Hygiene & gum treatment

Dental hygiene clinic

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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Your Complete Guide to Dental Fitness & Health

A special report written by Dr Kala Jones

  • How to Prevent Tooth Decay & Gum Disease
  • Reducing Tooth Wear & Loss of Teeth
  • Signs of Mouth Cancer
  • How can you keep your teeth fit and healthy?
  • How should I teach my children to brush their teeth?
  • At what age should I take my children to the dentist?
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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.
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Flossing technique

Wrap 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.

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Jeremy Kavanagh
Jeremy Kavanagh
20:43 09 Sep 19
Great experience visiting The Dental Centre for the first time. Very friendly, helpful staff, a first class check up from the dentist and exceptional clean from the hygienist. Will definitely return. Thanks to everyone there for looking after me 😁👍🏻read more
Robert Doel
Robert Doel
14:46 16 Aug 19
Been to my second appointment at dental smiles had my impressions done it was a breeze, I have a diabolical gagging reflex so I did what Dr Patel asked me to do and I went through it without any gagging whatsoever, in past times at other dentists it was always a rush to get you in and out with no consideration for the patients but at dental smiles what they have to do you comes second the nerves disappear after a reassuring chat and gentle approach they go through everything without any problems, which is why this is the dental practice to head for when you have any problems what so ever, don't be afraid of this practice, they are out of this world, ggggreat workread more
bob dylan
bob dylan
10:15 28 Jul 19
Told I needed a crown for a simple filling which fell out. Decided to trust her word and get it done. When the temporary filling fell out, she was unavailable for a week, while I called every day, walking around with a hole in my mouth. Turns out she actually was in the practice, but was too keen to leave every day at 5pm to provide basic care to her customers. Also told I needed a filling on another tooth for a superficial spot of decay. Saw another dentist about this who advised this is an out of date practice - superficial decay can recover and is best left to heal until it becomes a problem. Now I suspect the crown was also overkill to hand out a larger bill. I was also advised to get a splint, which would cost £900 - the "Rolls Royce" of splints (how very professional...). Another dentist advised that this can be done for £450. Not the same "Rolls Royce" - but they at least provide a more affordable option. Takes ages to get appointments - don't expect anything for 2 weeks. Receptionist seems to think she runs the practice. Bottom line is this place is run as a business, not a health care facility. Private patients are subsidising care for students, but don't expect any better service for your hard earned money - you're just a number in their books, and they're going to try making that number as large as possible.read more
Toby Payne
Toby Payne
08:08 17 May 19
I had a really great experience here, as a student. Friendly, quick and easy to book appointments. An appointment of mine had to be rescheduled and the process was very straightforward and with no inconvenience, so am grateful to them for that. I would recommend to any London based students!read more
Giulia Barbareschi
Giulia Barbareschi
20:15 20 Feb 19
I have been a patient for over three years now. Everyone at the centre is great. Dr Au is extremely competent and always willing to explain the situation clearly so that the patients can make the best choice. The hygienists are very professional. The nurses are always nice and reassuring and the reception staff is lovely and super efficient.read more
Stefano De Luccia
Stefano De Luccia
14:25 23 Jan 19
I had a splint done with Dr. Jones and it was great. My jaw is already way better. I felt they really put a focus on patient care and its a really lovely environment. Highly recommend it.read more
Greg
Greg
16:44 18 Jan 19
Good price and friendly, but I was told I need a filling however another dentist (who family members have used and trusted for years) assured me that I don’t. I got the impression that they were more interested in me spending money than the health of my teeth. The dentist also recommended I pay something like £50 to attend a session on brushing. Overall not great.read more
Juliet Ellis
Juliet Ellis
09:15 18 Dec 18
Carla and her team have looked after my teeth for 5 years now and I have always received excellent service even though I can be an awkward patient particularly with taking impressions. Under her care I have become a less nervous dental patient. Gemma the hygienist also performs wonders to my teeth and in a very professional manner. The surgery has ultra modern equipment, with excellent reception staff who are always helpful. I highly recommend the practice.read more
Danny Dailey
Danny Dailey
09:24 03 Dec 18
These guys are on point!! A really client centred service the moment you walk through the door. I had a hygiene not too many weeks ago with Emma which was the best I've ever had. Also what i really like is the that elite professionalism of Dr Jones is reflected in her front of house staff too, Jeeva always does an excellent job at making me feel welcome and valued, I'm really glad i found this place.read more
Martin Wright
Martin Wright
19:07 06 Nov 18
Carla Jones at The Dental Centre has looked after my teeth for well over 10 years now, and has done a great job. I feel in very safe hands with her. All the staff are warm and personable, and manage to combine being friendly with being super-efficient - a rare combination!read more
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