Dental Hygienist Services
What is Gum Disease?
What is gum disease? Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gum health is crucial to keeping your teeth for life. Deposits of plaque or calculus can damage the periodontal tissues (i.e. bone, ligament and gum), which will affect the support to the teeth making the teeth mobile and could even lead to tooth loss. Visiting our hygienist for debridement of the plaque biofilm and calculus, when combined with good oral hygiene at home, can help to keep the gums healthy and therefore prevent tooth loss.
The process: Plaque builds up on a healthy tooth irritating the gum and may cause the gum and bone to recede. Sometimes the gum recedes with the bone and sometimes it doesn’t. Either way the tooth may become mobile
Bad breath? We can help
Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums.
However, strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions.
We can help to find and treat the causes of bad breath.
Ways to access our Hygienist Services:
New Patient Dental Examination & Registration
Register as a patient of the practice – If you choose to join the practice our new patient examination would assesses your periodontal (gum) health, as well as your general dental health, cancer screening, and a brief smile analysis, including possible ways to improve it such as cosmetic work or orthodontics. Matthew (our dentist) will take radiographs and photographs in order to discuss all your treatment options with you. You may need to return to discuss more complicated treatment plans. You will be given a written estimate for any treatment. The examination lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.
New ‘Direct-Access’ Patient Consultation
Did you know you can now see our York based Hygienist without seeing the Dentist first? It’s called Direct Access. So whether you already have your own dentist, or don’t want to see one at the moment, you can still visit our hygienist.
You would have a New ‘Direct-Access’ Patient Consultation with one of our hygienists prior to commencing your direct access visit. Our hygienist will assess your periodontal (gum) health, screening for gum disease. This allows us to tailor the treatment to you, i.e. option 1, 2 or 3. It does not include radiographs. The consultation lasts 15 minutes.
We would still advise that you see a dentist in order to assess your dental health.
Cost: £30.50 (in addition to Option 1, 2 or 3)
Treatment Options Available:
If you suffer from bad breath, bleeding gums or gum disease, or you would just like a brighter, fresher smile, and would like to visit a hygienist in York, please contact us to arrange a visit to our hygienists. See below for details of available treatments and costs.
Option 1 – ‘Classic Clean’
Our ‘classic clean’ will ensure all the unsightly visible calculus and stains are removed from your teeth. Before we begin, we assess your gum health with a periodontal examination. Then plaque and tartar will be removed from all of those difficult to reach areas to help keep your mouth as healthy as possible and keep bad breath at bay. Finally your teeth are polished giving you a brighter,fresher, more confident smile. You will also be given advice on how best to maintain your healthy smile and what the best oral cleaning aids are to use.
Option 2 – Extended Hygiene Treatment
Patients with periodontal problems require more bespoke treatment. Therefore we offer extended appointments to help your mouth on the way to optimal oral health. This treatment offers all the benefits of our classic clean but with benefit of more time being spent to ensure we reach all the difficult and problematic areas.
Option 3 – Extensive Hygiene Therapy
Our Extensive Hygiene Therapy treatment is for patients with advanced periodontal problems that require bespoke treatment.