Hygiene

Oral hygiene is a critical component of dental health and the hygienist has a crucial role in helping you maintain this to ensure the gums are healthy and disease free.

A good daily dental hygiene routine

This will ensure your teeth and gums are rid of the daily build-up of plaque and tartar whilst regular dental hygienist appointments for teeth cleaning, remove the plaque and tartar in those harder to reach areas to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.

Highly Experienced Team

At Malmin, our highly experienced dental hygienists work in collaboration with our dentists to ensure your smile stays bright and healthy. Not only do they give your teeth a deep clean – which can improve the appearance of your smile instantly – but they also:

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Advise you on how to maintain your oral health through brushing and flossing techniques which is especially important for those with gum problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
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Include personalised advice on maintaining a good oral health routine at home, as well as guidance on diet and lifestyle.
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Are qualified to provide help and advice to stop smoking and with getting the right nutrition for a healthy mouth.
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Our dental hygienists can help with halitosis (bad breath) treatment too.

Our preventative approach to dental hygiene

Our philosophy is that prevention is always better than cure and our hygienists are crucial to this ethos. Our dentist hygienist work to preserve the health of your smile by ensuring plaque and tartar are kept under control. They play a key role in avoiding dental problems that could otherwise prove costly and invasive to treat.

Our hygienists provide an extra level of care, so if they notice a problem during your visit, they will be able to flag it and ensure you see your dentist before it becomes more serious.

With direct access appointments, you can book an appointment with your hygienist without needing to see the dentist first.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the hygienist remove staining?

Teeth can stain for a variety of reasons due to the food and drink we consume and other activities such as smoking. This can result in discoloured and yellow looking teeth.

During a hygiene visit, our hygienists can remove this staining using specialised instruments which can make your teeth look whiter and provide advice on how to avoid staining on teeth building up in the future.

How often should I see a hygienist?

If the gums and teeth are generally quite healthy, we would advise every six months. However, upon advice we may recommend more regular attendance to maintain the optimum health of your teeth and gums.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is very common and equally very treatable. It occurs because of the build-up of plaque on the tooth surface which contains vast amount of bacteria which can irritate and damage them. If teeth are not cleaned regularly the bacteria can cause the gums to become inflamed, bleed and become painful. These are all signs of gum disease and must be treated immediately. If left untreated gun disease can result in more severe symptoms such as gum recession, sensitivity and mobility of teeth.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Brushing twice a day on the tooth surface and gum margins which will remove the plaque and the cause of the irritation to the gums and gum disease. It is also important to use floss of interdental brushes to remove any plaque and debris from between the teeth.

Visit the hygienist every six months. The hygienist will ensure that the health of the gums are checked, cleaned and also provide advice on how best to improve any oral hygiene regimes.

Avoiding smoking. Smoking can release many potent chemicals into the mouth which can result in gum disease.

Can severe gum disease be treated?

Severe gum disease is usually correlated with a degree of bone loss which can cause wobbly teeth, pain and possible infections. When this is identified, it usually requires several sessions of deep cleaning which may even need to be carried out under the supervision of a Specialist periodontist.

Is gum disease hereditary?

Scientific research has identified a genetic link to gum disease which means it can be passed down from previous generations. However, it can be managed if monitored and maintained regularly and prevented by regular dental and hygiene visits.

Clean teeth and freshen breath

Remove difficult staining

Highly qualified and experienced hygienists

Early and late appointments

Bad breath clinics