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Dental Hygiene

TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR ORAL HEALTH

At the Essex Smile Centre, our hygienists work to help prevent and treat gum disease – one of the UK’s leading causes of tooth loss.

Do I really need to see a dental hygienist?

A hygienist might be considered an ‘unnecessary extra’ to some people – when, in fact, regular hygienist appointments can be the difference between healthy teeth and gums and the need to undergo preventable and costly treatments.

The two major causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. With good dental hygiene and professional teeth cleanings from a dental hygienist, these conditions can often be prevented and dealt with in a quick and easy manner.

What does a hygienist appointment entail?

Your hygienist appointment will typically begin with an initial oral hygiene check to ascertain the overall health of your teeth and gums. This inspection helps the hygienist to decide what is required during cleaning.

This is then usually followed by ‘scaling’ where build ups of tartar and plaque on the surface of the teeth and gum lines are carefully removed using special tools. Then your hygienist will give your teeth a thorough clean and shine – including a gentle polish to remove superficial stains on the surface.

If there are signs of decay, then they may also apply a fluoride or antibacterial gel and a referral to your dentist will be made.

How much does a hygienist appointment cost?

As with all dental treatments, pricing will depend on your precise requirements, but you can get an accurate cost by contacting our reception staff who can assist you further.

Why not get in touch today? When you leave your hygienist appointment it will be with your mouth feeling fresher and cleaner knowing that your oral health is well managed and that all traces of harmful plaque and tartar have been erased.

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“I just wanted to say a big thank you to Nicola and Chloe. I came in today at 1pm with a cracked tooth and they were brilliant with me. I am very anxious of the dentist (to the extent that I have had to be sedated for fillings etc), but Nicola explained what she was going to do and Chloe gave me re-assurance all the way, even when I started to panic they calmed me down. Please pass on my thanks to them both, as this made a very stressful situation, that little bit more bearable.” – Katherine