Hygienist Visits

What are Dental Hygienist Visits

During a dental hygienist visit, your dentist will remove any plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) or tartar (hardened calcified deposits on the teeth) from the surfaces of your teeth. Gums will also be examined and professional dental cleaning may be performed.

Many people clean their own teeth at home, skipping this step in order to save money, but this leads to poor gum health and can cause future problems with oral health. A majority of dentists recommend these visits twice per year for best results! If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, that may be the first sign of gum disease. Tartar and plaque accumulate on teeth over time, so it can allow for dangerous bacteria to grow next to the gums. This may cause lasting damage, like cavities, or gum disease, which have an impact on your oral health.

Having your teeth cleaned by a hygienist is more thorough than if a dentist was to do it, as we offer a professional teeth cleaning service known as “scale and polish”. We also use a specialised technique to ensure tartar is removed, and then we will show you how to remove plaque yourself.

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What does a hygienist do to your teeth?

Your hygienist will inspect your mouth, teeth and gums to study if they are healthy and if there are any signs of decay or gum disease, damage to fillings, dentures and other restorations, loose or broken teeth. Afterwards, we will remove any tartar or plaque buildup since your last visit.

Then we will apply fluoride to your teeth to help strengthen the enamel and protect them against plaque. In sum, the process consists of a scale and clean, teeth whitening, a dental screening, a dental x-ray, dental flossing tooth polish, and fluoride.

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Do I need to see a hygienist?

Plaque is a layer that forms on your teeth, and it is formed by a mix of saliva, food and bacteria. Bacteria in plaque thus creates chemicals that can lead to gum disease, which in turn leads to shrinking gums, bleeding gums and even the loss of your teeth. These oral health problems can become symptomatic or require treatment, so this is the way to control them.

Your hygienist visit is essential to avoid such issues, as well as to eliminate bad breath and to get a whiter smile. The purpose of your visit is to lengthen the lifespan of your teeth, to promote good oral health and to potentially spot any concerning signs so that problems can be treated efficiently.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling is scraping plaque off the tooth with a scaler and curette to scale it away from the tooth surface and gum line. Root planing requires a deeper dive to smooth out roughness on the root surfaces, which prevents more matter from getting stuck beneath the gum line.

What is the difference between a hygienist and a periodontist

A hygienist is a type of dental healthcare professional who specialises in preventing gum disease and other oral issues by providing advice, routine scale and polishes and deep cleans. They can work under the direction of a dentist. A periodontist is a dentist first then specialises in periodontic work, that is diagnosis and treatment of periodontal/gum disease. They can plan and perform more complex treatment and even surgery to treat periodontal disease.


They perform teeth cleanings, examine and teach.


Their speciality enables them to do root canal treatments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Hygienist Visits?

It depends, but it should take between 30 to 60 minutes to receive a thorough clean. If it lasts less than 30 minutes there is a chance you will need a second session to complete the cleaning of the teeth under the gum. Your Hygienist will inform you of this during your session with her.

You ought to take good care of your teeth by applying the following advice, but that doesn’t mean your oral health isn’t at risk since a hygienist is to clean your teeth professionally with the help of tools specially designed for it.

Brush at least twice a day for two minutes, use fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, cut down on sugar, follow a balanced diet and drink enough water. Consider an electric toothbrush and a water flosser.

Moreover, they will let you know how to remove plaque yourself, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly, which can take a number of sessions with them.

– To prevent gum disease.

– To avoid bad breath.

– For a whiter smile.

– For early warning detection for more serious issues.

Of course! A clean and polish are performed to remove any superficial stains and brighten your smile. We are to provide teeth whitening treatment in order to get rid of those pesky stains.

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Hygienist Visit Process

What is the process of a hygienist visit?

A visit to our hygienist will involve a general examination and a scaling. Then we will give your teeth a shine and polish with an air polisher for the superficial stains. In the event of tooth decay, we will apply fluoride or an antibacterial gel. In addition, fissure sealants are a preventive measure that can be applied to defend your teeth against tooth decay, and such treatment will be recommended if needed. 

How Much us a Dental Hygienist Visit

Hygienist Visit Price

Treatment Price
Dental Hygiene
Scale & Polish/Cleaning
PRSI Qualified Patients
Local Anesthetic with PRSI Cleaning €30
Periodontal Cleaning with PRSI €30
Children 12yrs and under
Children 12 – 18 years €60-€80
Advanced Gum Treatments/hr
Fissure sealants

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Hygienists look at your teeth and help you maintain a healthy smile by removing plaque or tartar. In addition, they can also examine the health of your gums while cleaning them with special tools. Make sure to schedule an appointment with us today so we can help fix that problems! We want all our patients’ smiles to look their best at all times. If you need more information, please contact us at College Gate Dental Clinic. We would love to help!

Call us, email us or visit us to discuss your treatment options, we have a wide range of dental experts which you can choose from, with over 20 years of experience, you know you are in good hands.