Think you don’t need to visit a dental hygienist? 5 ways hygienists can improve your dental health

You could be forgiven for thinking that in order to maintain a high level of dental health, all you have to do is visit your dentist twice a year, while also maintaining a good oral hygiene regime at home.


While these are of course an essential part of keeping your mouth healthy, as you age, or indeed if you have a family history of periodontal disease, you may need a bit more help to keep your pearly whites looking their best.

At Craigentinny, we can offer you a wide range of preventive treatments to keep your teeth and gums at their healthiest. Our hygienist in Edinburgh can help you maintain a high quality of oral health, while also polishing and cleaning your teeth to look their whitest! Talk about a fantastic two for one treatment!

So, how exactly does a biannual trip to our dental therapist/ hygienist in Edinburgh help keep your mouth healthy?

Learn how to care for your teeth

It may seem like an odd thing to need to visit a dental professional for, but based on your individual teeth, diet, health, and age, a dental therapist can target your home dental hygiene routine, to keep your teeth and gums in top condition.

Upon completing an examination of your mouth, our hygienist in Edinburgh will be able to identify areas that you are missing and where plaque is accumulating, and advise you on how to care for this area correctly. They can also advise you on which toothbrush is best suited to your mouth and also discuss with you which toothpaste and mouthwash you would benefit the most from.

Detecting and treating gum disease

As we age, or if we have poor oral health, we are more susceptible to gum or periodontal diseases.

While a trip to your regular dentist can identify gum disease, a trip to a dental therapist can assess the severity of the condition, suggest a treatment plan and work at removing any offending plaque.

Dental therapists can provide those who have gum disease with medicated mouthwashes and toothpaste too, to help you fight the disease at home.

Fluoride treatments

If you have the tell-tale signs of cavity formation, a dental therapist can apply a fluoride sealant to your teeth.

This will help harden the weakened enamel, restore the tooth and prevent the cavity from forming; a great way to prevent decay and infection from spreading!

Plaque removal

Known as the ‘scale and polish,’ our dental therapists can remove plaque both above and below your gum line.

This treatment prevents gum disease, cavities, and infections, whilst also whitening your smile and giving your teeth an additional sparkle!

Oral cancer screening

Oral cancer rates are rising in the UK, and at Craigentinny, we are proud to be able to offer our patients oral cancer screening as part of a dental therapist visit.

If our team is concerned with your examination, we will send you to an oral cancer specialist to continue the treatment as soon as possible.

Nervous about an upcoming dental appointment? How sedation dentistry at Craigentinny can help you

At Craigentinny Dental, we know how daunting it can be to attend a check-up when you have a fear of the dentist.

In the past, those who suffered from dental phobias were subjected to ridicule from dental professionals, making the entire process more unpleasant and adding to the fear. Today, this practice has long since been abolished, in favour of offering those with a dental phobia a more warm and welcoming environment, free from judgement and lecturing.


At Craigentinny, our team is proud of the services we can offer to those who suffer from dental phobia. Everything from E-Courses to sedation dentistry in Edinburgh, our team has worked hard to cover all bases to ensure that you overcome your fear with as much help and support as possible.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of our sedation dentistry in Edinburgh and how we can work with you to become more desensitised to sitting in the dental chair.

What is dental sedation?

At Craigentinny, we are aware that not everyone who is scared of the dentist can be consoled by simply talking to a member of our dental team.

Many of our patients suffer from a very severe phobia of visiting our practice, so we are always able to offer sedation dentistry in Edinburgh to those who need it. Administered through a drip in the arm (intravenously), our team will sedate you before any treatment begins on your teeth and once the procedure is completed, you will be taken to a side room to recuperate.

We must advise that you bring someone responsible and age appropriate with you for this procedure and that you do not operate heavy machinery for 24 hours afterward.


Of course, the obvious benefit of intravenous sedatives is that they relax you and allow our team to perform check-ups and procedures without causing you distress. But what are the other benefits?

