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Dental Hygiene

Why do you need dental hygiene treatment?

A professional dental hygiene routine will help to remove plaque from the teeth that sometimes can be missed even with meticulous brushing and flossing.

An appointment with a dental hygienist will include the scaling and polishing of your teeth to remove tartar. The treatment is quick and pain free and will involve the removal of food deposits and bacteria away from the teeth.

It is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months as part of a preventative routine. Even if you are thorough with your oral health routine at home a professional dental hygienist can examine or mouth and has the tools to deter any potential problems quickly.

Gum treatment

What is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene is concerned with oral health and focuses on keeping the mouth, gums and teeth clean and healthy to prevent infection.

A healthy mouth is one of the best ways to guard against common oral diseases such as bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, periodontitis, abscesses and gingivitis.

Dental hygiene is combination of professional dental care – regular check-up appointments, X-rays and polishes – and personal hygiene routines at home. At home daily brushing, flossing and rinsing is recommended for a healthy, clean mouth.

NHS Dental Costs

Band 1 treatment - £23.80

The basic level of NHS dental treatment covers the cost of routine check-ups at the dentist, diagnosis of problems, advice on preventing dental problems and a scale and polish if necessary. Emergency dental treatment such as temporary fillings also cost £23.80.

Band 2 treatment - £65.20

Additional NHS dental treatment including root canal surgery, fillings or tooth extractions are covered in Band 2 as well as any treatment that falls within Band 1.

What signs to look for

Dental hygiene treatments can spot and help to prevent many oral diseases. If you think you may be suffering from one of the following please book an appointment at Blackheath Dental practice.

Bad breath

An unpleasant odor of the mouth (bad breath) can be caused by many factors including food, tobacco, poor dental hygiene, some medication, a dry mouth or as a side effect of an oral infection.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay is the process where tooth enamel softens caused by plaque acids as they breakdown sugar constituents in the mouth.


When plaque acids reach the layer of the tooth beyond enamel, known as dentine, it can cause a root cavity or hole in the tooth.


Periodontal bacteria within the mouth can cause inflammation of the gum soft tissue and the surrounding bone structure of the teeth.


A tooth abscess can occur at the tip or side of a tooth root and is characterised by a small sack of pus caused by a bacterial infection.


Gingivitis is a non-threatening form of gum disease caused by a coating of bacteria or plaque on the teeth but if left untreated can lead to periodontitis.

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