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DEEP TEETH CLEANING VS ROUTINE CLEANING

Do I need a deep teeth cleaning?

One of the most common scenarios we see are patients who haven’t been to the dentist in a while and are told they need a deep teeth cleaning. They don’t have any pain, which makes them skeptical of this diagnosis given the cost of deep cleaning teeth, and come to me for a second opinion.

Deep teeth cleanings are often misdiagnosed when a routine teeth cleaning is really all that is needed for the patient. Unfortunately, some dental clinics take a more aggressive approach when prescribing this treatment. To ease the patients’ mind, I tell them there are several signs deep cleaning treatment is needed. All of which we can show them during the appointment.

Before having that conversation, I think it’s important to understand the purpose of deep cleaning teeth.

What is deep cleaning teeth?

Deep cleaning teeth – also known as scaling and root planning, or non-surgical periodontal therapy – is the process of removing tartar that forms beneath the gum line to stop the progression of gum disease.

If left untreated, the accumulation of tartar (hardened plaque) can result in inflamed gums that break the seal between the tooth and healthy gum tissue. Thus, allowing the disease to migrate down the root and cause more inflammation. This inflammation is the first sign of gum disease – it’s called gingivitis.

At this stage, gum disease is reversible. However, it must be treated, which is where a deep teeth cleaning comes in. If you put off deep cleaning teeth for too long, the disease will progress and you will begin to lose bone around your teeth, eventually causing tooth loss. Once the disease progresses to this point (periodontitis), it is irreversible.

What’s the difference between deep cleaning teeth and a routine teeth cleaning?

A routine teeth cleaning is what most people experience when they visit the dentist clinic. It is very unlikely that someone who visits the dentist every six months for a routine cleaning will need a deep cleaning. Rather, it’s typically necessary when someone hasn’t been to the dentist for a teeth cleaning for many years or does not practice proper hygiene on a daily basis. There are many habits and behaviors that lead to rapid tartar buildup, and eventually gum disease, when tartar is ignored: sipping on sugary drinks throughout the day, forgetting to brush teeth and gums regularly, never flossing your teeth, and more.

Signs you need a deep teeth cleaning

Should you need a deep cleaning, it’s important that you get one, and soon. There are several telltale signs that you can look for to confirm this diagnosis – both at home and with your dentist. Signs you can look for at home include:

  1. Bleeding gums when you brush or floss Bleeding or swollen gums are one of the first signs of gum disease. This is your body’s way of trying to get rid of the disease, and is caused by a buildup of plaque along the gum line. You may also have sore gums, or gums that look red and puffy.
  2. Bad breathConsistently bad breath – not just in the mornings or after a meal – is another sign that you may need a deep cleaning. This is caused by the bacteria in your mouth that is actively destroying your bone.

Another sign to look for is tartar (or dental calculus) around the bottom front teeth. If you notice this, or have bad breath and/or bleeding gums, it’s best to make a dentist appointment to have this checked out. During your appointment, the dentist will be able to confirm your diagnosis. Signs they look for – which they will be able to show you – include:

  1. Periodontal pockets of 4mm or greaterIf you think back to your last dentist appointment, you may recall the hygienist spouting out a list of numbers. These are likely the measurements of your periodontal pockets, or the vertical space between the tooth and gum. Healthy gums have pockets that measure no more than 3 mm. A deep cleaning is needed when you have one or more pocket per quadrant that are 4mm or greater. At 5mm, the patient will be diagnosed with periodontitis, and at 6mm or 7mm with advanced periodontitis.
  2. Radiographic bone lossThe combination of periodontal pockets and tartar buildup will eventually begin to affect the bone and change its structure. The bone will become scalloped and uneven and bone volume will decrease. If you need a deep teeth cleaning, you will have bone loss that is visible on an x-ray. Your dentist will be able to show you on the x-ray where your bone is, and where it should be. At this point, the damage is irreversible. But it’s important to stop it before it gets worse.

If you have both periodontal pockets and bone loss, you need a deep cleaning. However, you may not have bad breath or gum bleeding. Not all symptoms are required for a definitive diagnosis. The two most important signs to look for are those that your dentist will look for.

If in doubt, get a second opinion and ask the dentist to show you the periodontal pockets and bone loss. This will be very easy for them to do and give you peace of mind knowing that your diagnosis is accurate.

If you’re unsure of whether or not you need a deep teeth cleaning, schedule an appointment with our dentist in Harrow, Middlesex. We’ll be happy to confirm your diagnosis and deep clean your teeth.

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You can book an appointment here for your routine Hygienist appointments, scale and polishes, without having to see a Dentist first.

You can book an appointment here for your routine Hygienist appointments, scale and polishes, without having to see a Dentist first. You can stay with your own dental practice, and access the Hygienist without the need to wait weeks for an appointment.

