Hygienist Hygienist – NHS Dentist • 355 North End Road • Fulham • London SW6

Hygienist

Hygienist

NHS Dentist will provide you with clinically necessary oral hygiene treatment on the NHS.

All periodontal treatment required for the health of your gums will always be provided on the NHS at this practice. You will never be expected to pay privately for clinically necessary treatment

There are those patients who have more serious periodontal problems. The dentist can then refer their patient to the hygienist with a view to performing a longer periodontal treatment, known as a prolonged period or ’10C’. This consists of two further appointments. This is available on the NHS.

If you would like to see one of our hygienists for cosmetic reasons only, this will cost you £35.00 for a 20 minute appointment.  You may see your hygienist for a cosmetic clean without seeing your dentist again within one year of your last check up appointment. You may call reception and make the appointment up to four times in a calendar year. After the year is up, you will have to have a check up with your dentist before making any further appointments with the hygienist. This is because a hygienist only works under the instructions of a dentist and a dentist must check your medical condition every 12 months.

Treatment consists of removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, cleaning out the pockets between the teeth and the gums and polishing the teeth.

  1. Every time you come to the dentist for a check up, the dentist will check your BPE (Basic Periodontal Examination) which means putting a probe into the spaces between your teeth and the gums.
  2. If your BPE score is 3 – 4, except for something called “false pocketing” you will be deemed to have periodontal (gum) disease. You will then be referred to the hygienists for hygiene treatment ON THE NHS.
  3. If you are on benefits which provide you with free treatment, you will not pay for this treatment. If you normally pay for your NHS treatment, then it will form part of your normal charges.
  • Band 1 – one appointment with the hygienist after seeing the dentist = £19.70
  • Band 2 – two appointments with the hygienist after seeing the dentist = £53.90

NOTE:  These appointments are NOT prescribed for cosmetic reasons and do NOT include scaling and polishing.

Dental Hygiene – What can you do:

Keeping your teeth and gums clean. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental decay, periodontal disease and is essential for preserving gums and the bone which keeps your teeth secure in your mouth. If you smoke, you are likely to have dental problems. You are urged in the strongest terms to stop smoking. If you continue to smoke you are likely to lose teeth. Your doctor can prescribe help for you to give-up smoking.

Toothbrush – consider a powered brush OR choose a manual toothbrush which

  • Has a head size that feels comfortable and allows you to reach the back teeth
  • Has soft or medium nylon bristles
  • Children up to 10 years old need an adult to brush their teeth for them every day
  • Children over the age of 6 can use adult toothpaste.