No memory

Dental phobias are typically based on a negative experience; maybe you had a poor dentist as a child who didn’t listen to you when you told them to be more gentle.

One of the key benefits of our sedative treatments is that afterward, you will have no memory of the procedure. Even if you have had 3 teeth extracted and a root canal, you will not remember any of it!

Most of our phobic patients agree that a minor injection in the arm is less invasive than being wide awake while a dentist examines your teeth.

Sedatives allow our team to examine your mouth with ease, without causing you to feel invaded or violated.

No discomfort

Typically, when you have a filling or extraction, there are lots of needles to help numb your mouth.

With sedatives, there is no need for any additional needles and when you are so relaxed, you will feel no pain. When you are fully conscious, if there is discomfort, you will not associate it with dentistry and will, in time, feel more comfortable about attending our dental surgery for treatment.

Curious about fast adult orthodontics? Braces and aligners our team can offer you at Craigentinny

Once associated with young children, aligners and other forms of orthodontic treatments are now becoming more popular with adults.

As an adult or even a teenager, it can seem strange to pursue orthodontic treatments. There is a somewhat persistent idea amongst the general public that aligners can only help children get straighter teeth, that if you missed the window of opportunity as a child, you will have to accept your crooked teeth forever!


Luckily, this is not the case anymore!

At Craigentinny, we are able to offer all of our adult and teenage patients a range of braces in Edinburgh, including the world-famous Invisalign and the Inman Aligner. Our dentists will take time to assess which aligner is best suited to you, helping you get the smile you deserve faster!

So, when looking for braces in Edinburgh, which types are available? Read on for a brief overview of the aligners we have to offer at Craigentinny.


The closest you will ever get to a truly invisible aligner, Invisalign is one of our more popular braces in Edinburgh.

Suitable for those who have mild to moderate misalignment issues, this aligner is custom-fitted to fit over your teeth like a glove, for maximum comfort and stability. Using a set of opposing coils, this aligner moves your teeth gently over several months into their new positions, without causing discomfort or requiring tightening.

Our dental team at Craigentinny will assess your suitability for the Invisalign aligner; if you are suitable, we will take a 3-D scan of your mouth and using computer technology, show you how your teeth are going to move over the next few months, to help you recognise the progress you will make.

Inman Aligner

Perfect for correcting teeth that require minimal movement, the Inman Aligner offers an accelerated treatment option for adults.

Working in as little as 18 weeks, this aligner is fully removable and can be fitted around a busy lifestyle, while also helping get your teeth into their desired position.

Similar to Invisalign, the Inman Aligner uses opposing coils to move your teeth into their new position, causing a larger range of movement than Invisalign but offering faster results.

You will need to wear the aligner for up to 20 hours per day, depending on the advice of one of Craigentinny’s Inman Aligner specialists, and we will need to see you on average every 3 weeks to ensure that the treatment is working correctly.

Six Month Smiles

It’s all in the name!

A fixed system that offers additional predictability versus both the Inman Aligner and Invisalign, Six  Month Smiles can help correct a wider range of dental issues, without causing discomfort.

The brackets of this aligner are matched to your teeth, while the wires may be slightly noticeable but not strikingly so. Worn for an average of 24 weeks, this aligner is powerful and extremely successful at realigning crooked or misaligned teeth.

Want to know more about our range of aligners for adults? Contact Craigentinny today!

Do you suffer from extreme anxiety when seeing your dentist? Come to Craigentinny Dental Care!

Do you have a fear of dental check-ups? Does the thought of even walking into a dental surgery fill you with dread?


Dental phobias go hand in hand with irregular dental appointments and unfortunately, they also go hand in hand with more extreme dental procedures such as extractions and root canals.

Luckily, the days of the judgemental dentist wagging their finger at you for not attending are long gone!

At Craigentinny, our dentist in Edinburgh is trained to be sympathetic to patients who suffer from dental phobias and to provide the most relaxing and comfortable experience possible, to help them overcome their worries about attending those biannual check-ups!

