Your dental hygienist provides full oral health care, focusing on the prevention and treatment of oral disease.

This can include:

  • Treating gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Scaling and polishing (cleaning teeth)
  • Applying products to teeth and gums to improve oral health
  • Teeth whitening procedures
  • Preventative oral health care and advice
  • Referrals to specialists if required

Cost
This is greatly determined by the time taken and the complexity of the service.
As a general guideline a scale and polish can range from $90-150.

Orthodontic cleaning

It can be especially difficult for young people to clean in and around braces, but good oral hygiene is possible. Melody is able to effectively clean around all componentry using modern cleaning methods and instruments. Home care is just as important, so Melody will spend time showing you how to effectively clean around the brackets and advise on what products are best suited.

Implant care

Just like natural teeth, implants need proper care and maintenance to keep them free from disease and to maintain their longevity. Here at All About Smiles we have the expertise and skills to be able to correctly clean and care for your implants and/or bridgework, and show you how you can do the same at home!

A hygienist’s main role is to prevent gum disease by professionally cleaning your teeth, a process called scaling and polishing. Melody will carefully (and painlessly) remove any build up of plaque or calculus (tartar) above and below the gum. The cleaning process is also helpful for removing surface stains from your teeth that have built up from food and drink consumed in your diet. This is a gentle procedure, however if you have particularly sensitive teeth Melody is trained and licensed to apply a numbing anaesthetic to the area to ensure you are completely comfortable throughout your appointment should you need it.  

Dental Hygienists are also experienced in preventative dental measures. Melody will be able to advise you on the best products and techniques to keep your mouth clean and healthy in-between visits. Regular dental hygiene treatment is vital to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Not only this but regular hygiene visits help maintain a healthy heart, brain and gut. Your mouth is the gateway to other body systems!

The leading cause of tooth loss in New Zealand is not from decay but gum and bone disease, also known as periodontal disease.    

Research now shows a clear link between periodontal disease and many medical conditions. In many cases serious consequences can arise in at risk patients with periodontal disease.

These include:

  • Cardiovascular disease risk, with increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • Premature birth with low birth weight babies.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes in adult diabetics.
  • Increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in elderly patients.