People are all different, and have to see the Hygienist at different intervals. Some need to see us more regularly to either treat an ongoing problem, or to prevent any issues in the future. Your Hygienist will discuss this with you at your appointment, and explain why.

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With This Week Promising To Be A ‘Scorcher’, Our Neem Dentists, Harrow/Wembley Offer Some Timely Advice.

If the weather reports are anywhere near accurate, this week we are likely to see temperatures reaching 30 degrees and possibly beyond. These temperatures are more typical of places like Rome and Athens than Harrow / Wembley!

We shouldn’t complain though given the unreliability of the British weather, but these temperatures don’t come without risks and we need to protect our teeth and gums when the weather gets hot.

Below, we offer our patients some basic but useful tips.

1 – Don’t use the weather to skip your dental appointment. If you have an appointment made for a check-up at Neem Dental Clinic, Harrow, please keep it. Postponing it until it cools down may result in a longer delay than you intend. We will do our best to see you as soon as we can when you come, so that you can get back out in the sun.

2 – Stay well hydrated. It is easy to become dehydrated in the hot weather and this is bad for our general health but also for our gums. Gum disease is more likely to be present in people with a dry mouth so try to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

3 – Curb those World Cup celebrations – beer is OK in moderation, but a combination of hot weather and a Euro Cup means that some people will drink a lot more than usual. The risks of accidents rise when this happens, and, as we know, alcohol also causes a dry mouth (see above).

4 – Remember to brush – The heat can be draining, especially if it is also humid. Tiredness can then easily cause us to skip brushing our teeth at night before we go to bed because we are ‘too tired’. You should never be too tired to brush your teeth; it only takes a few minutes and is the most essential thing you can do to avoid tooth decay.

5 – Restrict your ice creams – As well as beer, the sale of ice creams and soft drinks tend to rise during the hotter weather. We all know that these are high in sugar and will damage our teeth if eaten and drunk in excess. Try to replace soft drinks with water as much as you can and keep the number of ice creams down to a sensible level. If you notice, whilst eating ice cream or drinking anything really cold, that your teeth feel really sensitive, you could have damaged your teeth; so please make an appointment at our Neem dental clinic if you notice this.

By all means, do enjoy this rare heatwave and have a good time, but don’t forget that your teeth could suffer if you don’t take sufficient care.

Following the above guidelines is a good start, along with common sense of course. If you have any problems with your teeth during the hot weather, or at any time, please call the Neem Dental Clinic, Harrow for an appointment on 020 8423 2523.

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Is your smile summer ready?

When you look through this year’s summer holiday snaps, will you like what you see?

If you notice that you’re hiding in the background of family photos or covering your mouth to avoid showing your teeth, it might be time for a confidence-boosting smile makeover. Here’s how Neem Dental Clinic, Harrow can help. 

What can I do to fix my smile?  

With so many advances in cosmetic dentistry over the past few decades, there is likely a solution for whatever is making you unhappy about the appearance of your smile. Maybe you have one or more of these imperfections: 

  • Gaps between teeth 
  • Discoloured teeth 
  • Chipped or broken teeth 
  • Gummy smile 
  • Uneven teeth or gum line 
  • Underbite or overbite  

If so, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our expert dentists here at Neem Dental Clinic, Harrow. As the leading centre for cosmetic dentistry in Harrow and South Harrow, we spend more than half our time helping people with cosmetic dental issues and are experienced in the most advanced techniques.

During your initial consultation we’ll discuss your goals and expectations and explain the various treatments that are available to you, based on a thorough oral examination. Once we’ve assessed your suitability, we can put together a treatment plan that will help you achieve the smile you want – no more hiding in the background during family photo sessions! 

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Established in 2017 and based in the heart of Harrow/South Harrow, we have spent over 4 years providing a high quality of affordable dental care to over 2.5k patients since we opened.

Neem Dental Clinic, Harrow is OPEN, Monday to Saturday, and we are taking all possible precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and patients while we continue your dental care.

Please attend your appointment alone, ideally wearing a mask and use our hand gel/washing facilities. If you don’t have a mask we will be more than happy to provide you with one while in the waiting area. Our clinical staff are using the latest PPE in the form of positive air pressure respirators and air purification systems to provide you with complete protection + ease.

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At Neem Dental Clinic Harrow ,with fixed price examinations, we aim to ensure that our dental examinations are affordable and thorough. This allows us to determine the true level of your oral health and consider your dental concerns.

Our team of experts will discuss any current dental problems you may be experiencing. We will also conduct a thorough oral check to ensure that we can provide you with a full and comprehensive evaluation.

