Dental hygiene services at Basingtoke Orthodontics in Hampshire

Dental Hygiene

Plaque contains bacteria which leads to inflammation of the gums and is one of the factors that cause tooth decay. Gum inflammation can lead to gingivitis and gum disease, and over a long period may result in premature tooth loss and also bad breath. With fixed braces on, there are even more surfaces to clean to make sure the plaque is removed. Plaque accumulation combined with frequent sugar intake leads to tooth decay and holes in teeth needing fillings.


Hygienists are perfectly placed to spend time helping everyone in the family make sure they are cleaning their teeth effectively and keeping their risk factors for decay, gum disease and mouth cancer as low as achievable.

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Air Flow/Air Polishing

We offer air polishing treatment which is used to gently clean underneath the gum line and around orthodontic wires/brackets, implants, crowns, bridges and conventional fillings. It is pain-free, removes persistent stains on your teeth, plaque and other tooth discolouration using a combination jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles. It is a gentle procedure that greatly reduces discomfort to those suffering from sensitive teeth and gums and is also ideal for treating children. Despite being so gentle air polishing can remove some of the worst staining from teeth, such as stains caused by drinking coffee, tea, red wine, smoking and using chlorhexidine mouthwashes.

Scale & Polish

Dental Hygienists diagnose and treat gum disease. A hygienist appointment is a professional teeth clean where plaque and calculus is removed from the teeth (this is also know as a scale and polish). They clean around the gum-line with an ultrasonic scaler. The scaler uses a combination of water and vibrations to gently wash away debris. A dental nurse will remove the water with an aspirator. If the ultrasonic cleaner is not suitable, hand scalers will be used. The dental hygienist will give each patient a tailored cleaning approach to make sure the individual receives the correct care for their current oral health status.

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