Welcome to Your Hygiene Clinic Bristol
We believe easy access to the hygienist is possibly one of the most important dental services we can offer our patients. Our hygiene clinic provides a hassle-free premium service for all, also to patients who are not registered with our dental practice.
To prevent gum disease and tooth decay it is important to keep teeth and gums clean every day. A good home routine is essential but it has its limitations. In combination with regular professional deep cleaning, you will give yourself the best foundation to maintain a healthy mouth and keep your smile for life.
Take control of your oral health and book your appointment with the hygienist today
What is Air-Flow® Teeth Polishing?
The Air-flow technique is an innovative system to rapidly remove surface stains on teeth caused by food, drink and tobacco. Using only a mix of water, compressed air and fine powder particles the technique is basically a “jet wash”. Comfortable and pain-free this technique removes stubborn stains more effectively and reaches deeper into problem areas compared to the traditional scale and polishing technique.
The Air-flow technique is not a teeth whitening treatment and will not change the basic shade of your teeth. It leaves your teeth sparkling clean and looking brighter without the use of bleaching chemicals.
What is direct access?
Previously, a dentist had to see a patient prior to prescribing hygiene treatment but since May 2013 The General Dental Council permits patients to directly access the services of dental hygienists.
It is important to understand the scope of what a dental hygienist can and cannot do when using direct access.
Before attending appointments we ask that you fill in a medical questionnaire and give your consent that you agree to be treated under the direct access arrangements.
What are the signs of gum disease?
If you notice any of the following signs of gum disease, see your dentist or hygienist immediately:
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
Can a hygienist help prevent dental disease?
The training of the hygienist is centred on preventing dental disease (Gum disease and tooth decay). Carefully removing the deposits that build up on the teeth (tartar) and teaching you how to prevent it reforming again, will go a long way to slowing the progress of gum disease.
By discussing your diet and recommending other preventive measures your decay rate can also be reduced. Remember prevention is free – you do it yourself!
What other help is available for adults?
Adults can also benefit from preventive measures such as the application of fluoride. They can also have anti-bacterial gels and solutions applied under the gum to kill the bacteria causing gum disease.
Another very important part of the hygienists work, is the regular instruction and advice on home care. The hygienist may also suggest giving up smoking as this will reduce staining. Recent research has also shown that smokers have more gum disease and lose more teeth than non-smokers.
As with children, Adults can also benefit from the application of sealants to the deep fissures of the teeth. This will prevent decay starting in these areas. In addition, we can analyse your saliva for the type of bacteria known to cause decay and accurately assess your own personal risk.
Why doesn’t the dentist do this work?
Some dentists will carry out this type of work. However, many now recognise that the hygienist has been specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and can spend a longer time with you.
They and our Nurses are also experts in teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. Often the hygienist will spend a number of appointments getting the gums healthy, ready for the dentist to restore the teeth with crowns and fillings.
Will the treatment hurt?
Scaling and polishing is usually pain-free. However, if you do experience some discomfort the hygienist can eliminate this by giving you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the hygienist know at the time so that some pain control can be given.
What can I do to help the hygienist?
During your appointment, you will be shown how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You will also be shown how to clean between your teeth with floss, tape or little brushes. It is important to help yourself and the hygienist as you are in control of your mouth between visits to the practice.
There are many products available and we will recommend those that are appropriate for you. We also recommend reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, and the number of times that you eat during the day can help reduce decay. Our hygienists can help you by looking at your decay problem, your diet and by making some recommendations for you to consider.