Hygiene Treatment

While daily brushing and flossing can help keep tooth decay and disease away, plaque and tartar build-up can still form in between and behind the teeth. Protect your teeth with annual hygiene treatment appointments. 

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How We Keep Your Gums Healthy

During your appointment, our oral health therapists will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth and gums to remove any built-up plaque or tartar from those hard-to-reach places.

Need tips and tricks to get the most out of brushing and flossing? We can help with that too. Our oral health therapists can also address any early signs of gum disease, recession or any other gum issues to help prevent further deterioration of the gums.

What You Need to Know

During your appointment our oral health therapists will give your teeth and gums a thorough clean and polish with motorised tools to remove plaque and tartar.

Afterwards a gentle buffer is used on the surface of your teeth to make them shine. Most people don’t need pain relief during a clean and polish and experience only mild discomfort. If you have sensitive teeth, we can use numbing gel to keep you comfortable. 

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Treating Gum Disease

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A clean and polish removes plaque and tartar from above the gumline. For plaque buildup below the gumline or advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing may be required. During scaling your hygienist will remove plaque from below the gumline and into the pockets of your gums. During root planing the tooth root is smoothed to help gums reattach to the tooth.

What to Expect at Your Hygienist Appointment

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Appointments take 45 – 60 minutes 


Dental clean and polish to remove plaque and tartar 


Oral health education, advice and tips


Treatment for active gum infections 


Long-term treatment plan for gum disease

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a hygienist appointment take?

We recommend you set aside an hour for your first hygienists' appointment. This gives us enough time to perform an examination of your teeth and gums and remove any plaque and tartar, talk through any problems with your dental routine and our recommendations for treatment.   

What if I need extra work done?

If you need any additional work, our friendly hygienists will talk to you about a treatment plan. This could include improvements to your at-home dental routine or booking you in for an additional appointment. If you need any additional work, we’ll talk through the process before booking you in. You’ll also know the full cost of any procedures before any work is done.

How often do I need to book a hygienist's appointment?

You should book a hygienist's appointment at least once per year. Regular visits are important as they help you stay on top of any gum issues before they become bigger problems.