So, what options can we offer you to help you overcome your phobia? Read on to find out!

Nervous Patient Programme

Many people who are scared when they visit our dentist in Edinburgh are also worried that they will be laughed at or belittled.

At Craigentinny, we take your fears very seriously and will never laugh at you for being scared. Our team will aim to help you overcome your fear at your own pace and will be supportive throughout the entire process.

Best suited to patients who wish to overcome their fears without requiring sedation or medication, our Nervous Patient Programme on our website will guide you through what you can expect during your first visit to our surgery. There are no off-putting images or videos of dental procedures, just members of our team talking you through what you can expect from us.

Dental Fear E-Course

If the thought of booking an appointment to see our dentist in Edinburgh makes you anxious, you may benefit from our E-Course, designed to help you overcome your worries.

This course was designed so patients could access it in their own time and complete it at their own pace, without having to set foot into our surgery! It is free to all and is the combined effort of all of our dental staff who have worked with patients with phobias. It has had an extremely high success rate with previously phobic patients, who have reported to us that they have felt more able to, not only book a dental appointment, but have felt more confident to actually come to our surgery and undertake an examination!

If you feel this is more suited to you, please contact our team today for online access.

Sedation options

Of course, if your dental phobia is extreme and you are in urgent need of a dental check-up, our team at Craigentinny will be able to offer you sedation as an option.

Before undertaking any form of sedation, we will require you to attend a free 20 minute appointment, so our team can assess your previous medical history and determine if it is safe.

On the day of the procedure, we ask that you bring along a responsible family member or friend, who is over the age of 18, to escort you home afterwards to ensure that you are safe.

Oral health care tips from our dental hygienist in Edinburgh

As we get older our teeth take more work to look after and having a good oral health routine is key in making sure that those prized chompers stand the test of time. Sadly some people still struggle with finding a routine that works for them, so we’ve asked our dental hygienist in Edinburgh to provide a short list of things you can do to upgrade your oral care game.


Introduce flossing

First up on the list of things our dental hygienist in Edinburgh would recommend is flossing. Using dental floss at least once a day helps to clear out any plaque, tartar and food particles that stick in those hard to reach places that you may miss when you brush. To maximise your cleaning potential we recommend that you give your teeth a good once over with a strip of dental floss after every meal.

Regularly rinse with mouthwash

Another item that’s worth introducing to your cleaning routine is a mouthwash brand. Regularly rinsing at least once a day after brushing will provide a deep clean feeling, provide lasting protection from bacteria and eliminate bad breath that might be brought on by your diet or smoking. There are also a lot of different brands, strengths and types on the market that can cater to a wide range of cleaning needs.

At Craigentinny Dental Care our team can provide a wealth of information and recommendations to help you find a mouthwash brand that will suit you.

Brush often

Arguably one of the most important pieces of advice we can provide is to just brush as many times as you can throughout the day. Generally you should give your mouth a good clean at least twice a day if it’s possible, once in the morning and then again at night before you head to bed. Doing this will clear out any food particles that can build up throughout your day or during the night and not doing so will allow tartar and plaque to build up.

Try using an electric toothbrush

For that far reaching deep clean feeling you should consider swapping your manual brush for an electric powered version if you haven’t already. Using their vibrating heads and sonic technology they are able to reach further between your teeth and gums than you would be able to with a standard brush.

They are also a good choice for elderly or younger patients who may struggle to hold their arms in one position for long periods of time as they brush, as it does almost all of the work.

Schedule regular check-ups

Finally, booking an appointment every six months to come see our team is another recommendation from us, as it lets our team track your progress, as well as keep on top of any potential oral health issues that could crop up.

These are just a few things you can introduce to your current cleaning routine to increase your chances of keeping any oral health issues at bay as you get older. If you would like further information on how you can change your current cleaning routine then just contact our team at the practice for a chat.

Should you consider sedation dentistry in Edinburgh?