We may use a variety of different investigative procedures during the examination process, including digital x-rays and vitality testing.
The importance of teeth cleaning and regular dental check-ups cannot be stressed enough it’s essential to take care of your teeth.

We at the Neem Dental Clinic, will help you to take care of your smile, we believe that regular oral hygienist appointments are essential in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Together we can all work together to ensure that you have the confidence to smile with beautiful healthy teeth.

Having your teeth cleaned regularly offers many benefits not only to your appearance, but your general health as well.

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Are your teeth ready for summer?

We have received the news we have all been waiting for at last. The announcement of the de-escalation roadmap finally leads us to our lockdown emancipation! Our efforts were not in vain, the vaccination rollout is working. There is light at the end of the tunnel and normality is on the horizon! How we have longed for this news for so long.

It seems like forever since we have been able to interact socially. We are looking forward to seeing friends, family and loved ones, embracing the warmth of Spring and indulging in our newfound freedoms. Suddenly pub lunches, family days out and dinner dates are all back on the cards and tentatively sliding into our calendars. For some, it means that long-postponed celebrations like anniversaries, weddings and birthdays can once again be scheduled, permitting a level of optimism that’s almost too good to believe.

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Oral Hygiene – Harrow – Neem Dental Clinic

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean, and is considered to be the best means of prevention of cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental disorders. It also helps to prevent bad breath (halitosis).

Oral hygiene is necessary for all persons to maintain the health of their teeth and mouth. Healthy teeth have fewer cavities. They are clean and have minimal or no plaque deposits. Healthy gums are pink and firm.

Oral hygiene consists of both personal and professional care. Dental X-rays (radiographs) are often performed as part of routine professional examinations.

Why do I need to see a Hygienist?

Regular tooth cleaning by the dentist or dental hygienist is important to remove plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult for a patient to reach on his own at home. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. Most dentists recommend having the teeth professionally cleaned every six months.

Even if you do a great job of cleaning your teeth yourself and are religious about using dental floss, you still need professional cleanings. Dental hygienists use special techniques, instruments, and their professional training to complete oral hygiene that is impossible to do yourself. In addition, these professionals will examine your mouth as well as your teeth.

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Everyone wants to look their best for their big day

At Neem dental clinic, we know how important your smile is, especially on your big day, and we can help you create your perfect smile with our Wedding Day Smiles.Make your Smile Great again with a Smile Makeover at Neem dental.As every patient is different, you get to choose which treatments go into creating your unique big day Smile makeover.If you are unhappy with your smile, but not entirely sure which treatments would make the most difference, come into Neem dental for a consultation. We will look at the areas you would like to improve -such as replacing missing teeth, straightening teeth with invisible braces or teeth whitening and create a plan to transform the overall appearance of your Smile. Depending on your requirements, this may involve one or more procedures, working within your budget and towards your aesthetic need.There is no doubt you will be smiling all day long on your big day – it is one of the happiest days of your life after all! So, we have put together some plans to make the most of that beautiful wedding day smile

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AIR ABRASION

Air abrasion is a drill free technique, which can be performed by your hygiene therapist. It works through a combination of air, sodium bi-carbonate and a jet of water to remove external staining caused through everyday things such as tea, coffee, red wine and smoking. It produces great results without any risk of damage to your teeth. Completely painless, Air Abrasion will significantly improve tooth staining, leaving your mouth clean and fresh after treatment.https://neemdentalclinic.co.uk/service/dental-hygiene/

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Scaling, Air abrasion (sandblasting) , Polishing and Fluoride finish

Step 1: Scaling

Your dentist in Neem Dental Clinic will remove the hardest calculus on your teeth with an electric scaler. This instrument has a fine tip that vibrates at a high speed for ultimate precision. It also sprays a cooling mist of water to help scrape off tartar and wash away debris.

Step 2: Air abrasion (sandblasting)

Are your teeth badly stained? We use air abrasion to eradicate stains and brighten your smile. This technique is performed by a machine that emits aluminium oxide particles to dislodge plaque and tartar. A dental dam is used to protect any teeth that don’t require air abrasion.

Step 3: Hand tools

Our skilled dentists in Neem Dental Clinic also use a variety of hand tools (called scalers and curettes) to reach those more hidden places around the teeth. The tools come in different shapes to suit your teeth, making it easier to remove smaller tartar deposits and smooth out the surfaces.

Step 4: Polishing

Your treatment is completed with a polish. A spinning rubber cup is filled with a gritty paste (called prophylaxis) and held up to your teeth. The cup spins against the teeth and polishes them until they’re smooth and shiny. Your teeth will look and feel a lot cleaner.

Step 5: Fluoride finish

Our dental practice in Neem Dental Clinic can also strengthen your teeth by applying a fluoride coating. It’s designed to restore the enamel with essential minerals.