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8F Gilbert Place, London WC1A 2JD
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Teeth Cleaning London

What problem does it solve?

Tartar build-up on your teeth is not only an aesthetic problem, it can also lead to the development of cavities and it is considered the primary factor in gum disease. As tartar bonds strongly to enamel, it can be only removed by a dental professional. Having your teeth cleaned professionally at most every 6 months plays an essential role in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay.

Expected treatment time or appointment:

1 appointment, 30-60 mins

Scale and polish in Central London

We provide an indispensable deep cleaning treatment that your teeth need to remain healthy and fight off infections. Realistically your oral care at home is not enough, and you should have hygiene sessions every six months, to ensure that the roots of your teeth and gums are clean to the extent possible! If this is not done often, dental hygiene is classified as low.

  • Indispensable to retain good oral hygiene
  • Your number one preventative measure against serious oral diseases
  • Necessary before oral surgery and dental implants

A dental cleaning—usually performed by a dental hygienist-- is a very effective procedure for the removal of tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine brushing. Because it is essential to remove the tartar below the gum-line as well as above it, getting your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist at least twice a year is a must.

Teeth cleaning with special dental tools removes harmful plaque, calculus (hardened plaque), and bacteria that otherwise can’t be removed at home by simply brushing or flossing- regardless of how vigorously you brush or floss. Professional teeth cleaning will include tooth scaling and root planing and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated and can prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

Scaling and root planing with Tooth polishing

Even the most rigorous and careful at-home oral hygiene routine will leave the mouth with some trace amounts of bacteria because not all parts of the mouth are accessible when cleaning your own teeth. In a way even if you floss and use mouthwash, there is still the tooth roots and the areas beneath the gum line that accumulate bacteria and can be the cause of tooth decay, periodontitis also known as gum disease and countless other dental problems as well.

Every half a year or so, professional dental cleaning is needed as a preventative measure and an oral health booster. The best you can do is to see a dental hygienist near you to get proper advice on maintaining a good oral health!

A professional hygiene treatment or deep cleaning entails the hygienist cleaning out the food detritus and plaque or hardened tartar from the tooth surfaces and tooth gaps. It also entails root planing and a scaling, which means the dentist will remove all of the accumulated gunk from the gum line as well, and will also prevent the formation of cavities by spotting them early and removing the cavity agents. This session can also be tied in with an oral cancer screening and a consultation session, in case the patient needs any further dental treatments.

Hygienist appointments

A dental cleaning can be thought of as an investment for our patients and as such, it is one that will save you a ton of money in the future. Oral hygiene sessions are classified into three categories, each with a set price.

Depending on which category your oral hygiene stands at, the work needed and how much chair time is needed will be different. Our dental hygienist highly recommends a consistent twice a year hygiene appointment to prevent expensive and potential painful dental treatments which may be needed in the future.

The shortest hygiene session is around 20 minutes, while the longest lasts about one hour, but is reserved for only the most extreme cases, and these sessions can last shorter the more frequently you get them. As a true time saver, we recommend getting the treatment every half year check-up which is a necessary part of your oral health and is highly recommended.

What is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one's oral cavity clean and free of disease and other problems (e.g. bad breath) by regular brushing of the teeth (dental hygiene) and adopting good hygiene habits. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of dental disease and bad breath. The most common types of dental disease are tooth decay (cavities, dental caries) and gum diseases, including gingivitis, and periodontitis.

Why Dental Cleaning Is Important?

Cleaning your teeth will not only prevent the obvious dental problems from occurring but will also provide cosmetic benefits while helping to prevent other physical ailments down the road. Let’s look at a few things that teeth cleaning in London does:

  • Prevents Tooth Decay- this is obvious but shouldn’t be overstated
  •  Prevents Gum Disease- plaque build-up leads to the bacteria that causes all sorts of problems
  • Freshens your breath- maybe not as important as other benefits but a worthwhile outcome
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and oral cancer because what remains lurking and unattended to in the mouth finds its way into the bloodstream

What Happens During a Scale and Polish Session?

For most patients,  teeth cleaning is simple and painless. Knowing exactly what is going on during the process can help ease your stress and allow you to better enjoy the minty-fresh results.

1. The physical exam

Most teeth cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they start with a physical exam of your entire mouth. The dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other potential concerns. If they detect major problems, the dental hygienist might call the dentist to make sure it’s fine to proceed.

2. Plaque and tartar removed

With the small mirror to guide them, the dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. You’ll hear scraping, but this is normal. The more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time they’ll need to scrape a particular spot.

Brushing and flossing stop plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. Once you have tartar, you can only have it removed at your dentist’s office. So if this is your least favourite part of the teeth cleaning process, the lesson is to brush and floss more often.

3. Gritty toothpaste cleaning

After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric brush which makes a grinding noise. While it sounds scary, it’s a great way to get a deep clean and remove any tartar left behind from the scaler. Professional cleanings use toothpaste that smells and tastes like regular toothpaste, though you can often choose between flavors. However, it has a gritty consistency that gently scrubs your teeth. If done by a professional, this polishing of the teeth is deemed safe to do twice a year. But don’t be as harsh with your teeth at home, because you’ll wear down the enamel.

4. Expert flossing

Whether you floss regularly at home or not, nothing beats an expert flossing session. Your dental hygienist can get deep between your teeth and locate any potential trouble spots where you might bleed at the gums. This might seem pointless if you floss at home, but having a professional floss your teeth also removes any leftover plaque or toothpaste from earlier in the cleaning process.

