Hygiene & gum care

Bleeding gums and other gum problems are something we take very seriously here at David Vaughan Dental Care. Hygiene therapy may reduce the risk of developing several serious medical conditions linked with gum disease. A surprising 90 per cent of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives. But with carefully considered dental care, the risks can be easily controlled.

Our high quality dental hygiene services will help to keep mouths free from tooth decay and gum disease. Hygiene therapy can also prevent and treat bad breath.

Through a combination of our skill and care, plus your own oral hygiene efforts at home, you can ensure your teeth and gums remain in tip-top condition for life. Instead of filling decayed teeth, we believe in investing time improving your oral care routine. This way all our patients can maintain a healthy, happy mouth.

Man with beautiful smile after having dental hygiene treatment
Close-up of healthy teeth after dental hygiene treatment

A sparkling, healthier smile

The main reason for an appointment with the hygienist is to give your teeth a professional clean, usually called a scale and polish. But the most important role is for showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque and your gums healthy. We'll remove deposits that build up on the teeth (tartar) and will advise you on how to prevent it reforming again. The hygienist will help you to fully understand the importance of good oral health and how it can help to prevent gum disease.

At David Vaughan Dental Care all our adult members receive two dental health checks every year, two hygiene visits and X-rays as part of their membership plan.

Our dental health check covers the following areas:

  • How you feel about your teeth in general and any concerns

  • Condition of teeth

  • Condition of any restorations

  • Monitoring of gum condition

  • Any build-up of plaque or tartar

  • Check soft tissues such as the cheeks, lips, palate and tongue for any changes

  • Tempro mandibular joint

  • Cosmetic appearance

  • X-rays where required

  • Medical conditions

  • Oral hygiene instruction.

Following a dental hygiene appointment, you can enjoy that squeaky clean, shiny feel of professionally cleaned teeth. We'll give you tips on how to clean between your teeth with 'interdental' brushes, floss or tape. If you have a bridge, denture, brace or a dental implant, you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with. At David Vaughan Dental Care we can also offer dietary advice and other information such as how to give up smoking.