Welcome to our dental hygienist clinic in Bournemouth.
We are happy to welcome new patients, and you do not necessarily need to be registered with our dentists to see our hygienist.
Book into our hygiene clinic
- as a regular hygiene only patient with the aim of establishing a routine oral health maintenance plan
- for a one off ‘clean and polish’ to remove staining or to just freshen up for a special occasion
- or when you join and register with a dentist at our practice
Call us to book you an appointment with Vickie, our hygiene therapist on 01202 443882
Read Vickie’s recent blog on Gingivitis (inflammation of gums) and Periodontitis (gum disease), common problems that Vickie, our hygiene therapist, is experienced in treating. What is Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
What to expect at your dental hygiene appointment
You will be treated by our hygiene therapist, Vickie Harris, who is a caring, experienced dental hygiene therapist. We book sufficient time for a thorough dental clean and polish of your teeth and gums, to remove staining, provide sub-gingival cleaning as necessary, and to give you advice and demonstration on the best ways to get at those tricky areas. However bear in mind if it has been a long time since your last professional clean, you may need more a few appointments to get you back on track.
Vickie will welcome you and ask what your expectations for your hygienist appointment are. If you have been referred by the dentist, Vickie may have received some notes highlighting certain areas which may need particular care.
Along with thorough cleaning and plaque removal, Vickie may provide you with specific oral hygiene instruction. She may demonstrate how to use certain tools such as interspace brushes and dental floss to help you with your own oral hygiene routine at home. We stock oral hygiene products that are recommended by Vickie at our reception, eg. Tepe interspace brushes, toothbrushes, dental floss picks etc.
Remember ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and regular hygienist visits are essential to maintaining the health of teeth and gums, and are key to saving our teeth over the long term.
Frequency of hygiene appointments
The focus and frequency of your hygienist appointments may differ depending on your individual needs.
Classic ‘clean & polish’
Many patients come routinely every six months for a ‘classic clean and polish’ to maintain their oral health at a good level. At these appointments the hygienist removes ‘lifestyle’ staining that builds up due to everyday habits such as smoking, enjoying tea, coffee, red wine and curry. Even if the focus of these appointments is more cosmetic, our hygienist will always monitor your gum health at these appointments and remove any build-up of calculus (i.e. hardened plaque) from areas at the gum line that are tricky to clean.
Other patients may be prescribed a course of ‘periodontic treatment’, which involves three to four appointments over a four to six week period with the objective of addressing gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Once gum health has stabilised the dentist or Vickie will recommend how frequently the patient should attend. Importantly the hygienist works with the patient to improve and maintain gum health. Hopefully over time the gums will return to a normal healthy state and then the patient can revert to just needing two or three hygiene visits per year.
Orthodontic clean for brace wearers
Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment may find it very difficult to prevent the buildup of hardened plaque around braces, and it is advisable to have this removed to prevent cavities or staining on the surfaces of your teeth where the braces are attached.
Cleaning of implants or bridges
Lastly if you have had ‘expensive complex dentistry’, such as implants or multi-unit bridgework, it is imperative to maintain impeccable oral hygiene to guarantee the long term success of these expensive treatments. Vickie is trained and experienced in cleaning and maintaining implants and bridgework.
‘Same Day Booking’ Offer
Sometimes we have last minute cancellations for hygiene appointments and can offer you a same day booking for hygiene. In this instance we can book you in for a special price of £50 for a 30 mins appointment, normal price £62.50.
Frequently asked questions
What is dental plaque?
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth and along the gum line. Plaque contains bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Calculus (or tartar) is calcified or hardened plaque that attaches to the enamel on your teeth and below the gum line. Hardened plaque around the gum line can cause inflammation and irritation to the gums causing bleeding. The most common sign of calculus is a yellow or brownish deposit between the lower front teeth, especially on the backs of teeth, or at the gum line.
Why do my gums bleed, do I have gum disease?
Bleeding gums is quite common and doesn’t necessarily mean you have gum disease although it is a significant sign. It’s always worth getting the gums checked by your dentist or hygienist which can in most cases can be returned to health.
A clean mouth with healthy gums is the foundation of long-term dental health. Healthy gums are critical to your oral health. If gums become inflamed and tender and bleed while brushing, you may have gum disease. The first sign is blood on your toothbrush or in the toothpaste you spit out after cleaning your teeth.
Plaque deposits form hardened calculus deposits at and below the gum line and this is what cause inflamed gums (or gingivitis). Inflammation is your body’s immune system response to try and fight the plaque. If this inflammation is not brought under control, it causes destruction of tissue and bone that support your teeth, which is classified as ‘gum disease’. Progressive gum disease will result in inevitable tooth loss if not kept under control.