Hygiene Program

The heart of our practice

A major focus of the practice and the team is on dental disease prevention, so the hygiene program takes a high priority.

Clients can be confident the oral hygiene advice they receive from dental therapists Michelle Ellis, Estelle Morgan, Louise Abbott and Belinda Carlshausen is appropriate to their individual needs.

Gentle treatment of the gums and teeth is the team’s speciality, and they have access to various types of anaesthesia, if necessary, to ensure a comfortable, painless treatment.

Regular patients benefit from the practice’s state-of-the-art maintenance program to keep teeth healthy and strong, reducing the need for major restorative work.

The therapist will perform an oral health assessment and provide a diagnosis and treatment options. In addition to scaling and polishing, they can perform more advanced treatment and have the option to refer to trusted specialists.

Your dental hygiene visit

What to expect

Everyone has individual needs when it comes to dental care, and regular visits to the dental therapist will help to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Many clients need appointments only every 12 months, but some will need to attend more frequently, which may be every four or six months.

On your first visit, details of your medical history will be taken, and on subsequent visits, you should advise the practitioner of any changes in medication, as these may impact on your dental health.

During your visit, the dental therapist will determine the health of your teeth and gums with a detailed examination, which will identify any problems or potential issues.

She will then make you comfortable and start the procedure to remove plaque, stain and tartar from your teeth.

Once this is finished, she will discuss any concerns. She will suggest a maintenance program for you to carry out at home, advise on brushing and flossing techniques, and recommend suitable types of toothpaste or mouth rinses. The therapists are also qualified to advise on diet and lifestyle factors contributing to dental problems, and make useful and practical suggestions.

Other preventative procedures during this appointment might include taking x-rays for the early detection of cavities forming between teeth and under existing fillings, and to show the state of the bone supporting the teeth.

With regular visits to the dental therapist, you can be assured of a healthy mouth and a bright smile.