DENTAL HYGIENIST

Professional dental hygienist services across Scotland

Maintain your oral health

At Clyde Munro dental practices across Scotland, our dentists work closely with our hygiene team as part of our mission to keep patient’s mouths healthy and prevent dental problems from developing. Our hygienists are at the front line of dental health, keeping your teeth and gums in top condition by preventing plaque and tartar from causing cavities and gum disease. We use two main strategies to achieve this: the practical approach, which involves carrying out a professional deep-clean, or scale and polish; and the educational approach, making sure your diet and lifestyle aren’t impacting negatively on your oral health, and equipping you with the skills and techniques for effective oral hygiene at home. Our aim is to help you maintain a healthy mouth and clean teeth, free of bad breath and gum disease. With regular visits, we’ll also be able to flag up any early warning signs of trouble ahead, including screening for serious issues such as mouth cancer.

Air polishing

We’re delighted to be able to offer cutting-edge air polishing at Clyde Munro practices across Scotland. This hi-tech cleaning system provides an enhancement to a traditional scale and polish, removing stubborn stains and plaque biofilm by using a fine stream of air mixed with water and fine powder on the tooth surface. Air polishing is gentler than a traditional scale and polish, even when cleaning under the gum line. In addition to treating gum disease and giving your teeth a thorough clean, air polishing is a great way to prepare for teeth whitening by removing stubborn stains or to help maintain the whiteness of your smile long after you’ve invested in a whitening treatment. Your dentist may also recommend air polishing if you’ve had restorations or dental implants– all of which require careful monitoring of oral hygiene. It’s also a great option for anyone who wears braces, enabling us to clean more effectively during treatment, and restore your enamel to full health afterwards.

Can’t my dentist do oral hygiene checks?

Yes, our dentists are fully qualified in all aspects of oral hygiene and will give you an overview of your oral hygiene at your regular check-up; however, our hygienists have particular training in this area, meaning they can focus more on your individual needs. An appointment with your hygienist will ensure plaque and tartar are thoroughly removed from the teeth and will advise you on how to prevent plaque building up in the future.

What do I need to know about plaque and tartar?

Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that is continually forming on tooth surfaces and the gum line. Failing to remove plaque from tooth surfaces leads to it hardening and eventually becoming a substance known as tartar. Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by a build up of plaque and tartar in your mouth. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away but tartar bonds tightly to teeth and needs to be removed professionally. There are different factors that affect plaque and tartar such as: family history, smoking, age and diet. Together, they attack the teeth and gums making them vulnerable to disease and decay. The best way to control these problems is by using effective oral hygiene.

Can I do anything to prevent oral hygiene problems occurring?

It is vital to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene and cleaning programme at home if you want to minimise any problems such as gum disease and decay. Whilst our hygienist will give you valuable guidance on how to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy at home, regular appointments with the hygienist at the surgery will ensure a professional level of oral health. This also gives us an opportunity to talk through your diet and general lifestyle choices and how you can optimise these to protect your teeth and gums.

How often should I see my hygienist?

During your initial appointment, we will assess the general condition of your oral health and be able to give you a clear idea of how regularly you should see your hygienist. For patients with good oral health, we would generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year. Whereas if you’ve had dental implants, or are at high risk for gum disease, we would recommend you visit us more frequently to ensure plaque is being kept under control effectively and that all tartar is removed.

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