Hygiene Maintenance

Our dental hygienists are registered dental professionals who will take care of your oral health through routine dental cleans, oral health education and will formulate a maintenance program dependent on your individual needs.

Maintaining good oral health is critical for the prevention of gum disease and the longevity of your teeth, implants and restorations.

Our hygienists are well trained and experienced in the maintenance of dental implant restorations, and will provide personalized patient education for home care.

Our dental hygienists will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth, implants  and gums, assess the gum health and determine the appropriate course of treatment and recall interval. Radiographs are taken as required as part of your maintenance program to aid in diagnosis and identify changes in the bone levels between the teeth  and around implants, as well as detect areas of breakdown (decay) between the teeth and under existing restorations. A thorough scale and polish is carried out and, if necessary, more intensive ‘root planing’ will be undertaken if periodontal disease is identified. Oral hygiene instructions will also be given where modification of brushing and flossing techniques are required and if necessary our hygienists can recommend additional hygiene aids and products to suit your individual needs. Our hygienists can also place preventative fissure sealants where there are deep grooves in the biting surfaces of the premolar and molar teeth. This is a proven technique to reduce the risk of decay*. Fluoride and other remineralizing agents are not carried out for every patient, but advised on an individual basis after assessment of your dental needs.

Recall intervals are determined and modified as required in order to help you maintain optimal oral health. Recall intervals are usually three, six or twelve months.

*Simonsen, R. and Neal, R. (2011), A review of the clinical application and performance of pit and fissure sealants. Australian Dental Journal, 56: 45–58.