Direct Access Dental Hygienist Appointments in London
Due to changes in legislation, you are now able to book an appointment directly with a dental hygienist in central London without having to see a dentist first. Please remember, however, that seeing one of our hygienists is not a substitute for regular dentist check-ups.
Why see a dental hygienist in London?
Dental hygiene is concerned with the health of your teeth, gums, mouth and can even extend to your throat. Getting good oral health and teeth cleaning advice from a hygienist is critical, otherwise it can lead to embarrassing and potentially serious conditions.
Poor oral health and teeth cleaning can cause:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Visible buildup of plaque and tartar on teeth
- Stained teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth decay
- Loose teeth and even tooth loss
Symptoms like bad breath and teeth staining can interfere with your social life and daily activities, making it difficult to eat or speak and making you self-conscious about your smile. One of the more serious concerns is the effect poor oral health and teeth cleaning can have on your overall health.
A poorly-maintained mouth and poor teeth cleaning can be a bacterial breeding ground and, if you neglect or ignore your oral hygiene, it can lead to gum disease over time (also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis). Bacteria associated with periodontitis can enter the bloodstream via bleeding gums and has been linked to the following conditions among people:
- Heart disease
- Generalised inflammation
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Lung disease
How can a hygienist help?
In addition to following a thorough oral health regimen at home, including cleaning teeth properly twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, proper toothbrush and flossing at least once daily, it’s important to visit the hygienist on a regular basis to prevent future problems. A professional hygienist at our central London practice is specially trained to not only give your teeth a much more thorough clean than you can achieve at home, but also to check for early warning signs of more serious developments such as periodontitis and even oral cancer.
Specifically, a professional hygienist will:
- Review your past medical and dental history
- Assess the current health of your mouth and surrounding tissue
- Provide treatment at our London clinic over time using the latest technology, including comfort aids such as numbing agents (see more here)
- Provide people with oral health education, such as how to brush teeth, and advice plus product recommendations
- Send you home from our clinic with a tailored treatment plan to maintain your oral health, fresh breath, good teeth cleaning practices and prevent future issues
- Recommend specialist treatment where necessary
Another advantage of visiting one of our eight hygienists at our practice in the city of London is that we use the latest AirFlow technology, which uses a fine stream of air mixed with water and fine powder to polish your teeth properly and remove stains and plaque / biofilm. AirFlow provides a gentler and more effective teeth cleaning than traditional scale and polish treatments and can reach farther under the gum line than conventional scaling.
In addition to treating gum disease and giving your teeth a thorough clean, a hygienist visit at The Dental Surgery clinic is a great way to prepare your teeth for whitening treatment, or to maintain your whiter smile after you’ve had it done. Sessions with the hygienist are also recommended during orthodontic treatment and following restorative treatments such as implants, or the placement of crowns and bridges, that require special care.
Book a consultation
At The Dental Surgery we work with you on an individual basis and budget to tailor your specific requirements. Give us a call today to discuss arrange a consultation in which we can discuss the best options for you, or alternatively complete the form on this page and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange your consultation.