Why you should see a dental hygienist in London
Most people know that they should brush their teeth with toothpaste at least twice a day to keep their teeth healthy, but do they know what exactly will happen if they don’t? The answer is that food debris in the mouth attracts bacteria, which process the sugars left on your teeth and produce an acid that can break down tooth enamel and irritate the gums.
The longer this goes unchecked, the more a coating of plaque will build up on your teeth and around the gumline. This can harden into calculus over time, which is even more difficult to remove without professional dental cleaning. The more bacteria and plaque are present, the more likely they will erode the teeth and spread under the gumline, leading to gum disease.
This is why dentists and dental hygienists in London and around the world will advise patients to brush their teeth thoroughly morning and night – and floss between their teeth, too – to remove deposits on their teeth and prevent bacteria from building up.
However, while a good daily brushing routine should keep plaque and calculus at bay, professional teeth cleaning by a trained dental hygienist is the best way to ensure your teeth and gums are completely clean. They can reach the parts of your teeth and gums that you might be missing with your toothbrush and floss, helping to avoid cavities and gum disease.
Just as dentists advise patients to have their teeth routinely checked at least once a year, it’s also recommended to visit a dental hygienist for a ‘scale and polish’ treatment at least once every 6 months to a year. You may also be expected to have your teeth professionally cleaned before undergoing dental treatment, such as implants or orthodontics.
What happens at a dental hygienist appointment?
When you come to Finsbury Dental Care for a dental hygienist visit, one of our qualified dental hygienists will first examine your teeth and gums to look for any obvious signs of plaque or calculus on the teeth and inflammation or bleeding of the gums.
They will then probe the gumline around each tooth to perform a periodontal examination, checking how far it can go under the gum. This can cause some discomfort if you have a pocket under the gum where bacteria has been building up, but the point of this test is to identify areas with pockets so they can be addressed.
Each part of your mouth will be given a score concerning the presence of calculus, bleeding after probing, or pockets larger than 3.5mm. The dental hygienist can then proceed to remove plaque and calculus from your teeth using a scaler, and finish by polishing your clean teeth.
At Finsbury Dental Care, we offer a standard hygiene treatment for £95, and an enhanced hygiene treatment for £139 that includes an air polish treatment. This uses advanced equipment to gently remove surface stains with a non-abrasive mix of air, water, and sodium bicarbonate powder for immediately cleaner and whiter teeth.
Finally, when your teeth have been scaled and polished, the dental hygienist will discuss the problem areas they found during these processes and explain what you can do to prevent these issues from happening again. They will provide tailored advice on techniques to follow, and can refer you to a dentist if there are cavity concerns or a periodontist if severe gum disease is present.
What are the benefits of dental hygiene treatment?
Dental hygiene treatments can be beneficial for every dental patient, because dental hygienists in London have the technology to clean teeth much more comprehensively than you can by yourself, reaching areas that you might find harder to reach.
Not only does getting your teeth and gums professionally cleaned help to reduce your risk of developing harmful gum disease and tooth decay, but the high success rate of the deep cleaning treatment can reveal dramatic results in just one appointment.
With effective removal of plaque and lightening of surface discolouration, polished teeth feel much cleaner and smoother, and look much healthier, too. Not only will your natural smile be enhanced, but eliminating bacteria build-up can also prevent bad breath – making you feel more confident in your smile and everyday life.
Personalised oral hygiene advice from an expert can also be invaluable, helping you to change your habits to maintain your oral health as much as possible at home. The better you take care of your teeth, the less likely you are to need more expensive treatments in the future for oral health problems – saving you money over time!
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If your teeth are otherwise healthy but feeling and looking worse for wear thanks to ongoing plaque build-up, it’s best to book a dental hygienist appointment for a professional cleaning treatment. You don’t have to see a dentist first, though you should still be keeping up with routine check-ups – direct access means you can book directly with our dental hygienists.
At Finsbury Dental Care, we currently have two dedicated dental hygienists on our team – Nadia Khan (GDC No. 268179) and Evie Dawson (GDC No. 115719). Regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC), our talented hygienists focus on maintaining tooth and gum health to protect your overall health, offering a stress-free environment and non-judgemental advice.
So, whether you’re an existing patient returning to our practice or would like to schedule a private scale and polish in London, please get in touch to arrange your dental hygiene visit. Call 020 7638 6556, email [email protected], or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page to start your journey towards sparkling clean teeth today.