Our team of hygienists are here to put you back in control of your dental health. We want to give you a healthy smile that looks and feels wonderful!
Direct Access – did you know, you can book an appointment with one of our hygienists even if you are not a patient of Harley Street Dental Studio.
A hygienist is a dental professional who is trained specifically in the art of keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. At your dental check-up, the dentist will be looking mainly at the health of your teeth, your hygienist will be looking out for the health of your gums which is vital to maintaining your teeth.
Many people think that a hygienist will just clean their teeth, in fact there is a lot more to it than that. Your hygienist is able to provide a thorough clean that will achieve more than you are able to with a toothbrush at home.
We all know that sometimes life gets in the way of the perfect oral hygiene routine which is why we are here for you and recommend a couple of appointments each year to help keep you on the right track. A thorough clean from the hygienist will make it easier for you maintain a healthy mouth in between visits. Improved oral hygiene could even mean less visits to the dentist!
When asked what they liked best about Harley Street Dental Studio, one patient said ‘The great advice I always receive from Sally Goss. I have never left without Sally giving me some useful advice, tips and starter props!’
A. It is a common misconception that the hygienist makes your gums bleed. The bleeding is actually caused by your body’s protective response to plaque and bacteria on your teeth and gums. Any plaque that is not removed when brushing or flossing will irritate your gums and cause them to become inflamed and sometimes painful. As the hygienist removes this plaque, inflamed gums may bleed. With good brushing and regular visits to the hygienist this bleeding can be stopped.
A. Your dentist only has a limited amount of time to spend with you and their focus will be on assessing the health of your teeth to check the need for any restorations. They might provide a scale and polish, but this will be very quick. Your hygienist has a much longer appointment with you to spend time carrying out a thorough cleaning, they can also give you personalised advice on cleaning around bridges or implants and any special products that you should use.
A. Your hygiene treatment should not hurt. If you have particularly sensitive teeth or gums then we can use some anaesthetic to ease any pain. Please be sure to discuss this with your hygienist before and let them know during your treatment if anything is uncomfortable so that they can help you.
A. Our hygienists will use an ultrasonic scaler to clean your teeth. This can be quite noisy and some people find that a little frightening but it is actually very gentle. This vibrates at a high frequency which makes it great at quickly and easily removing plaque and tartar, it is also kinder to your teeth than a manual scaler. A water jet washes away the plaque and also cools and soothes your gums during the treatment.
A. The length of your appointment will vary depending on your individual need, but this is usually between 45 minutes to 1 hour. The first time you come to see us we will dedicate a full hour to you so that we have time to thoroughly assess the health of your mouth and discuss your needs and concerns.
A. The main role of your hygienist is to support you in maintaining excellent oral hygiene, it is important that you work together. This includes giving you lots of tailored advice on how best to brush at home. A really good oral hygiene routine will mean that plaque does not build up on your teeth and calculus (solidified plaque) does not have the chance to develop. Minimising the amount of plaque and calculus on your teeth will also help to prevent gum disease which is one of the main causes of tooth loss. The treatments that your hygienist offers will give you a ‘clean slate’ to make this maintenance easier.
A. This depends on the health and condition of your gums and can be as often as every 6 weeks or as few as every 6 months.