Dental Hygiene in London

Beautiful teeth and a self-confident smile signal joy and personal success. They exude good health too. Our dental hygienists are here to keep it that way. To maintain a meticulous quality of care we send our prevention team on regular continuing professional development courses.

Treatment Duration

60 minutes


From £165

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25+ years

Recovery Time


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Written by: Ms Jennifer Boardman

Clinically reviewed by: Dr Raul Costa

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    Dental hygiene is simply the performance of professional teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist. Regular dental hygiene treatment is the most effective and safest method to maintain both healthy and beautiful teeth for life. It also prevents gum disease very effectively. Our dental specialists provide patients with a meticulous standard of quality care by offering you careful check-ups with individual advice on all aspects of oral hygiene and nutritional best practices.

    What happens during a dental hygiene appointment?

    Rest assured that this work is exclusively performed by experienced and professional hygienists who form an integral part of our prevention team here at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic.

    The traditional step-by-step dental hygiene appointment for professional teeth cleaning is as follows:

    • The area above your gums is subject to thorough cleaning using ultrasonic devices
    • The plaque is then removed even from difficult to reach areas using special hand-held tools
    • Polishing pastes are applied to remove any remaining discolourations from the teeth
    • Polishing pastes are also used to help smooth the surface of the teeth to make them shine
    • Your hygienist may recommend methods and ways you can improve your own hygiene, guidance on brushing and flossing, how to avoid gum disease and tartar and information about what can cause oral health issues (e.g. bacterium, plaque, tartar and gum disease)

    Meet your award-winning Dental Hygienist …

    • We have over 75+ years of combined dentistry experience across our specialist team.
    • 10,000+ treatments performed and counting.
    • We are leaders in the dental industry – we regularly teach, lecture and publish our research work internationally.

    Dental Hygienist costs

    Dental hygiene with guided biofilm therapy


    Dental hygiene for children up to 12 years


    Dental hygiene under local anaesthetic


    Dental hygiene for All-on-4 cases

    For one arch
    From £350

    Dental hygiene for All-on-4 cases

    For two arches
    From £475

    Our Expertise

    Whenever you need to take care of your smile – in an emergency, during routine care or when booking cosmetic dentistry – you naturally seek a qualified, skilled and experienced dental professional whom you can trust to deliver the premium dental care you expect at every appointment.

    We would like you to consider placing your trust in our central London clinic because:

    Specifically for dental hygiene, we send our prevention team, including our dental hygienists, on regular continued professional development courses to ensure their information, advice, knowledge and skills are up to date to deliver the highest quality care to our patients.

    We offer EMS air-flow technology during a dental hygiene appointment with us which is based on innovative technology that comfortably removes plaque and discolourations from your teeth as an alternative to other teeth whitening methods. The high gloss polishing fluoridation which follows can provide you with the restoration of a radiant smile.

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    Who is suitable for dental hygiene?

    Our team would encourage all our dental patients to make an appointment with our dental hygienist to discuss their individual needs regarding a regular schedule of professional teeth cleaning.

    Optimum dental hygiene is the best tool to equip yourself with when looking to achieve preventative care of your teeth and gums to safeguard your smile for years to come as well protect against oral issues such as excessive tooth decay, infection, gum disease and bad breath.

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    Professional dental hygiene – why we do it is explained in this video

    Dental hygiene – theory

    Professional dental hygiene – Part I – necessary theoretical knowledge

    Cleaning the natural teeth

    Professional dental hygiene – Part II – cleaning the natural teeth

    Cleaning crowns and bridges

    Professional dental hygiene – Part III – cleaning crowns and bridges

    Cleaning implants

    Professional dental hygiene – Part IV – cleaning implants

    Cleaning removable dentures

    Professional dental hygiene – Part V – cleaning removable dentures

    What is a dental hygienist?

    The NHS defines the career of a dental hygienist as forming an important part of the dental team, preventing dental problems in both adults and children.

    Dental hygienists, just like your dentist, prioritise saving teeth for their patients as the optimum clinical outcome. A hygienist evaluates a patient’s oral health during a careful check-up, including both the condition of the teeth and the gums as presented. Ensuring that you’re kept informed on how undesirable dental issues such as plaque, decay, tartar, bad breath and other bacteria can cause further dental complications is essential for your long-term dental health.

    How long is a hygienist appointment?

