Hygiene Services

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK and can be hard to detect. Disease is often insidious, progressing with little or no symptoms. Regular examinations are vital for detection and treatment planning appropriate interventions. Once stabilised, it is essential you follow a tailormade maintenance programme to maintain oral health.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK. This is partly because the symptoms can be hard to spot and can be ignored until the condition reaches a point where it can’t be cured. However, the early stages of gum disease can be treated and arrested with appropriate treatment with our dentists, therapists and hygienists.

Bacteria is attracted to plaque and tartar, so when tartar accumulates around the gum line, the bacteria causes the gum tissue to become inflamed when these tissues become under attack. Affected gums can appear red, irritated and bleed when you brush your teeth. If your gums bleed, it is one of the first signs of gum disease. We would advise you to contact us for an appointment with your hygienist as you can now book a direct access hygiene appointment without seeing the dentist first. You can do this by contacting our reception team who will arrange an appointment at your convenience.

The importance of good dental hygiene

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Prevent Tooth Decay

A low sugar diet and good dental hygiene play a crucial role in preventing tooth decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste helps remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Additionally, regular flossing helps clean between the teeth and along the gum line, reducing the risk of decay in hard-to-reach areas. By practicing proper dental hygiene, you can maintain strong, healthy teeth and avoid the pain and expense associated with tooth decay.

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Promote Gum Health

Maintaining good dental hygiene is essential for promoting gum health. Regular brushing, flossing and the use of interdental brushes help remove plaque and bacteria that can accumulate along the gum line, preventing gum disease. By keeping your gums clean and healthy, you reduce the risk of gum inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession. Healthy gums provide a strong foundation for your teeth, ensuring their stability and longevity.

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Enhance Overall Well-being

Good dental hygiene not only contributes to oral health but also has a positive impact on your overall well-being. Oral health issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay, have been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. By taking care of your teeth and gums through regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, you promote a healthier body and reduce the risk of developing associated health problems. Prioritizing dental hygiene is an investment in your overall well-being and quality of life.

What does a hygienist do?

Hygienists play a vital role in prevention and treatment of gum disease promoting good oral hygiene. During a hygiene appointment, they assess the health of your gums and teeth, checking for signs of swelling, inflammation, and bleeding. Measurements may be taken to evaluate gum attachment, and soft tissues checked for oral cancer signs.

A key responsibility of the hygienist is performing a thorough ‘scale and polish,’ and where appropriate, root surface debridement (a deep clean) removing plaque and tartar buildup. This process smooths the tooth surface, making it easier to maintain cleanliness and reduce plaque accumulation. The cleaning often concludes with a polish, leaving teeth shiny and smooth.

In addition, hygienists provide valuable hygiene advice, demonstrating effective toothbrushing, interdental brushes, and floss techniques. Regular visits to the hygienist help in maintaining a healthy mouth.

If you wish, you can now book in directly with one of our hygienists, without seeing a dentist first.

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Meet Our Hygienist Dental Team

Yamini Tanoj
Dental HygienistGDC No: 282195

I help in educating patients about their oral health and the aids that help them to achieve the best results....

Sally Hooper
Dental HygienistGDC No: 4717
Dip DH (Cardiff University, 1994)

I'm passionate and motivated in helping patients with their dental health. Encouraging them their use of daily toothbrushing and interdental cleaning....

Farzana Akhter
Dental HygienistGDC No: 295655

I spend a lot of time with patients, to educate and encourage them to maintain excellent periodontal health....

Charlotte Walsh
Hygienist GDC No: 275819
BSc (Hons), (University of Portsmouth, 2023)

Charlotte qualified from the University of Portsmouth in 2023 with a BSc in Dental Hygiene. Before studying Dental Hygiene, Charlotte worked as a dental nurse and has over eight years experience in many different aspects of dentistry. Charlotte enjoys helping anxious patients, making them feel more comfortable throughout their appointment. In her spare time Charlotte […]...

Cheryl James
Dental HygienistGDC No: 6740
Dip DH (Cardiff University, 2005)

I enjoy my role helping patients to maintain their teeth for life....

Patient Reviews

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The suresmile process was easier than I thought it would be .......The best part is the outcome, and the compliments I always get from people about my teeth

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What are the current NHS fees?

There are four NHS charge bands. From April 2024 to March 2025, the costs are as follows:

Band 1: £20.00

This includes an examination, diagnosis, preventive care
and planning for further treatment.

Band 2: £60.00

This includes all necessary treatment covered by the £20.00
charge PLUS additional treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment and extractions.

Band 3: £260.00

This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by
the £20.00 and £60.00 charges PLUS crowns, dentures and bridges.

Urgent treatment visit: £30.00

Patients not requiring a full course of treatment but instead
receiving urgent care will pay a standalone charge of £30.00.
If necessary, it will include X-rays and any treatment necessary
to prevent significant deterioration of the presenting condition or to address severe pain.

NHS Treatment Fees

Post-treatment care

Gentle massage of the treated skin is beneficial. However, you should not touch the area for at least six hours following treatment. The correct massage techniques will be demonstrated during your consultation.

Are Dental Implants suitable for everyone?

While Dental Implants are a highly effective tooth replacement option for the majority of people, not everyone may be a suitable candidate. Factors such as overall oral health, bone density, and medical history need to be assessed to determine the feasibility of a Dental Implant treatment. Where bone is inadequate, you may need augmentation of the site either during or prior to implant placement. Your Implantologist will evaluate your case and discuss viable solutions..

Is laser treatment painful?

Patients experience minimal to no discomfort either during or after the procedure. Most laser applications use little, or in some cases no anaesthetic and avoid the use of traditional dental drills and instruments.

What is PRP treatment?

Platelet-rich (PRP) injections are a treatments used in the medical field, commonly to help heal an injury. These are derived on your own blood, and are being used more and more to treat sporting injuries and help wounds heal after surgery. Some doctors and dentists use it in facial cosmetic procedures. In the world of dental implants it is used with sinus augmentation procedures, at extraction sites and with bone augmentation procedures. It is also becoming very popular in periodontal disease treatments, particularly in the regenerative procedures.

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Is there on-site parking at your practices?

The Llanthewy Road practice has some on site patient parking.

All of our other practices have ample parking facilities nearby.

Is root canal treatment always successful?

With all procedures there is a possibility that it may not work. This applies to root canal treatment as well as any other treatment. There are a variety of reasons why it may not work. some of these reasons include but are not limited to:

Failure to adequately disinfect, leaving bacteria in the canal system, resulting in recurrence of infection.

Failure to instrument all the canal system.  In some teeth the root canals can be incredibly small (often as small as one tenth of a millimetre across or even smaller). Dentists who carry out a lot of root canals usually utilise high powered magnification to help them find and treat such small canals.

Failure to fill and seal the root canals adequately, allowing bacteria from the mouth to reinvade the root canal system and set up infection again.

Inappropriate instrumentation technique that does not allow for adequate disinfection and sealing of the root canals.

Severe fracture of the tooth leaving remnants that cannot be fixed again.

If the dentist feels there is a significant risk of treatment failure, possible causes will be discussed, so you can make an
informed decision regarding treatment.

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