Our dental hygienist service, available at our dental clinic in London, will improve your oral health and maintain a brighter whiter smile. Our experienced hygienist will professionally clean all of your teeth, remove staining and ensure healthy teeth and gums for life. You will also be provided with oral hygiene education, dietary and nutrition advice and bad breath advice to help you maintain your mouth in tip top condition all the time.
- Classic scale and polish (ultrasonic and/or hand scaling)
- Deep clean tailored for treating periodontal gum disease
- Smokers stain removal
- Teeth whitening
Here at the Wellington Clinic on the Kings Road in Chelsea, we believe that regular hygiene visits are crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and any advanced dentistry we may have provided for you such as dental implants.
Your teeth are held in place by a supporting structure made up of your gums, the underlying bone and ligament that surrounds each tooth root. In order for you to maintain health teeth and gums, all of these structures must be kept as healthy as possible.
Several studies have observed links between poor oral hygiene and coronary disease and diabetes. Other studies showed that women with gum disease were more likely than those with healthy gums to deliver preterm, low birth weight babies.
By maintaining healthy gums we reduce the risk of bacteria entering into our bodies. If your gums bleed when you brush of floss, then it is highly likely that some of this bacteria will enter your bloodstream therefore optimal gum health is vital to your overall well being and general health also.
During a visit to our dental practice, the hygienist will examine your gum health and advise/carry out the most suitable type of treatment. This can range from basic oral hygiene instruction and removal of tartar or more advanced periodontal treatment which aims to reduce/eliminate bone loss. Either way, a plan will be tailor made for you and discussed with you before treatment commences.
To find out more about dental hygiene, or to book an appointment at our dental clinic in London, call 020 3792 0484, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message using our online contact form.
Signs & symptoms of gum disease:
An increasing space between the teeth
Frequently asked questions about dental hygiene:
What causes gum disease?
Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria constantly form a sticky, colourless “plaque” on our teeth. Brushing and flossing will help to get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing cannot remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.
Are there different types of gum disease?
Gum Disease affects the supporting structures of the teeth. The longer plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums, this is called gingivitis. In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dental hygienist.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis (periodontal disease). In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. If ignored or untreated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
Who gets gum disease?
It is estimated that gum disease affects more than half of all adults in the UK to some degree and most people experience it at least once. It is much less common in children however. There are also some factors that may make you more susceptible to gum disease
Smoking – Need another reason to quit smoking? Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease. Also, smoking can lower the chances of successful treatment.
Hormonal changes in girls/women – These changes can make gums more sensitive and make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
Diabetes – People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing infections, including gum disease.
Other illnesses and their treatments – Diseases such as HIV and its treatments can also negatively affect the health of gums, as can treatments for cancer.
Medications – There are hundreds of prescription and over the counter medications that can reduce the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on the mouth. Without enough saliva, the mouth is vulnerable to infections such as gum disease.
Genetic susceptibility – Some people are just more prone to severe gum disease than others due to genetic predisposition.
How is gum disease treated?
Here at The Wellington Clinic our hygienist or Dentist will customise your treatment plan and discuss with you the type and extent of treatment that you may need. The main goals of treatment are to control the infection and ensure you are confident implanting an effective homecare routine. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good oral hygiene routine at home.
What is involved in a Deep Cleaning? (Scaling and Root Planing)
The dentist or dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.
How can I keep my teeth and gums healthy?
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and electric toothbrush
- Floss/ use inter-dental brushes regularly to remove plaque from between teeth
- Visit the dentist routinely for a check-up
- Visit the hygienist routinely for professional cleanings
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Don’t smoke
Why doesn’t the Dentist just clean my teeth instead of the hygienist?
Dental Hygienists are specially trained to look after gums specifically. Thorough professional cleaning plays a major role in maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Hygienists are also specially trained to provide tailored advice to patients to ensure they can have an effective home care routine. As the hygienist’s main focus is maintaining healthy gums they will have the opportunity to provide you with specific treatment, individual advice and a high standard of clinical care.