Preventative dentistry is at the heart of everything we do at LPID and good oral hygiene is a fundamental element of maintaining a healthy and attractive smile.  Your dedicated dental hygienist plays just as important a role as your dentist in looking after the health of your teeth and gums and should never be overlooked.

Even those with minimal dental issues are recommended to visit their hygienist twice a year in between their routine dental check-ups. For those patients with fitted restorations such as; crowns, veneers, fillings, dentures, implants or those who have experienced an episode of periodontal disease, hygiene visits should happen much more frequently at usually 3-4 times per year.


What is a Hygienist?

Dental hygienists are specially trained to provide an enhanced service that not only keeps your mouth healthy but encourages and mentors you in how to maintain good oral hygiene long term. Dental hygienists are also trained to show you specifically how to maintain any restorations in your mouth such as crowns, veneers and implants to ensure the longevity of your treatments.

The purpose of a visit to our hygiene clinic is to lengthen the life span of your teeth and your dental treatments, to promote all round good oral health and to potentially spot any concerning signs early so that problems can be referred and treated efficiently.


What happens during a hygienist appointment?

Hygienists offer a professional teeth cleaning service which you may hear referred to as a ‘’scale and polish our hygienist team will also perform a specialised technique to ensure tartar build up both above and below the gum line is removed. It’s tartar and bacteria which can cause many dental issues such as; gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath (halitosis) and even tooth loss.  During your appointment your hygienist will carry out an initial dental hygiene examination followed by a thorough clean and finally provide you with tailored advice on how you should be continuing your homecare routine in between sessions.

Typically, a hygiene appointment will take place as below:

  1. Teeth are scaled to remove any plaque or tartar build-up in those more vulnerable areas of the mouth that brushing alone cannot easily to reduce the higher risk of developing problems
  2. A clean and polish is performed to remove any superficial stains on your teeth and brighten your smile.
  3. Tailored advice is then offered to help you maintain good oral health at home in between appointments. Your hygienist may also provide general advice about your diet and how to make changes to prevent erosion, ageing.

What is the importance of attending my hygienist appointment?

Regular professional dental maintenance will help you keep your teeth free of decay, gum disease and looking great. Our hygiene team is friendly and caring and above all specialised. They will help you understand which areas of your mouth are hard to reach and show you how to maintain these areas easily at home so problems are less likely to arise.

 If your dental specialist has already diagnosed gum disease, bone loss or gingivitis (gum inflammation) our dental hygienists will follow with a treatment plan designed specifically for you to treat your condition appropriately with the most up to date techniques available.


  • Benefits of attending regular Hygiene appointments

There are many benefits to attending regular dental hygiene appointments – the main ones are listed below:


  • Controlling gum disease and stopping/slowing its progression

Gum disease can be treated and even arrested when caught in the early stages. Later stages of gum disease can cause bleeding and painful gums, bad breath and loose teeth. A hygienist will not only help treat your gum disease once the initial periodontal initial treatment phase is complete but will provide you with knowledge of how you can prevent it from reappearing in between sessions.


  • Preventing bad breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is usually caused by an underlying dental problem. A build-up of bacteria or plaque around the teeth or under the gum line is what typically causes an odour and only a professional hygienist scale and polish will be able to resolve this.


  • A whiter smile

Over time, staining of the teeth can occur and can build up so that regular at home brushing techniques are no longer effective at removing them. These stains are often caused by consuming high colour foods and drinks such as; tea, coffee, tobacco, red wine. Our hygienists use advanced techniques to remove these stains and restore your teeth to their natural whiteness.


  • Preventing oral cancer

As well as helping to maintain your smile, our dedicated hygienist team will be looking out for the early signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is highly curable when detected early and your hygienist will offer you how you can reduce the risk factors for oral cancer.


How often should I visit a hygienist?

It may be recommended by your dentist that you visit the hygienist quite regularly, especially if you have experienced any dental or periodontal (gum) related issues in the past. The frequency of visits will be determined by your clinical needs but also by your own personal desire to have your teeth cleaned and polished regularly. The BDA (British dental association) recommends 2 hygiene visits per year in between routine dental check-ups (for those with no underlying oral health issues) and 3-4 hygiene appointments per year for those with underlying dental or periodontal issues. The aim is to protect your natural teeth or restorations from unnecessary damage and ultimately make them last.

 Your dentist may recommend that you see a hygienist for a thorough clean before beginning a complex dental treatment such as dental implants, braces, Invisalign or large restorative treatments.

For more information about visiting our Hygiene clinic please call: 0207 563 9989