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Dental hygiene & therapy

Our dental hygienist, Clare, and our therapists, Michelle and Robyn, play just as important a role in supporting you to look after your teeth as our dentists do. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—which means we can help you keep your teeth for life. We are about to introduce the innovative AIRFLOW® technique as part of our highly effective dental hygiene approach.


Dental hygiene – our approach to gum disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is relatively common occurring in 10-15% of adults. However, in the wider public, it is often not diagnosed until the more advanced stages. 

As the gums are the foundation of your teeth it is critical that they remain healthy; it is a sad fact that more teeth are lost to gum disease than dental decay.  It is also essential that the gums are in the best health possible before any more advanced restorative dentistry can be carried out.

Our dental plan is ideally suited and supports our preventive ethos. Either your dentist, therapist or hygienist screen you gums for any signs of deterioration at every oral health visit. That means, if necessary, we can catch problems early to support a return to health. We offer these dental hygiene appointments as part of your membership. This is one way we help you to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Book a treat appointment with our hygienist

Whilst our core aim is to support you to keep your gums healthy, we also offer the following ‘treat’ appointments: 


Ideal: if you would like an additional hygiene appointment.

Includes: gum assessment, preventive oral advice, full mouth ultrasonic debride and polish

Length: 20-minute appointment

Stain removal plus

Ideal: for stubborn staining including smokers’ teeth staining. Also a great way to kick-start teeth whitening.

Includes: gum assessment, preventive oral advice and a full mouth Airflow air polish

Length: 30-minute appointment

The whole shebang

Ideal: for people who have heavy build-up of tartar and heavy staining – leaves your mouth and teeth feeling beautifully clean.

Includes: gum assessment, preventive oral advice, full mouth Cavitron debride and a full mouth Airflow air polish

Length: 40-minute appointment

Dental therapy

Our dental therapists, Robyn and Michelle, both have enhanced knowledge and training.

As well as providing hygienist treatments alongside Clare, they also carry out many of the same treatments as dentists.

All of these treatments are carried out at our Scottish Borders dentist clinic.

These include:

  • providing preventive oral care to reduce the risk of disease
  • smoking cessation advice
  • carrying out oral cancer screening
  • prescribing and recording radiographs (x-rays),
  • photographs
  • recording impressions for whitening trays and mouth guards
  • children’s dentistry including fissure sealants, children’s crowns, fillings and extractions
  • working with your dentist during the tooth whitening process
  • routine fillings on adult teeth
  • care of implants
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