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Teeth Cleaning

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

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 (root- planing) and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated and can prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

Scale and polish in London

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.

Why Dental Cleaning Is Important?

A dental cleaning appointment is the one medical appointment that a person will miss says the Centre for Disease Control. Also according to the CDC, 71.4 percent of women over age 18 had their teeth cleaned in 2008. That means more than a quarter of all women are skipping the dentist.

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 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 Air Flow Teeth Cleaning?

Airflow hygiene session

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.

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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 periodontitis treatment.

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Teeth cleaning cost in London


The teeth cleaning cost in London is  from £87 (done by hygienist).
The dental hygiene treatment price is from £117 (done by dentist).

 

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