How to maintain good oral health

Thorough teeth cleaning is key to maintaining oral health and preventing oral diseases. It also helps you to avoid costly dental treatments further down the line. Proper flossing, brushing and regular checkups and treatment from our dental hygienist in Sydney will ensure you maintain a healthy mouth and minimise the risk of dental complications.

In between your regular dental checkups, it’s essential that you maintain good dental hygiene. This means ensuring that you’re not only taking good care of your teeth but also your gums and mouth as a whole. You should brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent tooth decay or gum disease and we recommend using fluoride toothpaste and a softheaded toothbrush for maximum results.

What happens if you don’t
maintain good dental hygiene?

Gum disease is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but if they aren’t cleaned well, the bacteria in plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed.

When this happens, your gums will pull away from your teeth and form spaces called pockets. Plaque then gets trapped in these pockets and cannot be removed with regular brushing. If untreated, gum disease could lead to bone and tooth loss.

What are the benefits of seeing dental hygienists?

Even if you brush your teeth and floss twice a day, it’s still hard to maintain perfect oral health, as plaque still builds up below the gum line and in between teeth.

The buildup of plaque then leads to bacteria forming in your mouth which can lead to a number of issues. Dental hygienists are experts at removing plaque and minimising the risk of gum disease.

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Am I a good candidate for a dental cleaning?

Every patient is unique and the degree of treatment required is different. For new patients, we aim for you to see our Dentist for a full exam as well as our Hygienist. Most people require a good scale and clean yet as we noted everyone is unique.

If, for example, you just need stain removal and minimal scaling of your teeth and gums, a short appointment will be required. But for deep scaling of heavy calculus (tartar), you may need a longer visit or even multiple treatments to get back on track. We tailor all our dental hygienist visits to suit the individual.

How is a deep clean carried out at The Dentist
at 70 Pitt Street in Sydney CBD?

If gum disease is caught early and hasn’t damaged the structures below the gum line, a professional dental clean should be sufficient. If the pockets between your gums and teeth are too deep, however, scaling and root planing may be needed.


Scaling is when your dentist and hygienist remove all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gum line, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket.

Root Planing

Your dentist and hygienist will then begin root planing, smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete and may require a local anaesthetic.

After Care

After a deep cleaning, you may have pain for a day or two and teeth sensitivity for up to a week. Your gums also may be swollen, feel tender, and bleed. To prevent infection, control pain, or help you heal, your dentist may prescribe a pill or mouth rinse.

Your dentist may also insert medication (subantimicrobial-dose doxycycline) directly into the pocket that was cleaned. Your dentist will schedule another visit to see how your gums have healed and measure the depth of your pockets. If they have gotten deeper, more treatment may be needed.

How much does a visit to a
dental hygienist cost in Sydney?

The total cost of seeing a qualified dental hygienist will depend on the degree of treatment you require.
Once your teeth have been assessed we’ll be able to provide you with an accurate cost for your individual treatment.

New Patient Offer

1st Visit comprehensive Examination,
Check-up, Teeth Cleaning for New Patients

(including Full exam, images, x-rays, clean, polish and fluoride treatment)

Our other preventative dental services

Learn more about our range of preventative dental services:

Meet our dental team

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Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh


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Dr Catrina Carroll


Dr Vinaya Sunkersett

Dr Vinaya Sunkersett


Roya Broojerdi

Roya Broojerdi (Faridi)

Dental Hygienist


If you have any more questions about visiting one of our dental hygiene services or maintaining oral health, please contact us today. Below you can find the questions we get most frequently asked about dental hygiene.

Home dental care is vital to maintaining good dental hygiene. Neglecting your oral health at home can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and a very expensive dentist bill.

Regular patients visit at least every 6 months. Our hygienist will scale your teeth and gums and review gum health. She’ll discuss your home care instructions and, if necessary, discuss your diet and any risk of decay or gum disease. Our dentist will then see you for a review examination.