For most patients treatments that involve some mild discomfort are performed with a local anaesthetic to numb the area and limit the amount of pain that is felt. However, in some cases there may be call for a stronger sedative to make a potentially stressful procedure for one of our patients a little easier.


Although its use is a fairly common practice and not just for severe cases. So with that in mind, here is a little more information on sedation dentistry in Edinburgh and when we may use it.

What is it?

If you are not familiar with sedation dentistry in Edinburgh, it essentially involves the use of a mild sedative to relax a patient to the point where they can be taken through their prescribed treatment. It is a fairly common practice and it tends to involve your dentist and GP communicating with each other beforehand to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction to any anaesthetic. A reaction can occur either through allergies or the sedatives conflicting with any medication you may take outside of the dentist office.

When is it used?

Sedation is used in a number of different cases for our patients, but generally it tends to be used for patients with low pain thresholds or those that can’t sit still in the chair, such as young children. It can also be implemented for those that may have anxiety and fear of the dentist. Our dentist may decide it should be brought in if you have very sensitive teeth, an overactive gag reflex or if there’s an extensive amount of dental work to go through and it is a solution to avoid you going through any prolonged discomfort.

At Craigentinny Dental Care our team will assess your case to the full extent of their abilities, to make sure you are an acceptable and safe candidate for sedation.

Are there different types?

There are actually a number of different types of sedative used in dentistry and they are chosen based on the patient, their medical history and the treatment that’s being undertaken.

As an example, there is inhaled sedation through the use of nitrous oxide or ‘laughing gas’. There is oral sedation available with a pill from the valium family, IV sedation through the vein that will work more quickly than other normal methods and finally there’s general anaesthesia which puts patients to sleep. 

Is it safe?

There is always a risk when anaesthesia is involved, but generally it is safe. It is only used by experienced dentists and they will always speak with you and your GP beforehand to make sure that there are not going to be any complications from you being sedated. We may also go through your medical history as well, to make sure that the entire process is as safe as we can possibly make it.

These are just a few facts about your options for sedation when you come into our practice. If you would like to discuss your options, the methods available to you, or if your dentist thinks it would be appropriate in your case, then just contact the practice for a chat.

Why you should consider an appointment for braces in Edinburgh?

When you think of braces it is usually something that you go through when you are very young, but were you aware that having them fitted when you are an adult can actually be quite beneficial to you?


Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider popping by for an appointment with us for braces in Edinburgh.

It helps shape your smile

One of the biggest benefits of having a brace fitted is that it can help make your smile look neater and straighter. This is because the appliance, whether it is a standard bracket and wire setup, or a visit for invisible braces in Edinburgh, slowly realigns any crooked or crowded teeth you may have. This is managed by the application of a small amount of gentle pressure in key spots around your teeth that will realign them to a neater and much straighter position.

Depending on the type of brace used, the location being straightened and the age of the patient, a realignment could take anywhere between six to thirteen months, but the end results are worth the wait.

Aids in speech problems

If you are having problems saying particular phrases and words or there is a pronounced whistling sound when you talk, then you may benefit from a set of braces. This is because your problem may stem from misaligned teeth that may be hampering your tongue as you talk.

At Craigentinny Dental Care our talented team can help identify the cause of these issues quickly before placing you on a beneficial brace treatment programme.

Helps with digestive issues

You may not realise it, but if you have problems with digestion then a brace may also help here. This is because when we chew our food it is broken up into manageable chunks by our teeth and if they are crooked then the lumps of food can end up being much larger than they ought to be. This is a lot harder for your body to break down. Not being able to chew properly leads to you feeling bloated and full for much longer or suffering from indigestion after meals.

The application of a brace can help straighten your teeth to a point where it is easier for your body to break down whatever your eat.

Reduces your chances of jawbone erosion

Last up in our shortlist is the fact that a brace can also help reduce the chances of your jawbone being eroded and although this may sound pretty frightening, it is easily avoidable. 

