Hygiene Therapy

At the heart of everything we provide here at The Exeter Dental Centre, is dental hygiene. We can’t build our fantastic tooth restorations on poor foundations!

Good oral hygiene is proven to be one of the most important ways of preventing long term dental problems. By keeping your mouth healthy you can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and reap all the benefits of better wellbeing. As part of our outstanding dental team, all our hygienists work hand in hand with our dentists offering expert advice and support to all our patients.

We are privileged to work with Devon’s only periodontal (gum) specialist Hilary Cooke

Talk to our friendly reception team, we would be delighted to help 01392 272350

Our Recommendations

We recommend that your teeth are cleaned professionally by our hygienists at least twice a year. This includes tooth scaling to remove plaque, tooth polishing and removal of tartar to prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease.

Our skilled hygienists will carefully and gently treat your gums, removing active disease. They will demonstrate the best techniques for your home oral hygiene regime and motivate you.

Their work is essential for the dentists to be able to build on sound foundations:

  • Gum disease
  • Scaling and polishing and stain removal
  • General oral health
  • Diet advice and decay prevention
  • Brushing technique
  • Manage bad breath
  • Advice on acids and tooth erosion

Call our friendly reception team on 01392 272350

Wow, what an invigorating experience my teeth feel super clean, Thank you


Had my six monthly monthly clean with Jan today. My teeth feel amazing! Thank you


The airflow treatment is completely pain free and leaves your mouth feeling really smooth and clean. I would highly recommend it.


I used to dread going to the hygienist at my old practice, but now I love coming here……thank you Sue!”

Look after your gums, they are the foundation of your entire mouth
Treatment 1:

Clean, Cleanse and Polish

Visit your hygienist on a regular basis to help keep your mouth in tip top condition! This treatment involves motivation, education and a super clean of all bleeding gums and tartar. We use the latest polishing jet to clean all the areas that a conventional toothbrush cannot reach, giving you an instantly healthier mouth and fresher breath.
Treatment 2:

Airflow Polish – Instantly Brighter Teeth

Airflow is the leading teeth cleaning system which uses a spray of air, aesthetic polishing powder and gentle jet stream of water to rapidly remove surface stains and dental plaque. This non invasive treatment, gently removes staining, is kind to the tooth surface and significantly improves tooth brightness, giving you noticeably lighter and brighter teeth. Results are immediate!
Treatment 3:

Strong Foundations

This is for advanced gum disease sufferers. Our skilled hygienists will remove all deep calculus, measure the amount of bone loss and carry out detailed cleaning and detoxification.
Treatment 4:

Moving Forward

For moderate gum disease sufferers, the aim of this package is to stop your teeth from becoming loose over the course of time. It involves the taking of detailed measurements and a treatment course in key areas of the mouth that suffer from advanced bone loss.


Do I have to be a patient at the practice to book a hygiene appointment?

Thanks to the recent changes in dental legislation, ‘Direct Access’ means dental hygienists are allowed to treat patients, without the referral of a dentist first. So if you are keen for a clean, simply call our reception team and book straight in with one of our lovely direct access hygienists

Will hygiene treatment hurt?

Scaling and polishing is usually totally pain free. However, if you do have any discomfort the hygienist can use anaesthetic creams, or give you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the hygienist know at the time so they can help with your discomfort.

What is a dental hygienist?

Dental hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team, they are thye cornerstone of everything we do. They are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.