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Dental Hygienist South Croydon
Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygienist in South Croydon

At Shirley Park Dental Surgery, we know that a good daily brushing and flossing routine goes a long way to maintaining a healthy mouth and gums and preventing decay and gum disease. However, we all need a little help sometimes in managing the tougher areas of plaque build-up on our teeth, and that’s what our hygienists are here for.

At your routine check-up, your dentist may recommend you see our hygienist in Croydon to have your teeth and gums professionally cleaned, but you are also welcome to book directly.

Dental Hygienist in South Croydon

What to expect from a Dental Hygienist in South Croydon?

Your hygienist will use a variety of high-quality ultrasonic cleaners and specialised scaling instruments to gently remove plaque and tartar deposits without damaging your teeth. Once clear of plaque, your teeth will be polished using a slow-speed handpiece with a soft-rubber tip.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a colourless, sticky film of bacteria which is constantly building on the teeth, hence the need for regular brushing to combat it. If left, plaque will harden into tartar – a much harder substance to remove.

What is tartar?

Tartar is a porous substance, making it easy for bacteria to get closer to the teeth, leading to decay. If tartar is not properly removed, the bacteria build-up can work its way into the gums, causing inflammation, leading to infection and potentially gum disease (periodontitis).

Twice-daily brushing and flossing are the best way to rid your teeth and gums of the daily build-up of plaque, but a hygienist has special tools and training to deep clean the teeth and remove tartar, too.