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Crendon Dental Centre, 7A Crendon St, High Wycombe, HP13 6LE

Dental Hygienist in High Wycombe

Dental hygiene from just £75 –

Preserve & Restore Your Oral Health with Dental Hygiene

As well as regularly visiting your dentist, hygiene appointments should also be an essential part of your dental care. Hygienists are qualified members of the dental team who focus on preventing and treating gum disease by promoting good oral hygiene.

What is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene focuses on preventing oral diseases, such as gum disease and tooth decay. Hygiene appointments will help prevent gum disease and dental decay. While your oral care routine at home does most of the work when it comes to removing plaque from your teeth, a professional clean will help remove any build-up. Hygienists are trained in cleaning away plaque and tartar deposits, protecting your smile from bacteria.

Why are hygiene appointments important?

Your oral health depends on your gums. Your dental hygienist is best placed to look after your gum health, preventing gum disease and removing any bacteria that is already irritating your gums. Gum disease causes inflammation of the tissue that surrounds teeth and, if not treated, it can lead to recession of the gums. This can cause pockets to develop as the gum moves away from the tooth and can eventually lead to loosening of the teeth. The cleaner your teeth, the less likely you are to develop gum disease. A hygienist will not only thoroughly clean your teeth but will also show you how to keep up the good work at home.

During an appointment, the hygienist will assess the health of your gums and teeth and look for any signs of swelling, inflammation, or bleeding. The hygienist may also take measurements where the gum attaches to the tooth and check for signs of oral cancer.

Top reasons to book your hygiene appointment

Step 1: Prevents dental issues from developing

Regular visits to your hygienist help prevent periodontal and gum disease from developing.

Step 2: Feel more confident with a lighter, brighter smile

Stains, plaque, and tartar will be removed during your hygienist appointment, leaving your teeth whiter and brighter.

Step 3: Fresh breath

As your hygienist can reach parts that normal brushing can’t reach, you will have fresher breath and cleaner teeth, giving you a healthier mouth.

Step 4: Oral health tips and advice

Your hygienist can demonstrate how to clean and floss teeth more effectively, so you can maintain a cleaner and healthier mouth in between your appointments.

Step 5: Screening for mouth cancer and other oral diseases

As part of your appointment, your hygienist will do a mouth cancer screening check to spot any warning signs early on.

Our dental hygiene treatments

✔ Hygiene Session (Quicksmile)

✔ Air Polishing – High Gloss Polish

✔ Air Polishing – Ultra Clean


Our practice has invested in Airflow and PerioFlow Swiss Technology to enhance our services to our patients. Airflow is a pleasant and comfortable oral hygiene treatment that quickly and effectively removes stains on the front and back of your teeth. It uses a controlled stream of fine powder particles on the tooth surface through water spray and compressed air. In just one appointment, your teeth will feel smoother, polished, and will appear cleaner.

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What happens during a hygiene appointment?

During your hygiene treatment the hygienist uses specially designed implements to remove tartar from the tooth surface and underneath the gum line. When all the surfaces are clean, they polish teeth with a gritty paste, leaving them feeling smooth and silky. If gum disease has progressed beyond the early stages, a hygienist can remove tartar from the root surface to smooth the area and reduce inflammation of the gum tissue. This is known as root planing (or debridement) and, as it involves deeper cleaning under the gum line, it is a procedure that may require an anaesthetic to eliminate any discomfort.

Hygienists also offer helpful hygiene advice and demonstrate how to keep your teeth plaque-free with toothbrushes, interdental brushes, and floss. In addition, they provide dietary and smoking cessation advice.

Regularly visiting a hygienist will not only help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, but also protect your overall well-being because poor gum health has been linked to more serious conditions such as heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, and dementia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Often the anticipation of going to the dentist or dental hygienist is much worse than the actual visit. Listening to people with past bad dental experiences heightens anxiety. However, we aim to create a calm and relaxed environment. There can be an element of discomfort, and sometimes tooth sensitivity can be experienced. We will ensure you know what to expect before any treatment. We will also be guided by you and if you feel any pain, we will stop immediately to give you a break. Sample Description
The amount of time between appointments for visiting your hygienist is specific to each individual patient. This will be based on the condition of your teeth and gums, the speed you build up tartar/calculus, staining, and your susceptibility to periodontitis. For simple tartar/calculus or stain removal, a three-monthly visit is usually enough. If there is any bone loss or unstable periodontal disease present, then more frequent visits may be advised.
The main part of your hygiene appointment involves a routine scale and polish. This deep-clean removes stubborn tartar from all the hard-to-reach areas. This is then followed by a professional polish – which leaves your teeth feeling smoother, cleaner, and brighter. As well as a deep clean, we will advise you on how to properly care for your teeth and gums. We can show you how to use interdental cleaning tools properly so you can keep up the hard work at home.
Your oral health depends on your gums. Your dental hygienist is best placed to look after your gum health, preventing gum disease and removing any bacteria that is already irritating your gums. Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause gums to recede and can be a contributing factor to tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. If this sticky substance is not removed, it can turn into hard tartar and start to irritate the gums, leading to redness and soreness. Without treatment, gingivitis can turn into bigger problems for your mouth such as periodontitis. This means the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets can collect debris that can become infected. In some people, their immune system can overreact and start to break down the gum tissue and even the bone that supports the tooth.
A chief part of a hygienist’s role is to carry out removal of any build-up of harmful plaque and tartar. Plaque is the sticky layer that builds up on our teeth daily and which can harbour harmful bacteria. If allowed to accumulate, it can harden and form tartar, which can add to the vulnerability of the teeth as its rough surface will attract even more plaque. If tartar forms at the gum line, the early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) can occur, which can cause inflammation of the gums. If not treated, this can lead to more serious periodontal disease which can go on to cause tooth loss.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Swollen, red gums are often one of the first signs of this early stage of gum disease. Other symptoms include tooth sensitivity and bad breath. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which can cause gums to separate from the teeth, creating pockets that can get infected. These pockets, over time, will deepen, the gums will continue to recede, and eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
Plaque builds up around the teeth and gum line, the gum tissues can become inflamed. The irritated gums often bleed while brushing, making them susceptible to the bacteria in the mouth. Hygiene appointments can help reverse gingivitis by removing the plaque and tartar deposits left at the gum line. If left untreated, the gums start to recede. This leads to pockets developing between the gum and the tooth, exposing the sensitive and vulnerable tooth root. Once plaque and tartar build-up on the root, it’s much harder to remove. This part of gum disease is called periodontitis and isn’t reversible like the earlier stage. It can be managed by a dentist or periodontist through more extensive periodontal treatment.

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