No, typically teeth cleaning procedures are not painful. If a patient does experience pain, it’s usually due to gum inflammation, tooth decay and other symptoms of oral disease. All of these conditions often lead to increased sensitivity, resulting in some pain felt during the cleaning process.

A dental hygienist is licensed and registered to practice all forms of dental hygiene treatment. This includes the cleaning of the mouth, scaling to remove stains and calculus build-up, and application of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants. They also provide patients with information on how to maintain good oral hygiene.

Teeth cleaning is one of the cheapest of all the dental treatments available. Paying a small amount to get your teeth cleaned regularly can save you a lot of money in the long run, as other dental treatments can be much more expensive.

A dental hygienist is a licensed oral health professional who cleans teeth, takes X-rays, educates patients on oral hygiene, and performs other preventive dental care. They work under the supervision of a dentist.

Dentists typically recommend a dental cleaning every 6 months to maintain good oral hygiene.

A dental hygienist is a licensed oral healthcare professional who provides preventive and therapeutic care to patients to maintain oral health. They clean teeth, take x-rays, educate patients on oral hygiene, and provide other preventative treatments.

Dental hygienist cleanings can cause some discomfort, but it is usually minor and temporary. The extent of discomfort depends on the individual’s pain tolerance and the severity of the cleaning needed. Local anesthetics or numbing agents can be used to minimize discomfort.

A dental hygienist charges $221 for a clean only and $380 for a new patient examination and clean, which includes a full exam, images, x-rays, clean, polish, and fluoride treatment.

Yes, a dentist can clean teeth and also perform more complex procedures such as fillings and extractions.

The cost of a dental hygienist appointment can vary widely and depends on factors such as location, type of appointment, and insurance coverage. It is best to check with your insurance provider and dentist to determine the cost. Some dentists offer a discount for first-time appointments.

A dental hygienist can perform deep cleaning, including scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar build-up and promote gum health.

A hygiene clean costs $221. It includes a thorough cleaning of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup, as well as a polish to improve the appearance of the teeth.

Teeth cleaning is good for maintaining oral health and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Regular cleaning can remove plaque and tartar, helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Maintain good dental hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using mouthwash, eating a balanced diet, and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

A dental hygienist is a licensed oral health professional who cleans teeth, takes X-rays, and helps prevent gum disease by educating patients on proper oral hygiene. They work under a dentist’s supervision.

The cost of regular dental cleaning can vary based on location and the type of cleaning. On The Dentist website, a hygiene cleaning is priced at $221. This service includes a thorough cleaning of the teeth and a polish to improve the appearance of the teeth.

Book an appointment today and save $177 on your first visit

Why Choose The Dentist at 70 Pitt Street for
your dental cleaning in Sydney CBD?

our practice and core values

Your oral health is an essential part of your overall health care, which is why we at The Dentist at 70 Pitt Street pride ourselves on not only being a friendly and affordable dental clinic but also ensuring we provide outstanding dental treatment. We believe there are lots of reasons you should choose to have your dental veneers with us, but we’ve narrowed it down for you:

  • We offer numbing gel when you get your teeth cleaned
  • We send you a calendar invite so your appointments are in your Work Diary (as well as a reminder the day before)
  • You can choose the flavour of polish and fluoride, not everyone loves mint
  • You can listen to your podcast or tunes when you’re having treatment
  • We have appointments before 9 am and after 5 pm as well as on Saturdays to suit you
  • We’re one of the only dental practices in Sydney with a full-time in-house dental hygienist dedicated to the prevention of tooth and gum disease
  • We aim to be the greenest dentist in Sydney and we have a strong sense of community
  • We have a range of payment options including HICAPS & payment plans
  • You get to take home a new soft toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste at each of your preventative visits

How to book an appointment

Choose which Practitioner you would like to see, as well as select if the appointment is to be with the dentist or a visit with the hygienist to have your teeth cleaned. If you can not find a time that suits you, please call us on 02 9233 3399 and we will accommodate you.