Preventative Dentistry » Dental Hygiene

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  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    I have been a patient of Soar Valley Dental Practice for sixteen years.

    As most definitely not a twice yearly check up patient but as " a complex had to have it all patient " I feel qualified in recommending the practice for their professionalism and expertise...

  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    I have been a patient at Soar Valley Dental Practice for over twenty years. During that time I have always found the dentists, dental hygienists and support staff to be friendly and helpful, with a good sense of humour and above all a very professional approach to their work.

  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    Just a short note to say how pleased I was with the four crowns you fitted last week, I was delighted with the result and very glad I took your advice. I was surprised how quickly and comfortably the time passed – definitely a good result for us both. Kind regards.

  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    I have had exceptional treatment from all the staff here. I came as a new patient and have been treated well by all concerned. I would recommend the practice to anyone.

  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    Ash is the most gentle, polite and professional dentist I have ever visited in over 40 years. The background music and bird song is very relaxing. Well done everyone!

  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    I have been coming to this dental surgery for the past twenty years. I have been very impressed with the care given by the dentists. Ash has always been very considerate and easy to talk to about problems I have had with my teeth.

Dental Hygiene

Hygienists are a vital part of the dental team. At Soar Valley Dental Practice we have two fully-qualified, experienced dental hygienists, Lydia Pantling and Fiona Murphy. Both are committed to providing the highest standards of treatment, alongside oral health education, to each and every patient.

At Soar Valley Dental Practice we believe that prevention is better than cure, and your dental hygiene appointment is a key component in improving and maintaining your dental health. Regular visits to the hygienist are essential to staying dentally fit. In most cases we recommend you visit the hygienist every six months, although some patients may need to be seen more frequently. You should always follow your dentist or hygienist’s recommendations.

Hygienists also play a vital role in combatting gum disease. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, which affects the majority of adults at some point in their life, the hygienist can provide you with help and advice to stop it becoming more serious and to prevent it recurring.

When you come in for a dental hygiene appointment, your hygienist will carry out a detailed assessment of your plaque control and your periodontal health – the health of your gums and bone support for your teeth. Any areas of concern will be highlighted and the best treatment options will be discussed with you. The hygienist will also monitor your plaque control and will remove any plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth.

At your dental hygiene appointment we will…

  • Check and amend personal details, plus check and update any medical conditions
  • Ask you how healthy YOU feel your teeth and gums have been since your last visit
  • Complete an intra-oral examination to check the health of your tongue, lips and cheeks and complete a basic periodontal examination to assess your periodontal health (if problems are discovered, a more detailed examination will be completed)
  • Record your plaque control and assess how your individual response to the accumulation of plaque bacteria – you will be shown any areas of concern
  • Remove any hard and soft deposits (including any stains)
  • Explain what plaque is and how it causes dental disease
  • Offer methods, hints and tips to help improve plaque bacterial control and hence improve periodontal health.
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