This can happen when bacteria builds up between any crooked teeth you may have, this area then becomes inflamed and if left unchecked it can spread to the surrounding gums, teeth and bone. By simply straightening your teeth you will be able to clean into those previously hard to reach places, which in turn lets you keep your gums healthy and pink.

These are just a few interesting facts about braces and how they can benefit you, should you decide to book an appointment. If you are interested in learning more or would like to know how they could potentially benefit you, then contact our team at the practice at the next available opportunity.

Why your dentist in Edinburgh would recommend flossing

No we’re not talking about the dance, in this case we mean the thin filament you use to clean your teeth with, that sadly some of our patients still either don’t use or just forget about after they brush their teeth. Regularly using dental floss is incredibly beneficial to your overall oral health and any dentist would recommend you introduce it to your current dental routine.


That’s why we’ve come up with a few reasons as to why, being your dentist in Edinburgh, we would recommend you use floss more often.

Removes plaque

If you use dental floss at least once a day you’re already ahead of those that still don’t. Running a strip between your teeth can remove plaque and tartar build-up that can accrue over the day as you eat regular meals or snacks. If left alone this detritus can continue to increase to the point where you run the risk of serious tooth decay and cavities that will need to be treated with fillings.

Clears out stubborn food particles

Another example we, your dentist in Edinburgh  give is that it helps to clear out any food particles that are left hanging around after brushing. Flossing allows you to hit those hard to reach places such as between your molars and between the canines. Also, if you have crooked teeth it lets you get around those difficult to brush parts where food particles love to hide.

Helps reduce bleeding gums

Bleeding gums are never a pleasant experience and even though some of our patients may be a tad hesitant to use floss whilst their gums are bleeding for fear of further irritation, regularly flossing is shown to reduce these symptoms over time. In most cases bleeding gums can be a sign of poor oral health and by simply improving your hygiene routine by introducing floss you can easily avoid this.

Our talented team at Craigentinny Dental Care can help you reduce any bleeding gum symptoms you may have, as well as provide helpful information on how to keep further instances of it at bay.

Lowers your risk of gum disease

Keeping your gums healthy by regular flossing can also reduce your chances of gum disease in the long term. Not regularly cleaning out plaque and tartar can lead to inflammation, irritation and infection of your gums, which opens you up to diseases such as the dreaded gingivitis and other potentially serious oral health issues.

Provides a deep clean feeling

There is nothing better than that super, deep clean feeling after you leave our practice and by just introducing dental floss at least once or twice a day you can experience this feeling at home without having to wait for another appointment with us.

These are just a few interesting facts about flossing and why you should consider adding it to your current oral health routine. If you would like a recommendation or further tips on how to maximise your cleaning potential with flossing then have a chat with our team on your next visit.

If you are looking for a professional dental hygienist in Edinburgh, try Craigentinny Dental Care?

For over 25 years Craigentinny Dental Care has been delivering a first class dental service to its patients from around the Edinburgh area. We offer a wide range of treatments and have justifiably acquired a great reputation for an exceptional level of patient care.


Why do I need a dental hygienist in Edinburgh?

Why wait until you have a raging toothache to see a dental hygienist in Edinburgh? It is always a lot easier to have a check-up before the problems start, so you can head off trouble at the pass. If you have regular visits to the hygienist many problems can be prevented from occurring as dental health comes from a good dental hygiene. Many of us are anxious about visiting the dentist and do leave it until we have a toothache or even a swollen gum, which could be a sign of an abscess. By this time it is a clear sign that you will have to got to the dentist sooner rather than later or even have to book an emergency appointment. With advancements in dental techniques and equipment there is no need why your visit with a dentist or dental hygienist today should be anything other than comfortable. Staff at Craigentinny Dental Care are well trained in helping and understanding anxious and nervous patients and will work hard to put you at your ease and explain things to you. If you have missing, broken or damaged teeth, there is no need to put your hand over your mouth when you smile, give yourself the gift of a great smile and see your confidence and self-esteem soar. With Craigentinny Dental Care it’s never too late to make a good first impression.

