Gums and Cleaning

Visiting the hygienist

We recommend that all adults routinely visit the hygienist at regular intervals to aid in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay. The hygienist will:

  • Scale your teeth to remove the build-up of hardened plaque or tartar. This cannot be removed with home toothbrushing
  • Clean build ups of soft plaque from areas around and in-between your teeth that you cannot see and cannot access
  • Polish your teeth to remove surface stains
  • Make personalised recommendations on cleaning techniques and give individual feedback on where and how to clean better

The recommended time you see the hygienist for and number of months in-between hygiene cleans will vary from person to person based on your risk of dental disease.

If you have gum disease or have had gum disease in the past it is best to have more frequent and longer hygienist appointments. For patients with active gum disease we will often recommend deep gum cleaning, where your gums are made numb before a particularly thorough professional clean.

Watch some of our videos to learn more about looking after your gums!

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