5. Fluoride applied

The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth to help fight against cavities for several months. Your dental hygienist may ask you what flavour you like best. They’ll then place the foamy gel (or sometimes a sticky paste) into a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth. It’s usually left on your teeth for one minute. Besides the foamy gel, fluoride varnish is also painted onto the teeth with a small brush. Fluoride varnish will harden when in contact with saliva, so you can eat and drink immediately after.

A dental cleaning can be thought of as an investment, and as such, it is one that will save you a ton of money in the future. Oral hygiene sessions are classified into three categories, each with a set price, the lowest being only 47 pounds. Which category you are in depends on how much work is needed to clean your teeth, and how much chair time is needed to complete the task.

Some patients think that by not having their teeth cleaned they are saving money. Just the opposite is true. You will avoid more costly future procedures later by having dental cleanings regularly. We at Forest & Ray know differently. That is why we encourage you to come in at least twice a year to maintain good oral health and that beautiful smile. Contact us for a cleaning today!

What is Airflow Teeth Cleaning?

Teeth Cleaning London

This unique teeth whitening session has the advantage of being the most gentle method of teeth whitening but is also highly effective at removing stains and plaque from the tooth surfaces.

The Airflow device uses a high powered stream of sodium bicarbonate, water and air to remove stains from the affected teeth. The effect is similar to a scale and polish session, where the polishing makes the teeth surface really smooth.

Treatment Process

The powdered sodium bicarbonate removes stains from the tooth surfaces, while the water washes them off of the affected areas. The result is the smile that has a natural polish and white shine to it.

The treatment does not damage the tooth enamel (our hygiene service consists of a careful clean) and after the polishing that is part of this treatment, plaque will not be able to stick to your enamel.

Airflow teeth polishing is the superior way to remove the stains and discoloration caused by smoking or by drinking red wine, tea, and coffee. it whitens teeth while thoroughly removing  harmful dental plaque. It can be used to clean and open fissures before sealing and is the best cleaning method to use before bonding. It has fast become the go-to teeth cleaning for dental professionals.

Why Choose Airflow Stain Removal?

Cleaner, whiter teeth not only make you look and feel good, they also ensure fresh breath, help you feel confident, give you a brighter smile, and are a vital part of maintaining healthy oral hygiene.  Airflow polishing is double-good because not is only is it the most effective cleaning method for removing stubborn, unsightly stains, and dangerous plaque but it is also the most comfortable for you, the patient.  Importantly, it can get at plaque below the gum-line to prevent future problems like periodontal disease.
Air polishing, unlike some cleaning procedures, is a painless, fast and non-invasive method of cleaning. The non-toxic powder used in air polishing is also more pleasant and less gritty than the heavy paste used in traditional polishing.  It seemingly doesn’t touch the teeth as it thoroughly does the cleaning job. It even comes in flavours, such as spearmint, to enhance the patient’s pleasure. And, if you suffer like so many of our patients with sensitivity especially whilst cleaning, then you’ll love the air flow polisher.

Additional Airflow Advantages

Airflow polishing is certainly more comfortable than the abrasive cleaning methods of the past.  Because it doesn’t come in contact with the teeth and avoids heat and vibration, air flow polishing is ideal for those who suffer from sensitive teeth. But it also has some other benefits which could save you money in the long run.  For example, the high-pressure airflow treatment can blast away at slight decay occurring near the surface of the teeth so that time-consuming and expensive drilling may not be necessary later. Airflow polishing can also encourage the re-mineralization of damaged teeth. Who knows how much costly dental work down the road it may prevent?

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We highly recommend this treatment to anyone who smokes, drinks coffee or tea, or to anyone who has a tendency to accumulate tartar, or have gingivitis or periodontitis. Tartar removal with Airflow technology is a part of periodontal treatment.

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Teeth cleaning cost in London

The teeth cleaning cost in London is  from £99 (done by hygienist).
The dental hygiene treatment price is from £139 (done by dentist).



We are located in Camden, Holborn close to Westminster W1 near Soho, London

Our address is: 8F Gilbert Place, Holborn (next door to Bloomsbury), London, WC1A 2JD. About Camden: Lincoln's Inn Fields is a neighbourhood in the extreme south of the borough that is only 500 metres from the Thames. The northern part of the borough is home to Kentish Town, Hampstead, and Hampstead Heath, which are less populous districts. Numerous parks and open areas may be found in the London Borough of Camden. City of Westminster (near Soho, London) and the City of London are the next-door boroughs, followed by Brent to the west of what was once Roman Watling Street (now the A5 Road), Barnet and Haringey to the north, and Islington to the east. It encompasses all or a portion of the following postcode areas: N1, N6, N7, N19, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, EC1, WC1, WC2, W1, and W9.
The borough of Camden also includes Bloomsbury, known for its garden squares. To the west, the fashionable district of Marylebone is rich in shops and restaurants, while the prestigious Mayfair extends slightly into Camden. Covent Garden, famed for its entertainment and market, adds to Camden's vibrancy. Bordering the east of the borough are Clerkenwell and Farringdon, hubs for the design industry and renowned for their mix of old and new architecture. Although Lambeth and South Bank are located south of the Thames and not within Camden, they contribute to the broader cultural scene that Camden residents can easily access. To the east of Camden, beyond Islington, lies the diverse and bustling borough of Hackney, which provides a distinct cultural blend of its own. Wimpole Street and Harley Street (very close to Camden) are famous for the high number of private health care providers, especially dentists.

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