Hygienists are many here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic. They play a crucial role on the dental team.


Additionally, they are crucial in preserving oral hygiene in patients undergoing implant, orthodontic, or crown and bridge therapy, where impeccable oral cleanliness is required, as well as in individuals with a history of gum disease to prevent any relapse.


Why Is It Important To Have Healthy Gums?


  • It is important to take good care of your gums by brushing after meals and flossing daily to remove food particles between and around your teeth, and to prevent the formation of plaque on tooth surfaces.
  • If plaque is not removed, it can release toxins that irritate and inflame the gums, causing a condition called gingivitis- also known as gum disease. Bleeding gums is the initial sign of gum disease. If not treated, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, a low-grade infection of the gums that can slowly and painlessly destroy the gums and bones around your teeth.
  • Periodontal disease can lead to your teeth feeling loose, ‘drifting’ or ‘moving’ and eventually loss of teeth.


What Treatment Does The Hygienist Carry Out?


  • Oral Hygiene Instruction- Demonstration and advice on a variety of techniques, with each patient until they understand the importance and develop good oral hygiene skills of their own as it is the patient’s daily care that maintains good gums and dental health in the long term.
  • Scale and polish- This is a complete cleaning of the teeth. It includes cleaning below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. The teeth and gums may be numbed for this procedure to make it more comfortable.
  • Airflow Abrasion- A gentle way to remove staining from teeth, ideal before weddings and other big occasions.
  • Root surface debridement- The dentist will refer patients to the hygienist who require deep cleaning (root surface debridement) carried out with Local anaesthetic. This can be done through several appointments


How Long is The Appointment?


Depending on the patient’s oral hygiene level, hygiene visits are often 30 to 45 minute appointments. How frequently they need to see you will be suggested by your hygienist.


The Cost


At Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we give our patients the information and training necessary to achieve the greatest outcomes. Our dentists are highly qualified, and our prices are reasonable.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dental check-up process?

Firstly, your dentist in Smile Hub will ask you some medical questions. Existing patients may be asked to confirm any changes since their last visit. It is important that your dentist is aware of any changes to your medical history.


Oral Examination:

Your dentist will examine inside and outside your mouth including your jaw joint. Your dentist in Smile Hub will examine your teeth, your gums, tongue, cheeks, roof of your mouth and floor of your mouth. Both existing restorations such as fillings and crowns will be assessed including teeth that are unrestored. Your dentist will also examine your bite and if you wear a removable partial or complete denture this will be inspected.



Your dentist in Smile Hub will examine your gums. Your gums are as important as your teeth as they are the “support structure” for your teeth.



At frequent intervals your dentist may require x-rays as part of your dental check-up. These are small, low dosage x-ray images which help your dentist to assess your tooth/teeth structure, supporting bone and existing filling and crown restorations. Your dentist in Smile Hub may also require a large full mouth x-ray called an OPG. Please inform your dentist if you’re pregnant prior to having x-rays taken.


Teeth Cleaning:

At Smile Hub your dentist may recommend that you have your teeth cleaned during your dental visit. A simple scale and polish or airpolish procedure is important to better assess your teeth and gums. Occasionally plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth making assessment of your teeth and gums more challenging.

What happens after my dental check-up?

Once your dental exam is over a treatment plan will be discussed with you. This treatment plan is a list of dental treatments required and their associated costs. A printed copy of this treatment plan will be given to you. Advice on all aspects of your treatment is available with your dentist at all times.

When will my recall appointment be scheduled?

After your treatment is completed and if your check-up requires no intervention, your dentist will recommend the appropriate time for the next dental check-up/recall. The reception staff will have your details on file and will ensure that you are called back at the appropriate time. If you need to see us sooner than that, please contact Smile Hub Dental Clinic on 01 5253888 or Book Online Now and we will help organise this for you.

How long does a dental exam take?

The length of a dental exam depends on the patient and the dentist. Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, it usually only takes a few minutes to examine the teeth and take x-rays if they are needed. If the dentist finds anything that may need treatment during the examination, they will take their time to explain to you in detail what it is and the possible treatment options available. You can also ask the dentist any queries you may have regarding treatment. A treatment plan will then be made and given to you at the end of your appointment.

Can treatment be done on the same day as an exam?

In some cases, treatment can be done on the same day as an examination. If it is a short examination appointment and the dentist has other patients after this they may suggest coming back in for treatment. If you have just booked in for an exam but the dentist has time free after your appointment, they may be able to do the treatment there and then. In the case of an emergency appointment, we will always give extra time for emergency treatment to be completed as soon as possible.

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