Family Dentist in Edinburgh
150 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4PX T: 0131 447 6431

Dental hygiene

At each examination appointment a thorough check will be carried out on the health of your gums and an assessment made on the standard of your dental hygiene.

Scale and polishes can be carried out to remove tartar, calculus and plaque, as well as any extrinsic staining caused by tea, coffee, red wine and smoking. (Intrinsic staining may require tooth whitening to remove).

Instruction may be given on cleaning in-between your teeth with floss or inter-dental brushes and help with general tooth brushing may also be required. This is all with the aim of providing each patient with the knowledge on how to maintain their dental hygiene at the highest standard.


Bad Breath can be very anti-social and of great concern to people who suffer with this problem. Often though, it can be a very quick and easy problem to sort out. Poor oral hygiene and gum disease can often be the cause and within a few short appointments to our practice, bad breath can be eliminated allowing you to smile and chat again with confidence.

Gum Disease

Gum diseaseGum disease can affect both men and women of all ages although generally the older you are, the more likely it is that you will have some form of gum disease.
The teeth are attached to the bone of your jaw by ligaments. When you do not clean your teeth properly, plaque and tartar build up around the neck of the tooth next to the gum. This in turn causes an inflammatory reaction which leads to the destruction of the ligaments. With this, the gums recede and the bone starts to disappear. If this is allowed to happen over a long number of years it can result in the teeth becoming loose and eventually they may need to be extracted.

Gum disease is more common in patients that smoke and diabetics. Often patients are advised to quit smoking to aid the health of their gums.

If gum disease is present our dentists will provide you with treatment aimed at stopping the gum disease progressing and maintaining excellent oral hygiene.

Oral Cancer

At each examination appointment your dentist will carry out a routine check for oral cancer. Patients who smoke and drink heavily are at greater risk from oral cancer. Often patients will be advised to quit smoking and reduce their alcohol intake to reduce this risk.

If a dentist or patient has any concerns a fast track system is in place to refer any patient up to the hospital to be seen by the appropriate consultant.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants have been shown to clinically reduce the amount of occlusal caries in children when applied, especially in those patients at high risk. They are an excellent preventive measure. However, they do not stop decay and if a patient continues to consume a high frequency of sugar in their diet, cavities may result.

Fluoride application

Fluoride can be applied to an area of decay in its earliest stage of development. If left this area may require a treatment. Fluoride can be applied to reverse this early lesion. Fluoride application in conjunction with diet advice, are important in the prevention of tooth decay.