It’s no longer necessary to be referred to a hygienist through a dentist.
With Direct Access hygiene appointments, you can refer yourself directly to the hygienist. You just need to get in touch with our reception team to make an appointment.
Why are hygiene appointments important?
Hygienists are skilled clinicians, trained in assessing, tracking and treating gum disease. During a hygiene appointment, you’ll receive a thorough clean that removes plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth. Plaque build-ups near the gum line cause the gum tissue to become inflamed, leading to the early stage of gum disease. Removing the plaque thus removes the bacteria, leaving your gum tissue free from potential infection.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK which is why hygiene appointments are now available directly. Prevention is always better than intervention.
What do hygiene appointments involve?
Your hygienist will first assess the condition of your periodontal tissues and look for any signs of gum disease. They will then carry out a ‘scale & polish’ which involves scaling away stubborn areas of tartar from the tooth. They will then polish the teeth using a special gritty paste, leaving your teeth silky and smooth.
Restrictions with Direct Access
Direct Access hygiene appointments only cover what you would expect from a normal hygiene appointment. Any other treatment that requires a dentist or facial aesthetics clinician will need to be arranged at a separate appointment. This includes treatments such as dental examinations, cosmetic treatments, botox, and more extensive scaling that may require local anaesthetic.