Dental Hygiene in Dartford

Dental Hygiene

Although this is the common term for a visit to the hygienist, the procedure is actually much more involved. For a start, hygienists, including ours, undertake lengthy training and, like dentists, must be registered with the General Dental Council before they can practise in the UK.

Their expertise focuses on the use of range of special tools to give your teeth a professional clean. They remove the plaque deposits, which contain harmful bacteria, and the tartar or build-up of calcium – a bit like limescale in a kettle. Tartar encourages bacteria to thrive and this can cause gum infection.

Even diligent oral hygiene maintenance at home – such as we recommend – is unlikely to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar which is why regular visits to a hygienist are important. Also, by using special tools and techniques, our hygienists reach the parts of your mouth that you can’t.

At the end of the treatment your teeth will be smooth and shiny and your mouth will feel, well, ‘zingy’!

Dental hygiene treatment is delivered by a specially trained dental hygienist who will help to remove any hard-to-reach plaque from your teeth that may have built up over time.

Here is what you can expect from a hygiene appointment:
  1. Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine the amount of plaque removal you will need and risk factors will be highlighted.
  2. Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes. This process is also known as scaling and polishing.
  3. The hygienist's role is to show you how to look after your teeth so that they remain free from plaque in the future. You will be advised on the best tooth brushing technique and given tips on flossing and using interdental brushes.

Dental hygiene at our practice also functions preventatively to treat gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with.

It is recommended that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.

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Smiledartford Dental Practice
69 The Brent, Dartford, Kent DA1 1YD

Opening Hours

Monday 8.30am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 6.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday Closed