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Hygiene Therapy

Dental practice at 40 Harley Street, Central London

Regular dental hygiene visits (scale and polish) help keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile brighter. Scaling removes the hard tartar build-up which cannot be removed by brushing alone. Stains from tea, coffee, cigarettes or red wine are removed by careful polishing.

If you miss areas of plaque build-up around your teeth when cleaning or don’t attend regular dental hygienist visits, calculus or tartar (calcified deposits) forms on the teeth. This creates an ideal environment for more plaque formation and bacterial growth:

  • Plaque and bacteria cause inflammation of the gums which can lead to gum disease.
  • Calculus can form both above and below the gum line. Supragingival calculus (above the gum line) is the visible deposit that forms on the surface of the teeth. Subgingival calculus (below the gum line) forms in pockets between teeth and gums.
  • Subgingival calculus (below the gum line) is more harmful as it facilitates plaque growth and can lead to the loss of the support structure of the teeth. In extreme cases, teeth can become loose.

Taking care of your oral hygiene by visiting your dentist and hygienist at regular intervals alongside a thorough home maintenance regime of daily brushing and flossing routine is extremely important. It will give you a greater chance of keeping your teeth into old age.

Frequently asked questions

About hygiene therapy at 40 Harley Street

  1. What does hygiene therapy involve?

    Our experienced hygienists carry out routine scale and polish procedures to help improve, maintain and protect our patients’ dental health. Your hygienist will use a powered ultra-sonic scaler to remove most of the plaque and tartar build-up. This will be followed by gentle scaling with a hand scaler to remove any stubborn deposits or to reach more difficult areas.

    Finally, teeth are polished to remove any surface staining.

    Some patients prefer ultra-sonic scaling to hand scaling and vice versa. Your hygienist can tailor your treatment to meet your requirements.

  2. Do your dental hygienists provide any other services?

    Yes – our highly-trained and experienced hygienists provide invaluable dental health advice particularly in relation to your oral care at home. As important as your hygiene therapy visits are, they must be supported by effective brushing and flossing at home. Our hygienists will advise on the best dental care routine for your home maintenance regime and how to address any specific issues such as cleaning in-between closely-spaced teeth.

  3. How long does a hygiene therapy appointment take?

    Most patients are with the hygienist for around 45 minutes. Hygiene visits can be combined with a dental health check.

  4. Is hygiene therapy painful?

    Visiting the hygienist can be uncomfortable particularly initially, but largely resolves once a regular regime both at home and in the surgery is established. Your hygienist can use local anaesthetic if indicated. You can read more about this here.

*Individual results may vary.

Patient Stories


Read our patients’ success stories to see the difference treatment at 40 Harley Street can make.

I have been treated by Dr Lawrence for many years and I have nothing but praise for the experience and care he has given my teeth without fail.
It is a pleasure to be treated by him.