Hygiene Services

Good oral hygiene is vital to your general health and appearance. Here at Christchurch Dental, we believe prevention is better than cure and want you to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for life.

Our experienced hygienists work hard to build solid relationships with our clients and will formulate a hygiene programme tailored specifically for you.

Our hygienists offer expert advice on the methods and products best suited to ensure your teeth are really clean (especially those hard to reach areas) and your breath fresh, as well as monitoring your baseline hygiene and gum status.

By investing time in you and giving you useful feedback, we will help you achieve a happy, healthy smile.

Direct Hygiene Access

Direct access to see a dental hygienist allows you to schedule and receive dental hygiene services without first seeing our dentist. This enhances our patient’s accessibility, prevents oral care problems, and promotes proactive dental health management.

We offer direct access hygiene appointments to empower our patients in order to take control of their oral health and seek timely hygiene services when needed.

It enables individuals to address concerns such as routine cleanings, plaque and tartar removal, and oral hygiene education directly with a qualified dental hygienist. We will teach you how to use dental hygiene equipment such as interdental brushes, flossing techniques and can offer advice on diet and lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to see a dental hygienist?

The cost of seeing a dental hygienist varies depending on the specific services needed. Our dental hygiene appointments are £89.50 for 30 minutes.

Can you see a hygienist without seeing a dentist?

Yes, in many cases, you can see a dental hygienist without seeing a dentist first. This is known as direct access hygiene. We are pleased to offer direct hygiene appointments at our practice in Ipswich.

What is direct access hygiene?

Direct access hygiene refers to the ability of patients to directly schedule and receive dental hygiene services without a prior examination by a dentist. This approach aims to improve access to preventive dental care.

How many times should you see a dental hygienist?

The frequency of dental hygiene visits depends on individual oral health needs. For most people, seeing a dental hygienist every six months is recommended for routine cleanings and check-ups. However, your dentist or hygienist may suggest more frequent visits if you have specific oral health concerns.

Does a hygienist get rid of stains?

Yes, dental hygienists are trained to remove surface stains from teeth during a cleaning appointment using professional tools and techniques.

Does a hygienist make your teeth whiter?

While dental hygienists can remove surface stains, they do not typically perform teeth whitening procedures. However, maintaining good oral hygiene practices recommended by your hygienist can contribute to brighter teeth over time.

How long does a hygienist clean take?

The duration of a dental hygiene cleaning appointment can vary depending on factors such as the individual's oral health, the extent of cleaning needed, and whether additional procedures are required. On average, a dental cleaning appointment may last between 30 minutes to an hour.

Do hygienists clean under gums?

Yes, dental hygienists are trained to clean both above and below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar buildup, which helps prevent gum disease and maintain overall oral health.

How can I clean my teeth at home like a dentist?

To clean your teeth at home like a dentist, it's essential to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between teeth, and use mouthwash as directed by your dentist or hygienist. Additionally, consider using interdental brushes or water flossers for extra cleaning between teeth and along the gumline.

What does a hygienist clean involve?

A dental hygiene cleaning typically involves several steps, including a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, removal of plaque and tartar buildup through scaling, polishing to remove surface stains, and sometimes application of fluoride treatment for added protection against cavities. Your dental hygienist may also provide personalised oral hygiene instructions and recommendations for maintaining good oral health between visits.