Why should I see a hygienist?
Good oral hygiene is the key to good dental health and is vital in eliminating gum disease and decay, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Maintaining a good dental hygiene regime at home is essential to helping prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar. However, some parts of the mouth are difficult to reach and regular dental hygiene treatment can prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
Your hygienist is specially trained to prevent and treat gum disease and to help you maintain healthy bright teeth. They offer a professional clean, a process called scaling and polishing. They carefully remove any build-up of plaque or hard deposits of calculus (tartar) above and below the gum using manual or ultrasonic instruments. Your hygienist should also provide advice on diet, preventing tooth decay and dental implant care. They can spot signs of dental disease and should always refer you to a dentist if they see anything that needs further treatment.
Regular visits to a hygienist combined with looking after your teeth and gums at home will greatly improve the appearance of your teeth and oral health.
Do I need to be referred to a hygienist?
Some dental practices offer direct access to a hygienist, whilst others prefer you to register and have a dental check-up first. This is typically to ensure there are no problems, sensitivity or issues with your teeth that could be effected by a hygienist appointment. So check with your preferred practice first.
What is AIR-FLOW® Therapy?
AIR-FLOW® brightening is removes stains and discolouration, which can be caused by drinking red wine, tea and coffee and also smoking. This innovative technique removes plaque to restore a natural smile.
The AIR-FLOW® method uses a machine to clean and polish teeth with a combination of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. It is believed to be superior to traditional scale and polish treatments at removing the damaging biofilm that develops when dental plaque is colonised by bacteria whilst leaving the surface of your teeth intact. This is because the innovative spray technology can access all those hard to reach areas that traditional scaling cannot.
Your first appointment with AIR FLOW® treatment for £75
You will receive a full mouth hygiene assessment and advice on diet and preventing tooth decay followed by your AIR-FLOW® treatment*. This innovative brightening technique gently cleans and polishes the teeth using non-abrasive technology. It will remove stains and discolouration while thoroughly removing dental plaque. AIR-FLOW® treatment can be used regularly and is suitable for both adults and children.
Our Brightening menu offers a range of treatments from Express to Bespoke. Ask your dental hygienist for more advice on which option is best for you.
Express brightening £30
A quick 15 minute AIR-FLOW® treatment that focuses on your front teeth. This is also recommended before orthodontic or whitening treatment.
AIR-FLOW® brightening £60
A 30 minute complete AIR-FLOW® treatment. This is the same treatment as your first appointment but the full mouth assessment is not required.
Bespoke Nicotine stain removal using AIR-FLOW® £90
A 40 minute AIR-FLOW® treatment offering more time to remove more stubborn stains. Ideal for smokers, red wine, tea and coffee drinkers.
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*Terms and Conditions: AIR-FLOW® treatment available at selected Bupa Dental Care (formerly Oasis Dental Care) practices only. Appointments are limited and subject to availability.