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oral hygiene

An oral hygienist is a licensed primary health care professional, oral health educator and clinician, who as co-therapist with the dentist and provides preventive, educational and therapeutic services supporting and promoting oral health.

Our full time oral hygienist obtained her 3 year degree in oral hygiene in 2014.


Oral hygiene is the basis of all dental work. Without proper oral hygiene very little dental work can be successful in the long term. It is the daily practice of keeping the teeth clean to prevent dental problems, most commonly, dental caries, gingivitis and periodontal diseases. If left untreated these can cause bad breath, tooth and bone loss and surface staining.

At our practice we strive to educate and help you to achieve optimum oral hygiene for your specific need:

  • Patients with their own natural teeth

  • Patients with extensive dental work – e.g. Crowns, Veneers, implant crowns

  • Patients who lost all their teeth and who have had their teeth replaced with implants and fixed or removable prosthesis.

  • Your basic oral hygiene routine should include:

  • Brushing twice a day with a soft toothbrush and tooth paste

  • Flossing at least once a day – to clean in-between the teeth and gently underneath the gum

  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth wash after brushing – containing no alcohol

  • Do not eat or drink for 30 min after brushing and rinsing.

  • See your oral hygienist regularly – depending on your specific needs.

Johanri Smit  Oral Hygienist