Dental Hygiene Services

Dental Hygiene Services

Hare Lane offers a wide range of important dental hygiene services.

Why is oral hygiene important?

Good oral hygiene helps to prevent dental problems - mainly plaque and calculus which are the main causes of gum disease and caries (tooth decay). Good oral hygiene may also help to prevent or delay dental erosion.

Dental plaque is a soft whitish deposit that forms on the surface of teeth. It forms when bacteria (germs) combine with food and saliva. Plaque contains many types of bacteria. You can remove plaque by good oral hygiene.

Calculus, sometimes called tartar, is hardened calcified plaque. It sticks firmly to teeth. Generally, it can only be removed with special instruments by a dentist or dental hygienist.

Some common dental problems related to poor oral hygiene:

  • Caries (tooth decay)
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • Tooth with gum disease
  • Gingivitis ( inflammation of the gums)
  • Tooth erosion