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  20 North Bridge Street, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 9QW

Dental Hygiene

A visit to Hazel our Premier Hygienist for periodontal therapy for new visitors will be a very different experience to the routine hurried 15 minute scale & polish appointment so often experienced elsewhere.

Since our objective is your ultimate healthiest possible mouth, we want your journey there to be as pleasant as possible.
The basis of all improved oral health is knowledge. Once causes of gum disease and tooth decay are understood, remedy and prevention are probable, but this requires ‘time’.

We feel you deserve time spent with you helping you achieve your own oral health, endless quick ‘scale & polishes’ merely address the symptoms, not treat and prevent the actual causes of gum disease.

We want your visit to us to be as comfortable as possible and that is why at Teviot Dental, you will always be given time; this allows us work with you at a level you are comfortable with.

Your appointment time with Hazel will be 45 minutes. This gives time to discuss your treatment, why it is necessary, and most importantly, how we can prevent future treatment. Routine appointment times such as these are rarely seen outside Harley Street!

Hazel is very proud of our relaxed atmosphere in our surgery. While fully complying with the highest clinical standards, the surgery has a more relaxed ambiance, more akin to a spa treatment room than a dentist’s surgery. No more smell of antiseptic cloves and disinfectant, more aromotherapy and candles, and replacing the old sounds of the dental surgery, is music. Indeed, you are welcome to bring your own music in the format of an iplayer.

You no longer need to be registered to a dental practice to see Hazel. To make an appointment simply fill in the form on this page and select Hazel. Hazel will get back to you as soon as she can.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth. With the dentist, the hygienist and the patient all working together the aim is to prevent the need for further treatment. This avoids the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions. It is likely that the dentist will work out a course of treatment to get your mouth into excellent condition, and then give you a plan to help you keep it that way.

Is prevention possible?

Yes. With modern dentistry and constant new developments it is possible to prevent or considerably reduce dental disease.

What does preventive dentistry really do?

It helps you to keep your teeth. The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.

Can everybody benefit from preventive dentistry?

Yes. Preventive dentistry will benefit anyone with some of their own teeth. It is excellent for children and young people, but it is never too late to start.

What is involved?

Your dentist will first assess your teeth and gums, and discuss with you any treatment you need. The main aim is to help you to get your mouth really healthy so that any dental problems do not come back. In a healthy mouth it is unlikely that decay or gum disease will continue to be a problem.

Your dentist will make sure that all your fillings are in good repair and there are no rough edges to make cleaning difficult. The hygienist will thoroughly ‘scale and polish’ your teeth. The hygienist will show you the best ways to brush and floss to remove the bacterial ‘plaque’ which forms constantly on your teeth and gums. You will be advised which is the ideal brush for you to use, very probably one with a small head. The hygienist will probably discuss diet with you and will also explain the importance of cleaning between your teeth.

What is plaque?

Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria which forms constantly on the teeth and gums. When you eat or drink something sugary, the plaque turns the sugar into acid which will cause tooth decay. Plaque will also cause gum inflammation if it is not regularly and thoroughly removed. The hard tartar (or ‘calculus’) which builds up on the teeth also starts off as plaque.

How can diet affect my teeth?

Food and drinks containing sugar cause decay. Having sweet things less often will help a lot. Foods such as cheese, fruit, nuts and vegetables make good substitutes.

What can the dentist and hygienist do to help prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride helps teeth resist decay. If your dentist thinks added fluoride would be useful they may recommend a fluoride gel. They may also suggest fluoride rinses, tablets or drops as an extra help against decay for use at home. Only use these if you have been advised to and follow the instructions carefully.

The biting surfaces of children’s teeth can be protected by ‘sealants’. These make the tooth surface smoother and easier to clean, and stop decay starting in the difficult-to-clean areas.

What can I do at home?

The process of getting your mouth healthy doesn’t stop. It is very important that you keep up a good routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy at home. This means brushing and flossing as you have been shown, and being careful to check how often you have foods or drinks that will encourage decay.

It is important to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. There are now many specialised toothpastes including tartar control ones for sensitive teeth and total care toothpastes. Mouthwashes can help, and again, there are many different types available. Look for products carrying the BDHF logo which means that the claims made by the manufacturer have been independently checked and are clinically proven. You will also need regular sessions with your dentist or hygienist to check on the improvement and give you any help and encouragement. Having a healthy mouth does not happen straight away. It may take several months, and will need continual care to keep it that way in the future.

What will my dentist recommend:

A ‘preventive dentist’ will often recommend treatment to reinforce a tooth to make sure that it does not break. For example, if the dentist sees that a tooth is cracked, or is weak and in danger or breaking, they may suggest a new filling or perhaps a crown or ‘onlay’ to protect it. This is always better than waiting till the tooth breaks, and then working out how best to deal with it, perhaps as an emergency.

With the right partnership between patient, dentist and hygienist, preventive dentistry can change the traditional pattern of continuing dental health.

Summary

To have a healthy mouth and teeth you need:

  • to remove all plaque every day
  • good eating habits- be aware of the danger of having sweet foods often
  • regular visits to the dentist to check the condition of your teeth and gums
  • General Dentistry

    The modern dental practice is customer-focused. That means it offers a welcoming, relaxing environment that puts its customers – not patients – at ease.

  • Restorative Dentistry

    Restorative dentistry is the study, examination and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and their supporting structures.

  • Dental Implants

    If you have a missing tooth or loose ill-fitting dentures then dental implants could provide you with a viable and permanent solution to the personal and practical issues that this can cause.

  • Tooth Alignment

    Before placing braces on your teeth you will need a check-up for decay or gum problems. Do visit your dentist or the School Dental Clinic regularly, even when you are on braces.

  • Visit our Hygienist

    Our Hygienist Perio Therapy treatment aims to help you achieve your own healthiest possible oral health. This is done by helping you understand the processes of Dental disease, especially gum disease which still accounts for 3 out of 4 teeth ultimately lost. Your teeth will be cleaned using thorough but gentle techniques leaving your mouth clean and potentiality healthier.

  • Wrinkle Reduction

    I believe in a holistic rejuvenation approach to treatments and tend to aim towards subtle results that make you look younger and fresher rather than a fake and over filled appearance.
    - Dr. Med. Dent. Christiane Wassmuth-Gibbs

  • Tooth Whitening

    Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means.

  • Meet Our Team

    We have a wonderful team here at Teviot Dental, please click on the link below to find out more about them.

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