Prevention & Hygiene

A tailored approach to safeguarding your smile

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No matter what condition your smile is in, we’ll always recommend you see the hygienist at Holmes Dental Care on a regular basis. Why? Because while your dentist is best placed to identify and treat dental problems as they arise, the hygienist can prevent those problems from occurring in the first place. A regular hygiene appointment will allow the hygienist to professionally clean your teeth in places brushing can’t reach, look after any restorations you may have had (especially important for our implant patients), and ensure you’re armed with the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques on maintaining your own oral hygiene at home.

Prevention and dental hygiene services in Cardiff
Dental hygienist services in Cardiff

Advanced prevention with Ozone therapy

Ozone therapy harnesses cutting-edge technology to blast away bacteria, removing decay without the need for injections or drilling – and Holmes Dental Care is one of the first practices in your area to offer it. The handheld device uses ozone – a reactive oxygen molecule that’s around a thousand times more powerful than other bacteria-removal methods – to treat decayed teeth, not only removing all the soft decay, but promoting healing in the remaining tooth, preventing further decay and future dental treatment. Our Cardiff patients love Ozone therapy because it offers a painless way of treating decay prior to getting a filling. We can also offer air polishing, which is the use of a fine powder sprayed through a powerful but precisely-controlled jet that airbrushes tenacious deposits away.



What is plaque and why do I need to know about it?

The key contributor to gum disease and tooth decay, plaque is a sticky, transparent film of bacteria that continually builds up around the gum line and must be regularly brushed away. Caused by the food that remains on your teeth after eating, plaque eventually hardens to become tartar, which has a yellow or brown colour. Together, plaque and tartar attack the tooth enamel, making gums and teeth vulnerable to disease and decay.

What treatments can the hygienist offer?

The hygienist will carry out a scale and polish – a professional deep clean that removes disease-causing plaque and tartar from under and around the gum line. The hygienist is also qualified to advise you on the latest techniques and products for effective cleaning at home, as well as tips on diet, nutrition and lifestyle issues such as smoking and alcohol intake.

Can I do anything to prevent oral hygiene problems occurring?

Maintaining a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle.

Does it hurt to get a scale and polish?

Not usually, though if your gums are very sensitive the hygienist can use anaesthetic gel to alleviate any discomfort.

Does it hurt to get Ozone therapy?

No – in fact, Ozone therapy is particularly suited to children and anxious patients precisely because it is so gentle and effective.

Dear Dr Holmes,

You’ve been brilliant to me – ‘a star’ in fact.

Thank you so much for everything. The relief is immeasurable and the stress of it all, the embarrassment etc etc. I am so grateful. Best wishes.

SC, had sinus lifting, GBR, implants & crown

I'm not sure if you realise how much of a difference your expertise and care and attention to detail have made to me. I can now smile naturally again - such a simple but essential gesture for good relationships and a happy life. After 9 months of feeling detached from those around me I now feel connected again to my loved ones, friends, colleagues, students, and even passing strangers. It's life enhancing to be able to share a smile with others. Thank you so much, all of you, for giving me back that simple but wonderful gift.

Tomorrow I have an important job interview, and I shall walk into the interview room with a big smile on my face, feeling confident.

Thank you! 🙂

DN, had implants, GBR and bridge

I have just completed a course of treatment having implants fitted and the whole process has been brilliant.

Initially I had a consultation with Dr. Holmes who then produced a report detailing all my options with costings and timescales etc. No pressure was placed on me to make a decision and there was no hard sell which was really good.

PC, had implants & guided bone regeneration

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