Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry can benefit anyone, because conditions such as denture stomatitis and mouth cancer can be spotted during regular visits to the dental team and treated accordingly. It is particularly great for children and young people too, but the main point to consider is that it is never too late to start.

Preventative Dental Care & Hygienist

Preventative Dental Care is the best way of helping our patients keep their teeth and mouth healthy, meaning you will require less dental treatment. The two main causes of tooth loss are gum disease and decay. The more you manage these two problems, the higher the chance you have of keeping your teeth for life. When our dental team and patients work together, this helps to prevent the need for treatment – particularly fillings and extractions. Your dental team will recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good shape and then work out a ‘maintenance plan’ to help keep your teeth at a high standard.


There are hundreds of different types of bacteria that occupy the space between your teeth and gums as well as throughout your mouth. Disrupting the bacteria every three to six months with a professional clean will prevent the acids, gases and toxins bugs from being produced,  which ultimately causes damage to your gums and jaw bone.

At Surrey Dental Practice, our Dental Hygienist is a highly trained, licensed oral healthcare professional. Her objective is to help patients maintain good oral hygiene and with her experience is able to spot the early warning signs of gum disease and oral cancer. She will also help create a bespoke oral healthcare programme for you as well as give you advice about diet and lifestyle.

We recommend all adults to visit our hygienist regularly to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The recommended frequency of visits will vary from patient to patient, depending upon the risk of dental disease.

If you have had gum disease in the past or are suffering from it now, then it is recommended to have more frequent and longer hygienist appointments.

During your appointment, our hygienist will carry out the following:

  • Make personalised recommendations on cleaning techniques and give individual feedback on how and where to clean better.
  • Scale your teeth to remove the build-up of hardened tartar or plaque which cannot be removed just with home toothbrushing.
  • Thoroughly clean build-ups of soft plaque from areas in-between and around your teeth that you cannot access or see.
  • Polish your teeth to eradicate surface stains.

Airflow tooth polishing

For any of our patients with stubborn stains on their teeth, then our Hygienist can use a form of tooth polishing called Airflow tooth polishing. It is a new pioneering method of dental cleaning that successfully attacks the persistent staining that lingers as a result of our food and drink, leaving the mouth feeling amazingly fresher and cleaner.

Airflow combines air, sodium bicarbonate and a jet of water and produces exceptional results without risking any damage to your teeth as well as combating discolouration all in one go!
The powerful jet is one up from the standard Scale and Polish session as it combines the power of a thorough clean with a cosmetic feel! The Airflow can successfully blast those persistent stains allowing the whiter, natural and brighter enamel to re-emerge, producing the dental refresh you are looking for.


Due to Periodontal or gum disease being a chronic condition, our hygienist may recommend doing PerioChip treatment. This is considered to be an effective treatment for Gum Disease and is a second-line treatment in the care and maintenance of Periodontal Disease. It is used as a non-antibiotic adjunct treatment to reduce pocket depth in adults with periodontitis, which is released slowly over a period of 7 days.

A PerioChip® is a small thin unique biodegradable wafer that our hygienist inserts under the gums in those areas where gum pockets are greater than 5 mm after scaling and root planing (SRP).


The Hygienist may recommend additional treatments at three and six months after initial treatment, in pockets with a remaining PD of ≥5 mm. Once in place, the PerioChip® dissolves naturally with no need to remove it.

Patients will be advised to avoid flossing at the site of PerioChip® insertion for 10 days after placement, as flossing could dislodge the chip. Patients should promptly notify their hygienist or dentist if the chip dislodges.

Contact Surrey Dental Practice on 01483 506277 and book your Hygienist appointment today!
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