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Professional cleaning and gum disease prevention in Thatcham

Enjoy a stain-free, healthy smile – and learn how you can keep it that way

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Preventative dentistry at Dental Partners Thatcham

At Dental Partners Thatcham, our dentists work closely with our hygiene team as part of our mission to keep patients healthy and prevent dental problems from occurring. The hygienist’s job is effectively at the front line of dental health, keeping your teeth and gums in top condition by preventing plaque and tartar from causing cavities and gum disease. The hygienist’s role is both practical and educational, combining professional deep-cleaning – a scale and polish – with oral health advice. Your hygienist will help ensure your diet and lifestyle aren’t impacting negatively on your oral health, and equip you with the skills and techniques for effective oral hygiene at home.

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Direct access hygienist appointments

Direct access means our the South East patients can see a hygienist without having to attend a dental check-up first. It’s ideal if you want a stain-lifting deep clean in-between check-ups, or perhaps in advance of a special event – or if you’ve noticed your gums are sore or bleeding. Direct access appointments are also especially convenient if you have had dental implants, orthodontics or dental restorations, as you will need to attend regular appointments for special cleaning with the hygienist. Hygienists are also qualified to provide oral health advice and carry out a number of minor dental treatments, such as fissure sealants and gum cleaning. If the hygienist identifies a need for further dental treatment, they will of course refer you immediately to your family dentist at Dental Partners Thatcham.

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Can’t my dentist do oral hygiene checks?

Yes – however, hygienists undertake particular training in this area, focusing on ensuring plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and from below the gum line, where most damage is caused. And because we offer direct access hygiene appointments, you don’t need to see the dentist beforehand to get your hygiene treatment.

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What treatments can the hygienist offer?

The hygienist will carry out a professional deep clean that removes disease-causing plaque and tartar from under and around the gum line. The hygienist is also qualified to advise you on the latest techniques and products for effective cleaning at home, as well as tips on diet, nutrition and lifestyle issues such as smoking and alcohol intake.

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Can I do anything to prevent oral hygiene problems occurring?

Maintaining a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle.

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Does it hurt to get a scale and polish?

Not usually, though if your gums are very sensitive the hygienist can use anaesthetic gel to alleviate any discomfort.

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How often should I see my hygienist?

If you have good oral health, we generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year. If you’ve had dental implants or tooth restorations, you may be required to visit more frequently to ensure plaque is being kept under control effectively around your prosthetic restorations. If you suffer from periodontitis, you may need to attend up to four times a year, depending on your individual dentition. In all cases, your hygienist will advise you of the appropriate.

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