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Dental hygiene & therapy

Our dental hygienist, Clare, and our dental therapist, Michelle, 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 have introduced 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 an extra appointment with our hygienist

Whilst our membership plans come with hygiene appointments included, you may like to “treat yourself” to one of the following extra 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

Fees: £79.95

Guided Biofilm Therapy (Airflow)

Ideal: for stubborn staining including smokers’ teeth staining. Also a great way to kick-start teeth whitening. The treatment leaves your mouth and teeth feeling beautifully clean.

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

Length: 30-minute appointment

Fees: £110

Dental therapy

Our dental therapist, Michelle, has enhanced knowledge and training.

As well as providing hygienist treatments alongside Clare, she also carries 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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