However sophisticated our treatments are and however talented our team of specialists, much of the long-term success is dependent on the care you take to look after your teeth between visits. Our aim is for those patients coming for regular check-ups not to require any treatment at all. We have a hygienist working at the practice who is essential to this ethos.
The hygienist is trained to treat and prevent gum disease and dental decay. She will thoroughly clean your teeth, remove calculus (or 'tartar') and give you advice on caring for your teeth and gums. She will also be able to advise you on how to control problems of bad breath and can work with your children to ensure that they have healthier teeth in order to avoid the need for any kind of restorative treatment in future.
The can also help prevent tooth decay by applying a 'fissure sealant' into the grooves or 'fissures' in your back teeth. This is a painless procedure that involves the hygienist etching the tooth, then applying the sealant and curing it (which essentially means making it go hard with a bright light).