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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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Air-Flow Aesthetic Polishing

A beautiful smile can light up the room. Help your smile be as bright as it can be with Air-Flow oral cleansing therapy.

Tackle severe stains

Fast & painless procedure

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Removes debris & plaque

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What is Air-Flow?

Air-Flow is a professional stain removal system that tackles stubborn stains, which are difficult to remove with normal teeth whitening methods.

Is it right for me?

Air-Flow treatment is for anyone looking for a brighter, whiter smile. From light staining to more severe stains; Air-Flow significantly improves tooth brightness, giving you a noticeably, sparkling, healthy mouth, in an instant.

How does it work?

Using a special powder, air, and a gentle jet stream of water; Air-Flow gently and painlessly removes surface stains caused by tobacco, food and drink. In just one appointment, you will immediately see and feel the difference.

What are the causes of teeth staining?

Typically, teeth stains affect the surface of the teeth and once severe, cannot always be removed with brushing alone. These surface stains can be caused by smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and eating foods that contain colourants. Air-Flow removes surface stains easily, resulting in a brighter, whiter smile.  Sometimes, discolouration occurs on a deeper level. This can result from the use of certain medications, or a genetic susceptibility to darker teeth. A combination of teeth whitening and Air-Flow treatment provides dramatic results; resulting in a smile which can be several shades lighter.

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Airflow Stain Removal in Harrow

Erase the stains from your teeth and enjoy the feeling of a healthy, plaque-free mouth with Airflow Stain Removal system.

In less than 30 minutes, your teeth will be completely rejuvenated by this advanced cleaning system which brightens your smile and freshens your breath.

At Neem Dental Clinic we have invested in this cleaning system to ensure our patients benefit from the latest in dental technology.

While traditional cleaning methods remove plaque from the tooth’s surface and gum-line, the Airflow cleaning system also eradicates stains and leaves teeth noticeably brighter.

The system uses a jet of water, compressed air, and fine powder particles to clean the teeth and remove staining. No instruments are used on the tooth’s surface, doing away with the ‘scaling and polishing’ technique that can cause discomfort or sensitivity.

f you would like to experience cleaner teeth and fresher breath, please click here or call 020 8423 2523 to book your appointment now.

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A YOUNGER LOOKING YOU

WITH BRIGHTER, CLEANER TEETH

HYGIENE & CLEANING IN HARROW

Are you embarrassed by the build-up of stains and plaque on your teeth, but nervous about visiting a private dental hygienist?

We offer the gentlest dental hygiene and cleaning treatments in Harrow along with friendly advice and tips to maintain your dazzling smile.

So, you too can have that dentist clean feeling and learn how to make good oral hygiene part of your daily routine.

BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING?

Seeing a dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning is the foundation of a beautiful and healthy smile.  Our aim is for you to be disease free and understand that maintenance is key. It will help you keep your teeth for longer, in a better condition and looking good.

As well as having your teeth cleaned, the condition of your gums will be assessed and we can discuss any issues you have such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gaps developing between teeth
  • Food getting trapped between teeth
  • Persistent infections
  • Swellings

Unfortunately, some people have advanced gum disease, where they lose the bone supporting their teeth. We have special techniques in place to thoroughly clean under the gum in a gentle manner and give bespoke advice to you on how to maintain it and promote healing.

While gum disease can never be reversed, it can be brought under control and maintained with care and attention.

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Remove Teeth Stains With Our Deep Cleaning Airflow Treatment.

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Hygiene & Air Polish

Preventative dentistry, provided by your hygienist, plays a vital role in protecting your oral health. Regular treatments from a hygienist combined with dental check-ups can greatly improve oral health and the overall appearance of your teeth. Airflow polishing is a hygiene treatment that effectively removes stains on the front and back of teeth, leaving you with a smile to be proud of.

Elimination of Stubborn Stains

Certain foods, drinks and medications, as well as smoking, can result in stained teeth. These stubborn stains can be removed using the AIR-FLOW system, a combination of water, compressed air and fine powder particles that quickly and comfortably clean and polish teeth, even those areas that are difficult to access. This fast, comfortable method of teeth cleaning is suitable for most patients, including those with sensitive teeth, implants, bridges, veneers and crowns. So you can show off your clean smile in no time.

Benefits of Airpolish

An Airpolish treatment is a quick and easy way to have pesky general stains removed from your teeth.

  • gently removes plaque – helping to prevent gum disease
  • if done before a teeth whitening treatment can improve the overall effectiveness of the whitening
  • a gentler way to remove stains than traditional stain removal treatments, a great idea for anyone nervous of a hygiene appointment

You can just come in and have this treatment done – we’d love to see you for a clean and polish before a big event or just to help you look and feel great.

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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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White Wedding Smiles – Nail The Perfect Smile On Your Big Day

Whether you’re the Bride, Groom, Maid of Honour, Best Man, or a regular wedding guest, your smile is one ‘accessory’ you’ll want to show off with pride on the big day. Take a look at our top tips for nailing the perfect, dazzling white smile for wedding pictures that you’ll treasure forever!

Weddings are undisputedly happy affairs; members of the wedding party and guests alike will be beaming from ear to ear from start to finish, so it’s important that you make sure you’re teeth are up to the task! For many people though, ‘baring all’ in the smile department is something that doesn’t come naturally, especially for those that are embarrassed by their teeth.

Bad teeth shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your big day though. Whether it’s a severe case of crooked, stained and missing teeth, or just light staining that can be overcome with a simple whitening procedure; a little planning and investment in your smile now, can go a long way to making you look and feel great come wedding time.

Plan Your Smile Makeover Well In Advance

If you have particularly bad teeth and are considering a complete smile makeover before your wedding it is important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. With advances in cosmetic dentistry making procedures more accessible and affordable, dentists can work wonders with your smile – but it takes time.

Crowns and bridges may only take a couple of weeks from start to finish, but complete veneer smile makeovers may require up to 4 weeks and braces can take many months to achieve the desired results!

Get ‘White Wedding’ Ready

If you’re pretty happy with the way your teeth look but want to supercharge your smile ready for the big day, a whitening package from your dentist is probably the best way to go. There are a number of whitening options available ranging from laser treatment performed at the dentist surgery to take-home bleaching trays that work while you sleep.

Depending on your circumstances, and the condition of your teeth, your dentist will recommend the best whitening treatment for you.

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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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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.