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Hygiene – Preventive Care Program

Hygiene / Therapy Department

Our team

Peter Mansour – Dental Hygienist/Therapist BOH (Otago 2009)

Hassan Rajaban – Oral Health Therapist (University of Otago)

Giulia Nicolo – Dental Hygienist/Therapist

Jorge Moreno – Dental Hygienist


Our Statement:        Keeping Teeth for Life

Oral Health therapist: A licensed dental professional who is qualified as both Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist

Dental Hygienist: A licensed dental professional who is specially trained in treating gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), removal of calculus (tartar), addressing any gums or bone recession and providing you with the most appropriate oral hygiene instructions.

Dental Therapist: A licensed dental professional person who is specifically trained in treating children from infants up to the age of 18.   Providing comprehensive regular examinations, dietary advice for young children and adolescence.  Treatments are not limited to restorations on primary and permanent teeth, extractions of primary teeth, stainless-steels crowns on primary teeth

Hygiene department:

Oral hygiene is the most important part of any dental treatment.  Regular professional scaling and cleaning will help minimize the risk of diseases such as decay and gum disease.

  1. Scaling and Cleaning
  2. Periodontal Analysis
  3. Root Planning
  4. Gum Disease (gingivitis / periodontitis)
  5. Oral Hygiene Instructions
  6. Smoking and Gum disease
  7. Diabetes and gum disease


A regular professional scale and clean is very important to achieve and maintain good oral health by removing plaque (soft, sticky bacteria, biofilm) and calculus (tartar) deposits that build on the teeth surfaces. Our Therapist/Hygienist will use special instruments  to remove these deposits. Usually every 6 months, as studies have been done to prove that patients who attend for professional regular scale and clean, have less work done over the long term and keep their teeth longer.  Our therapist will work with you to maintain your teeth for life.



Periodontal analysis is where the dental professional measures the levels of both your gums and your bone using a special probe.

This process is usually performed on each patient, in order to assess the gum health and also acts as a base line for each patient.

The area between the tooth and the gums is called pockets.  A healthy pocket is within 3mm. More than 3 mm is a sign of periodontal disease and more than 5mm would require deep cleaning/root planning.

ROOT PLANNING (deep cleaning)

Usually our therapist/hygienist performs this procedure when there are pockets of 5mm, where calculus and bacteria are under the gums. Therefore, in order to prevent further attachment loss,  the clinician will usually use special tools to go under the gums and remove the all calculus from the root surfaces.  This procedure is usually done under local anaestitic.

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Inflammation of the gums, due to built up of bacteria between the gums and the teeth, causing the gums to be red, tender and inflamed.  Usually bleeding is a sign of gingivitis



Periodontitis is a progressive disease of the gums and underlying bone (Loss of gums and bone levels).    Unlike gingivitis periodontitis  is irreversible.

There are 3 stages of periodontitis


Early periodontitis:   where few areas of the mouth have deep pockets more than 3 mm but less than 5mm

Moderate periodontitis:   where most teeth have around 5 mm pockets and slight mobility of some teeth

Advanced periodontitis:   where most teeth have 5mm+ pockets with great mobility and some furcation involvements

Periodontitis is usually painless.  Therefore, our Dental Hygienist / Therapist will assess and record your gum levels and monitor the health of your gums on a regular basis.    Depending on the level of gum disease, some patients may require 3 month preventive care.   Most health funds cover this service every six months.

In the case of periodontal disease, the only way to stop that disease from progressing, is the removal of calculus and debris from the root surface of the tooth – usually called root planning or deep cleaning which is usually performed under local anesthetic.






Our Hygienist/Therapist may advise you to use different techniques/methods to clean your teeth, dependant on the anatomy of your teeth and other factors (dexterity, young children and elderly people)

Inter-dental brushes:

Not everybody uses floss successfully to clean these spaces.  Therefore, our Therapist/Hygienist may recommend the use of inter-dental brushes.

These brushes are ideal for people with braces (fixed orthodontic appliances).  Plaque can build up between the bracket and the gum, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.  Inter-dental brushes allow you to access the space between the wire and the teeth, to remove food particles and prevent the build up of plaque.

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The effects of smoking on your teeth

  1. Smoking is one of the main factors causing periodontal (gum) disease (Hyperlinked to periodontal disease)
  2. Smoking can cause lesions that may lead to cancer
  3. Poor healing of  soft tissues after surgery or extractions
  4. Bad breath
  5. Staining and discoloration of the teeth
  6. Altered taste sensations

Should you consider giving up smoking, our Hygienist/Therapist can discuss  the different ways to quit.   Alternatively,  you  can consult with your doctor


People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease (Hyperlinked to gingivitis & Periodontitis)

Studies have shown that people with diabetes are more likely to lose their teeth at an early age.   In contrast, active gum disease makes it more difficult to have well controlled diabetes.

Children’s Dentistry

It’s Your Smile Dental Group believe that good dental health patterns should begin in infancy and continue throughout adult life. Our experienced Therapists will provide a positive dental experience early in life, which will lead to regular dental visits and improve your child’s oral health.

Treatments vary from comprehensive examinations, restorations, extraction of deciduous teeth, pulpotomy (nerve treatment), and stainless steel crowns on deciduous teeth.  Our Oral Health Therapists are experienced in treating children and young adults and will spend time with your children fully explaining procedures.

As we offer an extensive range of pediatric dental services, our Therapists are experienced in behavior management techniques, inhalation sedation, education programs and preventative care that will make your child smile with confidence.

It is very important for young children to visit our Therapist, in order to detect any problems in growth and oral health as soon as possible.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry stated “early visits to dental professionals gets kids used to having their teeth check, relieving any problems of visits as they get older”

  1. Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme is Bulk Billed
  2. Complimentary Orthodontic Examination offered

Contact our office today to book an appointment or if you require any further information.