Hygienist Services

At Keith Nelson dental our experienced Oral Health Therapists and Dental Hygienists can help you to keep your smile and oral health in great shape. They are trained in preventative oral health measures, and work to ensure that your teeth and gums are kept clean and healthy. Regular visits to our Dental Hygienists are the most cost-effective way of looking after your teeth and gums.

Dental Hygiene Appointments

Our dental hygiene appointments will begin with a full examination of your mouth which includes base charting pocketing and bleeding. This way we can thoroughly assess your oral health.

Our dental hygienists remove bacteria harbouring plaque and calculus from around your teeth and gums using special ultrasonic instruments. It is a gentle process sometimes referred to as ‘professional cleaning’. The ultrasonic can also help in removing stains from teeth for a whiter smile. If your teeth are particularly sensitive, or there are some deeper areas which require attention, we can apply a local anaesthetic or to numb the areas to keep you comfortable and pain-free. If you feel anxious whilst having your teeth and gums meticulously cleaned …Nitrous gas can be administered to help ease any tension you may be experiencing Laughing gas (as it is commonly known as), is often used by our hygienists to help with any anxiety you may feel whilst having a full periodontal clean to make the entire tooth cleaning experience enjoyable and relaxed.

Our therapists will also advise you on all of the ways you can keep your smile healthy at home in-between your dental hygiene appointments.

They will advise on:

  • How, when and for how long to correctly brush your teeth
  • Which type of toothbrush you should be using
  • How to floss correctly, and how often you should be flossing
  • Any signs which may be a cause for concern
  • Types of food and drink which might impact on keeping your teeth white and free from tooth decay
  • Adjunct products which you may benefit from to improve gum /teeth health
  • For maintaining a clean, healthy smile we recommend a Dental Hygienist appointment twice per year.
  • When periodontal disease when diagnosed can be treated by our dental therapists by doing scaling and root planning.

Plaque and tartar are the cause and accumulates around the teeth It is removed using different instruments, returning the gums to a healthy state, free of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Plaque and tartar are the cause and accumulates around the teeth It is removed using different instruments, returning the gums to a healthy state, free of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

The Evolution of Periodontitis:

Our hygienists / therapists will show you how to help improve your oral hygiene and what adjuncts can be used to help with home tooth and gum care. They will advise on techniques to properly clean a bridge or a fixed prosthesis over natural teeth or implants or indeed the natural dentition, They will clean and give you the best advice personalised to your needs to eliminate the remains of any plaque or tarter that has built up in your mouth to ensure healthy periodontal tissue.

What Is the Right Way to Brush?

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that’s right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too

Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline. Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Oral Hygiene Techniques advised by Keith Nelson Dental

Flossing Around Implants and Bridges

Correct Toothbrushing Techniques

Teeth Whitening

If you would like your teeth whitened to a greater degree you may like to have your teeth whitened professionally. Our Dental Hygienists are experienced professionals with teeth whitening processes using the latest gels and laser lights.

Teeth whitening is a dental aesthetic procedure used to try to recover the natural colour of the teeth. To perform an external tooth whitening, you can either complete:

  1. Professional whitening with special gels and lights under the strict supervision by one of our trained professional therapists.
  2. Take home a high end whitening kit with custom made aligners made by one of our hygienist/therapist. The therapist /hygienist will take a mold of the mouth. From these moulds a transparent splint of soft acrylic is made in the shape of horseshoe that has engraved the fingerprints of the teeth to adapt perfectly to them. This serves as a vehicle to apply a specialised whitening gel to the teeth. This bleaching product can have different compositions depending on the degree of tooth whitening needed to achieve.

Ask your therapist which process would be best suited for you.

In House Professional Grade Whitening Systems Used at Keith Nelson Dental

Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discolouration of enamel and dentin. … The Zoom in-office tooth whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp – said to accelerate the bleaching process – to activate the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening. For more information on this procedure visit the website.  Zoom is the gold standard in professional tooth whitening getting tooth shade down up to 7 shades lighter.

Opal Boost in-office power whitener is a chemically activated gel that provides brighter, whiter teeth after about an hour in the dental chair. The powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is chemically activated. A great way to maintain tooth whitening.

NZDA Information

Tooth Whitening    |    NZDA Approved Products 

Opening Hours

Mon – Thurs 7.30 – 6.00pm
Fri 7.30 – 5.00pm
Sat 8.30 – 1.30pm

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