Looking after your Dental Health
Hygiene care that’s second to none
We believe our preventive oral hygiene advice is the most important service we provide.
Healthy gums promote healthier teeth and without healthy gums, cosmetic or dental treatments to restore your mouth’s function are not possible.
Gum disease affects 80% of adults and more than half of all teenagers. It’s the biggest cause of tooth loss and is linked to heart disease, premature births, diabetes, lung disease and strokes. But with the right care and attention, the risks can be controlled.
“I Really Love It And Couldn't Be More Pleased”
“I heard about Glendair through a friend and joined the practice in 2010. I had frequent toothache and a gap had started to appear between my front teeth. My dentist was fabulous. He diagnosed the problem and offered me several solutions. We chatted them through and I chose to have a white filling on my front tooth. As you can see, it looks fabulous, I really love it and couldn’t be more pleased.
Fran is my hygienist and visiting her was my first experience of visiting a hygienist. I have seen her twice, once for a deep clean, and I am delighted that my gum scores have reduced as a result of Fran’s work and the regime she taught me to do at home. I am on a maintenance plan now, which is great. I used to think a hygienist was for ‘as and when’ but I would definitely see one regularly now. My teeth feel so clean when I have visited Fran.
The staff are brilliant – absolutely fantastic. Ruth is the first port of call as the receptionist and nothing is too much trouble for her.
What I like most is they don’t push treatments on you. I asked for whitening so my dentist took a shade test. He showed me the results and suggested my teeth were white enough. Brilliant! I couldn’t be more happy.”
Healthy teeth for life in Alfreton
During your hygiene appointment we allow plenty of time to undertake a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. After a session with our hygiene team you will feel and see a real difference in your teeth.
Our hygiene team will:
- Prevent and manage gum disease
- Deep clean your teeth and gums
- Relieve bad breath and bad tastes
- Provide you with a ‘healthy gum score’ at each appointment
- Advise on brushing and flossing techniques
- Recommend interdental products that are right for your mouth
- Provide tailored diet, lifestyle and smoking cessation advice
- Offer special care for people with illnesses such as diabetes & cancer
- Carry out whitening and air polishing treatments
Some questions you may have…
What kind of training do hygienists have?
Much of a dental hygienist’s and hygiene therapist’s training is alongside and to the same standard as a dentist. Like dentists, dental therapists strictly adhere to the GDC’s standards of dental care.
Does hygiene therapy hurt?
Our hygienists and hygiene therapists are incredibly gentle and will do their utmost to ensure that your treatment doesn’t hurt. If necessary they can apply topical anaesthetic to help numb sensitive areas.
If your teeth have not been thoroughly cleaned before, there may be some discomfort but regular visits with us means hygiene experience becomes more positive.
What treatments can hygienist therapists carry out?
Dental therapists are amply qualified to carry out a range of routine dental procedures as well as dental hygiene therapy, such as mouth cancer screenings, fillings, impressions, fissure sealants, fluoride treatments and extraction of milk teeth.
Didn’t I have to see a dentist before I could see a hygienist?
Yes, but that changed in 2013 when the General Dental Council decided that patients could have direct access to hygiene therapy as frequently as they wanted.