    The duration of a hygienist appointment varies depending on the condition of the teeth and gums as presented. A normal appointment length is between 50 and 55 minutes. To minimise the time you may need during a hygienist appointment it can be advisable to book a schedule of regular check-ups as directed and to practice the highest standards of oral hygiene in between your appointments with our team. After your initial consultation with us, we will be best placed to advise you in detail about your individual case, as presented to us.

    How much is a hygienist appointment?

    A dental hygiene visit is charged at £180. This includes dental hygiene, the services of a nurse and all personal protective equipment. Please contact us for further details regarding our current fees for dental hygiene appointments. You can also book online.

    How often should you see a dental hygienist?

    The optimum schedule of regular dental hygiene appointments for you on an individual basis can be best determined and then advised after your initial consultation with your dentist. We usually advise regularly six monthly check-ups with both your dentist and hygienist to make sure that you have a healthy mouth and healthy smile.

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    What does a dental hygienist do?

    A dental hygienist conducts professional teeth cleaning and hygiene guidance for patients. A dental hygienist is a professional in oral hygiene, cleaning teeth to remove plaque and discolouration before polishing to restore the shine to your smile.

    A dental hygienist is the best dental specialist to offer you the latest information and advice on all aspects of oral hygiene, answer any questions you may have about how to care for your teeth and to raise any concerns you may have on oral health including offering guidance on nutritional best practice, if required. For example, if your dentist suspects that you have a hygiene-related issue such as gum disease, he/she may refer you to our hygienist for a follow-up appointment.

    What is Guided Biofilm Therapy?

    Guided Biofilm Therapy is the systematic, predictable solution for dental biofilm management. It consists of treatment protocols based on individual patient diagnosis and risk assessment. The treatment is given in the least invasive way, with the highest level of comfort, safety and efficiency.

    Can a dentist work as a hygienist?

    Our dental hygienist works with our dentists as an integral part of the prevention team. It is possible for a dentist to work as a hygienist, but it may be preferable for a hygienist to specialise in the delivery of oral health care so that dentists can focus their own clinical time on the delivery of procedures such as dental surgeries and other modern treatment options.

    Can a dental hygienist fill cavities?

    Tooth cavities are usually filled during a dentist appointment. Your dental hygienist is equipped to undertake professional teeth cleaning of natural teeth, crowns and bridges, dental implants and removable dentures.

    Can a dental hygienist prescribe medication?

    A dental hygienist routinely performs professional teeth cleaning for their dental patients. If medication is indicated as a necessary treatment option for you after your initial consultation this would usually be prescribed by your dentist who leads on your optimum dental care plan.

    Can a dental hygienist fill cavities?

    Cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening is a premium dental service we are delighted to offer after discussing all the modern treatment options available to you during your initial consultation with our team. All aspects of cosmetic dentistry are usually undertaken by your dentist. However, whitening can be performed by a hygienist.

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    Can a hygienist remove tonsil stones?

    Tonsil stones which are an accumulation of debris located in the tonsils may require a surgical procedure to remove them especially if large in size and causing severe discomfort. All dental surgeries are usually conducted at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic by a dentist or specialist within our team.

    What does a hygienist do to your teeth?

    A dental hygienist’s primary clinical concern is tooth preservation during regular careful check-ups evaluating your oral health of both teeth and gums before meticulous professional teeth cleaning is conducted for you. Your hygienist will simply clean your teeth, remove any plaque and discolouration and polish them to restore shine. Most importantly, your hygienist can help advise on an appropriate hygiene routine that helps protect your oral health and smile.

    Does treatment from the hygienist hurt?

    Temporary discomfort or tooth sensitivity during the plaque removal step (for example) of a routine professional teeth cleaning appointment with a dental hygienist may occur. We can administer a local anaesthetic before any build-up or stain is removed and prior to using air polishing. What to expect in all aspects of your dental hygiene appointment will be discussed during your initial consultation with a member of our team where you can raise any concerns you may have so we can resolve them and reassure you prior to treatment.

    How do hygienists remove plaque?

    Dental hygienists within our team remove plaque even from difficult-to-reach areas using special hand-held tools or the EMS airflow. If you would like to view inside our clinic to see our ultramodern equipment for yourself prior to commencing treatment with us, please contact us.

    Please remember that the most important thing to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to brush with an electric toothbrush and floss or use interdental brushes daily. With good hygiene care, you can prevent general health problems!

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