The hygienists aim is to provide patients with the very best treatment for their needs in a friendly and relaxed environment. After you have seen a hygienist, your mouth will feel fresh and clean. However, the main role of hygienists is prevention. They offer tailor made oral hygiene advice appropriate to your needs. They will also remove the plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) that build-up on your teeth which is the cause of gum disease and tooth decay. Your efforts in cleaning your teeth are fundamental to the success of any gum treatment, so this is important!