Shirley Park Dental

357 Addiscombe Road

Smile 4 U

10 Belmont Parade

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Dental Hygienist
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Scale and polish in Chislehurst


At Smile 4 U in Bromley, we know that a good daily brushing and flossing routine goes a long way to maintaining a healthy mouth and gums and preventing decay and gum disease. However, we all need a little help sometimes in managing the tougher areas of plaque build-up on our teeth, and that’s what our hygienists are here for.

At your routine check-up, your dentist may recommend you see our hygienist to have your teeth and gums professionally cleaned, but you are also welcome to book directly.

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What to expect

Your hygienist will use a variety of high-quality ultrasonic cleaners and specialised scaling instruments to gently remove plaque and tartar deposits without damaging your teeth. Once clear of plaque, your teeth will be polished using a slow-speed handpiece with a soft-rubber tip.

What is plaque?

Plaque is a colourless, sticky film of bacteria which is constantly building on the teeth, hence the need for regular brushing to combat it. If left, plaque will harden into tartar – a much harder substance to remove.

What is tartar?

Tartar is a porous substance, making it easy for bacteria to get closer to the teeth, leading to decay. If tartar is not properly removed, the bacteria build-up can work its way into the gums, causing inflammation, leading to infection and potentially gum disease (periodontitis).

Twice-daily brushing and flossing are the best way to rid your teeth and gums of the daily build-up of plaque, but a hygienist has special tools and training to deep clean the teeth and remove tartar, too.

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“The hygienist is lovely and took great time and care to undertake a scale and polish.”


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