Hygienist in Harley Street, London
Dental Hygiene Therapy at 75 Harley Street is focused on maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. We can show you how to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.
What does this mean? Direct access means you can now make an appointment with our dental hygienist without a dental examination first. Whether you are an existing patient or you just want a private scale & polish contact us on 020 7935 3914 to book an appointment or fill in our enquiry form here.
A buildup of plaque and tartar is the main cause of gum disease. Flossing between the teeth and brushing twice a day will help to remove the buildup of deposits. Along with regular visits to the dentist, we can help keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
While bad breath originates in the mouth 80% of the time, at other times it is a symptom of an underlying disease that needs the earliest possible treatment.
Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases of the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. Certain illnesses such as diabetes, liver or kidney problems, nasal or stomach conditions and "dry mouth" (xerostomia) that affects the flow of saliva can be the cause of bad breath.
Our hygienists are highly skilled and offer a range of services to help maintain a healthy smile. Our aim is to prevent and protect through regular hygiene appointments supported by dental examinations.
Please book your appointment so that we can examine your teeth and help to keep plaque and tartar at bay.
Please read our FAQs about oral hygiene below for further information.
Is gum disease a factor?
Periodontal, or gum disease, affects the gums and bone supporting your teeth. It is caused by sticky plaque and hard deposits of tartar. It happens when teeth and gums are not kept clean enough. Without regular cleaning the gums will come away from the tooth creating pockets around the teeth where food and plaque can collect. Pockets are difficult to keep clean and gum disease will get worse if no treatment is not carried out. The next stage of the disease will involve loosing the bone that supports the teeth and the teeth will become loose until they will have to be taken out. Severe gum disease can be an inherited factor or an indicator of problems with general health.
Scientists have discovered that periodontal disease is linked to coronary heart disease and stroke, especially for people who smoke or have high blood pressure.
What is the treatment for bad breath?
Once we have determined the degree and cause of the breath problem, the treatment can take many forms. If medical problem are found to be the underlying cause of bad breath, proper referral will be made. Recommendation will be made by the dentist to correct and treat any dental disease that is directly related to the breath problem or gum disease.
The Hygienist will monitor and chart the condition of your gums before and after root planing and scaling. She will instruct in the best way to brush your teeth and gums and will advise on best devices and products to use as an effective home care program to destruct the volatile sulfur gases.
In some patients with high decay rate the Hygienist will perform a SALIVA TEST which acts as a screening aide for dental caries and can determine the presence of plaque retentive sites with high bacterial counts.