Oral hygiene is an important part of dental health maintenance, and your hygienist has a crucial role in helping you maintain this. At the Windmill Dental Practice our hygienists have extensive training in spotting signs of oral disease and will do their utmost to prevent it.

Gum disease (gingivitis) is very common. Symptoms that hint at gum disease include inflamed gums, bleeding, sensitivity, receding gums and pain on brushing. It is very treatable but, given it’s the leading cause of tooth in the country, we at the Windmill Dental Practice always keep a preventative focus in mind when it comes to gum disease.

If gum disease is allowed to persist and progress over time it can eventually affect the supporting structure of the teeth which can result in pain, infections, wobbly teeth and eventually tooth loss. This is known as periodontitis: a more severe form of gum disease.

To have the best chance of preventing gum disease it is critical to visit the hygienist regularly to assist you in maintaining the health of your gums.

This is provided through regular maintenance cleaning at least twice a year, oral hygiene instruction and education.

Our hygiene appointments usually last approximately 30-45 minutes and include:

  • A detailed discussion about your current oral hygiene regime and how it could be improved
  • Comprehensive assessment of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth
  • Full clean of the gums and teeth, as well as a polish
  • Detailed oral hygiene instruction on how to maintain and look after your teeth tailored to your needs outlined in the assessment

Severe forms of gum disease can compromise the function and appearance of the teeth, creating the appearance of “black triangles” or making teeth appear longer. Through advanced regeneration techniques, we are able to cosmetically improve this sort of appearance and restore the normal appearance of the gums and teeth. We can also help reshape the gums and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

This often requires the input of a gum specialist known as a periodontist who is specifically trained in the management of gum disease and the supporting structures of the teeth. They work with the hygienist and the patient to ensure that any disease is managed. If needed, we will refer you to our periodontist of choice, Dr Yogish (Yogi) Wadher.

Teeth whitening

All of our expert hygienists are trained in teeth whitening procedures which include enlighten and ZOOM. Please see the teeth whitening page for more information.

How can I remove staining from my teeth?

Teeth stain due to the food and drink we consume and other activities such as smoking. This can result in discoloured and yellow-looking teeth. During a hygiene visit, our hygienists will remove this staining using specialised instruments, making your teeth look whiter while also providing advice on how to avoid staining in future.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below you may need to book in to see our hygienist.

Bleeding gums

This is nearly always a sign of gum disease, which is a very common but equally very treatable.

What to do

The best thing is to visit either the dentist for a routine check-up or at the very least visit the hygienist who can give the teeth and gums a clean and provide advice on how to keep them healthy.

Receding gums

Gum disease can cause the gums to recede to varying extents and this can cause the teeth to appear longer, more yellow, become more sensitive and give the appearance of “gappy” teeth or “black triangles”.

What to do

This can often be a sign of more developed or aggressive gum disease and you should seek urgent advice from one of our hygienists, dentists or specialist periodontist.

Worry not, once your gum disease is stable, we can help to improve the appearance of the receding gums. Click here for more information.

Bad Breath

This is a very common symptom and is associated with gum disease, smoking and consumption of strong-smelling foods.

What to do

Make an appointment with the dentist or hygienist to identify the cause of the problem so we can set out a plan for treatment.

Hygiene prices

Hygiene 30 mins – £73

Hygiene 45 mins – £109.50

Hygiene 1 hour – £146

(Practice Plan patients will receive a 20% discount for any additional hygiene appointments that fall outside those within their initial plan and we do offer 0% finance for treatments over £1000 to help spread the cost).