About Craigentinny in Edinburgh

At Craigentinny Dental Care we put our patients firmly at the very forefront of everything we do. We pride ourselves on being approachable and friendly and many of our patients come by way of referrals from our existing patients. We provide a truly outstanding dental service to both young and old. We offer both NHS service and private care all under one roof. Our team is lead by our principal dentists Fraser Hendrie and John Booth who, along with other highly qualified dentists and their superb team of support staff, work together to deliver a truly exceptional level of dental service. We offer an impressive range of treatments and our integrated team is able to provide a specialist service in many areas of dentistry. We firmly believe that good oral health starts with an excellent dental routine, including regular check- ups and ongoing maintenance and we advocate this to all of our patients both young and old. Where treatment is required we offer a range of procedures to get you smiling again. For missing, broken or damaged teeth we offer a full sphere of restorative dentistry including implants, crowns, bridgework and dentures. If you are looking to acquire that knock out Hollywood smile we are pleased to offer the latest whitening treatments and porcelain veneers. We offer a wide and comprehensive payment options including interest free finance to spread the cost of your dental treatment with easy monthly payments.

Is there a dental practice that offers sedation dentistry in Edinburgh?

Craigentinny Dental Care  – we are a  trusted and reliable dental practice and have a well established reputation as a dentist in Edinburgh, having provided service for over 25 years.


 At Craigentinny Dental Care we love to exceed your expectations in both dental care and patient well-being. Creating great smiles and looking after your general dental health is what we do best!

What can I expect from Craigentinny Dental Care ?

Well one thing’s for sure – you can expect a warm welcome and some excellent dental care to start with! Our staff are trained to make you feel welcome when you stop by and visit us, because we believe that making you, the patient, feel at the very heart of the practice is a great place to start, in fact it runs throughout the very fabric of the practice. Firstly, we will need to assess your general health and we can do this by asking you to complete a very general questionnaire. Following this you will meet one of our team of dentists who will perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth and teeth and this will include screening your mouth for cancer and X-rays if required. Mouth cancer is on the rise and early detection and treatment can drastically improve the prognosis. Once we have a clearer picture of your oral health we can discuss treatment options with you if required and answer any questions you may have.

From preventive and general dentistry through to restorative and implant dentistry our team of highly qualified dentists offer an integrated team approach, ensuring you always receive the very best treatment in whatever you require. Our practice carries the very latest in dental technology and equipment, which helps us provide not only a comfortable and modern environment for our patients, but ensures we are able to deliver the very best treatment outcomes. Some of our patients suffer from dental phobia and we can offer intravenous sedation dentistry in Edinburgh. Intravenous sedation dentistry in Edinburgh is well established and can offer a good solution. If you need sedation dentistry in Edinburgh please ask for details and we will be pleased to go through the procedure with you. We offer both NHS service and private dentistry within the same practice, although some treatments will not be available on the NHS. We also offer an easy finance option which will allow you to spread the cost of your treatment with convenient monthly payments allowing you immediate access to treatment.

I am nervous about visiting a dentist and my teeth are in poor condition

It is never too late to make a good first impression and your smile is indeed your calling card. A great smile is your gift to yourself and will not only enhance your sense of well-being, it will fill you with an inner, radiant confidence and a new sense of yourself. We love watching how our patients really do start to feel great about themselves and well up with confidence when we complete their smile makeovers. Whether you have not been to the dentist in years and you have broken, missing or damaged teeth or you have a raging toothache, we of course have seen it all in 25 years. As for nervous patients we have had our fair share of people who are anxious and our specially trained team is on hand to talk to you and better understand why you may be anxious to try and put you at ease. Advancements in dental technology and treatment techniques allow us to perform most of the procedures whilst the patient is nothing other than comfortable. So why not let Craigentinny Dental Care look after your smile.