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Hygiene therapy



Hygiene therapy is mainly concerned with gum health - showing people correct home care and helping to keep the teeth and gums healthy.  This usually involves a 'scale and polish' along with advising patients on routines and dental devices to minimise the amount of plaque which collects on the teeth and soft tissues.  It is this plaque which can go on to form 'tartar' the hard substance that requires removal and can also inflame the soft tissues and increase the chances of decay starting.






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Will the treatment hurt?

Scaling and polishing is usually pain free. However, if you do have any discomfort the hygienist can use anaesthetic creams, or give you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the hygienist know at the time so they can help with your pain.

What can I do to help the hygienist?

You can do a great deal to help yourself and the hygienist, as you are in control of your mouth between visits to the practice. Your hygienist will have shown you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

They will also have shown you how to clean between your teeth with interdental brushes, floss or tape.


There are many oral care products now available including specialist toothpastes, powered toothbrushes, and mouthwashes. Your hygienist will recommend those that are best for you.

We recommend you follow three simple steps to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.


  • brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste containing at least 1350ppm (parts per million) of fluoride

  • cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks

  • visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.


Cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet, and the number of times that you eat during the day, can help to reduce decay. Your hygienist can help you by looking at your decay problem and your diet, and by making some recommendations for you to consider.


Chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes after meals can also help to prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which in turn cancels out the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating.

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