath include:

  • The most common cause of halitosis is bad oral hygiene. Poor dental hygiene Without regular brushing and flossing, bacteria and bits of food can get trapped in between your teeth, which release an unpleasant odour after some time
  • Chronic bad breath usually has an underlying medical cause such as throat, nose or lung infections and sinusitis, bronchitis, gastro-intestinal conditions or diabetes.
  • Smoking.
  • Consuming strong, odorous foods like garlic, onions and coffee.

If you are aware that your breath is not as fresh as you would like it to be, make an appointment with the hygienist for some advice and assistance.

Stain Removal

Stain Removal can be achieved during a routine hygiene appointment where the teeth are cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments to remove plaque deposits. The teeth are then polished with either conventional prophy polish or ‘Air-flow.