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Hygienist available at Passage House Dental Care in Bristol

JANUARY 2017: HYGIENIST APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Usually to access an appointment with Jasmine, our hygienist, you would have to be referred to the hygienist by a dentist.  It is now possible for patients at Passage House Dental Care, and people who are not patients, to access a hygienist at the practice without prior referral by a dentist – this is called ‘Direct Access’.  You can simply call, email or drop into reception and book a hygienist appointment. 

Please note, Direct Access Hygienist appointments have their own cancellation fee. Please refer to the Direct Access patient information leaflet for more information, and fill out a consent form prior to your appointment.  As our hygiene appointments are in demand, all Direct Access appointments have to paid for at the time of booking.  Cancellation fees will apply. 

Do you know why you should visit the Hygienist?

If not, we hope the information below will help you to understand the importance of your appointments.

What does the dental hygienist do in the practice?

Our hygienist's main work is to prevent and treat gum disease including professionally cleaning your teeth. This is usually called ‘scaling and polishing'. However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. If it is not brushed away properly, this hardens to form tartar (Calculus), which you cannot remove yourself. Removal of Tartar will go a long way towards preventing or slowing the progress of gum disease. They also give advice on diet and preventing dental decay. The hygienist will work alongside your dentist to give you care that is tailored to your needs.

Why is this dental treatment important?

Regular professional cleaning, combined with looking after your teeth and gums well at home, will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath, and help to maintain your general health.

What about Smoking?

Our Hygienists may suggest you give up smoking.  This will reduce staining and improve your general health. Research has also shown that smokers have more gum disease and lose more teeth than non-smokers.

Will the treatment hurt?

Scaling and polishing is usually pain free. However, if you do have any discomfort the hygienist can use anaesthetic creams, or give you some local anaesthetic.

What can I do to help the hygienist?

You can look after your teeth and gums between visits. Products that help clean inbetween your teeth, such as interdental brushes and floss are sold at reception so don’t forget to get everything you need at home whilst you are at the practice.

We recommend you follow three simple steps to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

  1. brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  3. visit your dentist regularly, as often as recommended and remember your hygienist appointments!

Cancellation fee

Our Hygienist appointments are extremely important. We have a high percentage of patients wanting appointments.  If you find out you are unable to attend, please let us know with as much time as possible so that we can give your appointment to someone else. We recommend at least two weeks notice so that we can help other patients. You will not be charged a cancellation fee unless you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment.  The cancellation fee is £10. 

Jasmine, our Hygienists look forward to seeing you soon.