Dental Hygiene at DentalCarePlus
Our experienced hygienists use many different hygiene techniques, including ultrasonic scaling and airflow polishing.
Since DentalCarePlus are a dedicated to dental implant procedures, the great majority of our dental hygiene patients have dental implants.
A dental hygiene treatment for patients with dental implants are generally different to a routine scale and polish, extremely thorough, with our hygienists using special tools that other hygienists tend to shy away from.
We lead, others follow.
DentalCarePlus are proud to be renowned in the UK dental industry for our strict and thorough protocols governing consent, planning and post-operative information and sterilisation.
In particular, we demand a meticulous aftercare program and promoting the long term success of dental implants – as published in the British Dental Journal (BDJ).
This aftercare program helps account for our clinicians amazing 99.4% dental implant integration success rate.
Ultrasonic scaling is one of the most effective and least painful method of removing deposits of tartar that are present if de-scaling isn’t done regularly.
If these deposits of plaque and tartar which contain bacteria are not regularly removed by professionally and with good oral health care, an inflammation of the gums may be the result. Patients will notice that the gums are red, may be swollen and bleed easily. This is an early form of periodontal disease called gingivitis.
Air flow technology
Our hygienists sometimes use Air Flow. Apart from being faster is more comfortable for the patient than using conventional polishing brushes, cups and pastes, and it is far more effective, without being abrasive. A blast of air and water removes plaque, and stains without discomfort.
Plaque, stains and softer deposits disappear quickly and painlessly – removing even the unsightly discolouration that occurs between the teeth. You’ll be amazed at how smooth your teeth feel afterwards.
Our clinicians always recommend a thorough dental hygiene before teeth whitening. A white radiant smile reflects a zest for life, which will be noticed. First impressions count and feeling good about yourself makes you more confident in your private and professional life.
Poor hygiene leads to problems
Plaque and Tartar
Plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, and these deposits put your dental health at risk. When plaque remains on the teeth for a prolonged period it hardens into tartar, which is more difficult to remove.
Tartar (hard calculus) is removed by our hygienists, typically using an ultrasonic scaler.
Gingivitis is where the gums become inflamed. The symptoms are red and swollen gums which can bleed on brushing. This is caused by a bacterial infection.
Gingivitis can be reversed with regular dental hygiene visits followed by improved oral home care regime by the patient. Since gingivitis does not usually cause particular discomfort, many patients don’t bother having regular hygiene appointments.
Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks is a sign that gingivitis is progressing into the more serious form of gum disease periodontitis.
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. This infection may be influenced not only by oral health factors but also by other diseases like diabetes or cardio-vascular diseases. Smoking, stress and genetic factors may also increase periodontal disease.
Periodontitis affects the area around the roots of the teeth. This causes the gums and finally the bone to separate from the teeth, so teeth become loose and painful abscesses can form in pockets at the apex of the teeth or between the roots of molars.
Periodontal treatment is required to treat periodontal disease. The long term remedy is to extract the teeth and replace with dentures or a dental implant restoration.
Most adults over 40 suffer from some form of periodontal disease, and regular dental hygiene visits with effective scaling and polishing is the best preventive method.
Booking a Dental Hygiene appointment
Contact us to book a hygiene appointment with a very experienced hygienist.
- For any dental implant hygiene questions, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable treatment coordinators.
- The cost of a dental implant hygiene treatment, varies location to location. Contact your nearest location for more information.
- If you are a dentist who looking for a qualified and experienced dental implant hygienist to refer to, see Referrals
- Refer to our FAQ page for more useful information
We recommend the Waterpik for the maintenance of good oral hygiene and implant aftercare maintenance.
Waterpik is available to purchase from all the DentalCarePlus Implant Clinics. See this video: