Hygiene and gum treatment

Dental hygiene clinic in London

Dental hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist and play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with gum health – showing people correct home care and helping to keep the teeth and gums healthy.

What does a dental hygienist do?

Their main work is to professionally clean the patient’s teeth, called ‘scaling and polishing’ but their most important role is showing people the best way to keep their teeth free of plaque, the sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth.

They also give advice on diet and preventing dental decay. Hygienists are also on hand to remove stains on teeth that can build up from a busy lifestyle – such as smoking, red wine , tea, coffee etc.

They will also give you the knowledge on how you can be more efficient in cleaning at home so you are not waiting for your next hygiene visit to have your mouth feel cleaner.

When you go to visit your dental hygienist you will be given an initial score and assessment on the condition of your teeth and gums. Over the course of your treatment, each time you visit, we will assess your continuing teeth and gum condition against the initial score. You then be able to see if your dental hygiene and oral healthcare routine is improving over time. This provides an accurate way of measuring your oral healthcare and ensuring that you are staying healthy in the long term.

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How to clean your teeth

In order to ensure that your teeth stay as fit and healthy between each six monthly visit to our hygienist in London we recommend that you follow this daily healthcare routine. You should clean your teeth at least twice per day in the morning after breakfast and just before going to bed at night. The easiest way to do this is to divide your mouth into four equal sections, top and bottom, left and right. And then clean in the following sequence

  1. clean your teeth on the top left
  2. clean your teeth on the top right
  3. clean your teeth on the lower left
  4. clean your teeth on the lower right

You should also remember that your teeth also have three surfaces to them.

  • the tongue side
  • the cheeks side
  • the biting surface
Spend a short amount of time on each surface of each tooth. If you split the quadrants into 30 seconds each you will spend 2 min over all cleaning your teeth twice per day.
It is also recommended that you floss your teeth each day. When you clean with a toothbrush you can only reach the three surfaces of your tooth as mentioned before, however there are other sections of your tooth where they touch that you cannot clean with a toothbrush. Using dental floss will allow you to clean between your teeth ensuring that you remove any food residues in these difficult to reach areas.

Flossing technique

dental flossWrap the dental floss around the index finger of each hand pulling it taught. Then insert the floss between each tooth moving it gently up and down against the back of one tooth and the front of the next.
Pop the floss out from between your teeth, wind it a little around your finger onto a clean area of floss, and repeat with the next tooth. Simply move around all of your teeth flossing between all of them to ensure that your entire mouth is clean.
If you follow this routine daily then you will be sure to do everything you can to keep your teeth for life.

Dental hygienist cost

A visit to our hygienist costs £55, this includes a full oral healthcare check, a detailed assessment of your oral health and your daily care routine, a deep clean on all of your tooth surfaces to ensure that all plaque is removed and finally a polish to ensure that your teeth not only look good but have a smooth surface which results in less plaque adhesion.