loader image

Helps prevent gum disease

Prevention is less painful than cure

If you’ve been worried about tooth staining, inflamed gums, or bad breath, why not a book a hygienist appointment? Our hygienist will assess the situation and either help resolve any problems you have, or advise you of a treatment plan that will restore your teeth and gums to health.

When you attend a hygiene visit, our professional hygienist will perform an examination of your mouth to ensure you don’t have any dental issues that need to be resolved urgently. Then they’ll remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will instruct you on oral hygiene techniques to aid your tooth-cleaning.

Book appointment

The benefits of Hygienist

With Southcot Dental

Essentially, the role of the hygienist is to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. The preventative measures used by hygienist mean you’re more likely to avoid serious dental issues later on. Regular hygiene appointments may help prevent future cavities, or gum issues.

  • May detect serious oral issues
  • Helps prevent gum disease
  • Helps keep your teeth healthy
  • Helps resolve bad breath issues
  • Oral health check
  • Helps protect teeth

Frequently Asked Questions

Your hygiene questions answered

  • Why are hygiene appointments important?

    A huge percentage of the British public will experience tooth decay or gum disease at some point. Both of these conditions may have serious consequences for your general health if left untreated. Your hygienist will search for signs of oral irritation and tooth decay. This is because it’s important to resolve serious dental problems before they reach an advanced stage, if at all possible.

  • Do hygienists treat gum disease?

    Hygienists can detect and help you resolve gum disease in its early stages. For more advanced gum disease, you will need to make an appointment with a periodontist. (gum specialist)

  • How do hygienists clean your teeth?

    Typically during a hygiene appointment a scale and polish treatment is performed. The scaling process removes plaque and tartar from the tooth surface, while the polishing makes your teeth brighter.

  • Can a hygienist get rid of tooth staining?

    It may be possible to remove light stains during your appointment, but the best thing to do is speak to your hygienist about which stain removal treatments can help you.

  • Will a scale and polish treatment hurt?

    No. You may experience a tickling feeling, or a scraping sensation on the gums, but it’s not painful. If you’re worried about how it will feel, numbing gel can be used beforehand.

  • How long is a hygienist appointment?

    Hygienist appointment times may vary according to the work that needs to be done.

Your patient journey


At the beginning of your hygienist appointment, you’ll have a brief consultation about what’s going to happen. This is your chance to ask any questions, as well as signal any existing dental issues or symptoms you may have. They will also go through your oral hygiene regime to ensure you are effectively cleaning your teeth.


As long as no serious dental issues are detected, the treatment will consist of a scale and polish procedure. Afterwards your teeth should look and feel cleaner, and brighter.


Following treatment you’ll be given advice on how to maintain healthy teeth, as well as when to book your next hygiene appointment. These types of routine checkups are crucial in helping to prolong the life of your natural teeth, and keep you free from serious dental problems.

Make An Enquiry

Fill in the form below or call 01732 843560

    Please send me information about offers and other promotional materials

    All emails include an unsubscribe link. You may opt-out at any time. See our privacy policy

    Helpful & Understanding!

    Really friendly reception staff, amazing hygienist who always makes my teeth look so white.


    Jump to the top