To have healthy gums, dental plaque and calculus/tartar should be removed regularly.
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. Calculus/tartar is a hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus may form above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments. If left, calculus can worsen the inflammation and cause swelling and bleeding of the gums.
It is important to get your teeth cleaned by a professional on a regular basis to prevent more serious gum and health conditions. We have a range of dental cleaning options to suit all your needs, as well as an in-house periodontist, Dr Pano Kaimakamis – a gum specialist – for the more advanced cases.
Routine Clean alongside your Examination
This is our most popular hygiene option. It is suitable for people who have their teeth professionally cleaned regularly. We use a combination of ultrasonic and hand scaling for the most thorough cleaning. Our advanced techniques and technology allow us to remove tartar and plaque from all around your teeth effectively in just 15 minutes. Book this alongside your six-monthly routine examination to minimise your visits to the dentist.
Book to see our hygiene therapist, who will complete a thorough cleaning and provide you with invaluable advice and demos to help you maintain your gum health in-between visits. This session will last up to 30 minutes.
This is our best option for people with heavy calculus/tartar build-up and irregular attenders where the build-up can be stubborn and take longer to remove.
Our Advanced Clean utilises AirFlow to ‘pressure wash’ the surfaces of your teeth to remove tea, coffee and smoking stains. AirFlow polishing works by using a fine jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles to remove the stains. This highly efficient technique improves patient comfort by polishing without direct contact, pressure, vibration or noise so is even suitable for people who suffer from sensitive teeth. Once the bulk of the plaque and stains have been removed, we follow up with the traditional ultrasonic and hand scaling to remove the stubborn calculus for the most comprehensive clean. The results are immediate, and you will feel and see the difference as soon as the treatment has been completed.
How to brush
Why do teeth become stained?
There are a number of reasons why your teeth may become stained. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking tea, coffee and red wine will lead to staining, as well as inadequate brushing. It can also be caused by some mouthwashes that create a coating on your teeth, allowing the things you eat and drink to then stick to this layer. This is typically caused by Chlorhexidine based mouthwashes and has a distinct appearance. Whilst this can easily be removed by our Advanced Clean, we will inform you on how to minimise the stains that build up as a result of this and other factors that may be affecting you.
I brush twice a day as recommended, and floss every day; do I need to get my teeth professionally cleaned as well?
Brushing and flossing regularly is great and will help minimise the amount of calculus that builds up on your teeth, but unfortunately is not enough to prevent it completely.
Will the hygiene treatment whiten my teeth?
No, hygiene treatment will not whiten your teeth. It will remove the yellow/brown calculus that builds up on the teeth as well as stains that develop on the surface, restoring the natural white of your smile. Speak to us about professional tooth whitening or click here to find out more.
Will you tell me if I need other treatment at my hygiene appointment?
During a hygiene appointment, we are focused on targeting the calculus build-up and stains to improve and maintain the health of your gums. A full dental examination involves careful analysis of your soft tissues and each tooth assessment of x-ray images, an in-depth discussion on what we find, your treatment options, and how to improve your dental health. We aren’t able to do all this whilst cleaning your teeth so we recommend booking a dental examination alongside your hygiene appointment, so you aren’t left guessing if there are any other underlying problems.
My partner only comes once a year for a clean, why have I been told to come 2 to 4 times per year?
The rate of calculus build-up differs between all individuals. It can depend on your genetics, i.e., how prone you are to the build-up or to gum disease, how many dental restorations you have and how easy it is to clean around them, as well as your tooth brushing technique. People with particularly crowded teeth or with fixed wire retainers may find it harder to manoeuvre around all the surfaces and require more frequent visits to help remove the tartar. We will assess all these factors and more; determine the best frequency for each individual to maintain gum health.
What other health conditions can I get, if I don’t get my teeth cleaned regularly?
Aside from bleeding gums and bad breath, gum disease is linked to serious health conditions. People who have gum disease have higher rates of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack or stroke. There is an increased risk of bacterial infection from your mouth entering the bloodstream, which can affect the heart valves. Oral health may be particularly important if you have artificial heart valves. Speak to us about all aspects of your medical history, and if you have concerns you may be at higher risk of this.
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This is an excellent dental practice that I've been recommending to my coworkers for awhile. The staff is friendly and professional. The sisters who run the practice are thorough not just with the examinations and cleaning, but also make sure to give me personalized and practical advice for at-home care. They make it as pleasant as a trip to the...
I enquired about a chipped tooth issue and was seen within 24 hours of making the enquiry. Treatment options were clearly explained and discussed, in what is a very professional setting just off Shad Thames. I appreciate the fact that costs were also discussed before making the appointment, which meant that there were no surprises on the day. Overall, very...
JC Le S.
After years of not going to the dentist, I was dreading my visit. Very welcoming practice. Dr Li kept me informed of my treatment plan and explained clearly what was needed and why. Very reassuring and professional. I've never had to wait for my appointments as well, which is very appreciated on a tight schedule.
I visited Londent and had an initial consultation with Dr Panayiotis Kaimakamis (Periodontist). What an absolute dream he was from start to finish. I was quite anxious regarding some rather complex periodontal surgery I needed ASAP and his customer care, subject matter expertise and surgical skills in my humble opinion remain unmatched. I recommend both this clinic and Dr Pano...
Dr Shefali Sood and Invisalign worked wonders on my teeth - I was always very self conscious of them in the past but love my smile now. Highly recommend Londent Oral Care - it's a lovely calming and clean space, very efficiently run with no wait times, sweet and friendly reception staff. Shefali and her dental team were really lovely also, always very patient, professional and thorough.
Dr. Shefali and her team have been really helpful, thorough and kind through my Invisalign journey. Appointments were never rushed and all info was provided and questions answered in detail. Very happy with the service provided and would recommend them.
Highly recommend Londent - it has the personal and friendly feeling of a small town practice, which is a rare vibe for London. Dr Sian Li is the best dentist I’ve ever been too - I have a lot of anxiety about the dentist and she is so calming and reassuring throughout all treatments.
I've been going to Londent for at least 10 years and never had a bad experience. They have added a hygienist to the team and she is superb! Precise, explaining why and what she's doing - with minimum fuss. Best clean i've ever had anyhow.
Londent are the real deal. I hadn't been to a dentist for years - mainly because I couldn't find someone I trust in the wild west that is dental care in the UK.But these guys are awesome. Super friendly and helpful on the phone. The lovely receptionist remembers me every time I go in. Calming and clean environment. And Shefali is the best dentist I've ever had - knowledgeable, helpful, reassuring, never rushed. You feel like you're in totally safe hands.Well done everyone and thank you! 💚
Upon arrival in London a temporary cap fell out…Per chance I saw this office and to my delight was given an immediate appointment to reset the temporary cap…It was done very professionally and feels fine…I know my US dentist will be pleased that the tooth was well protected during my one month vacation…Thak You so much Londent🙏🏻
Truly the best dental team in London! I am extremely dental phobic having had years of bad treatment and experiences. However, this year I had to have quite a bit of work following an accident. Dr Shefali was kind and caring throughout the whole process, taking time (even on days off) to explain my treatment options and check on my well-being. The standard of work is outstanding - a pain free root canal carried out by Dr Suraj and crown replacement by Dr Shefali. The clinic is a calm, welcoming environment with a friendly reception team to put you at ease. After years of hiding my smile, it has been transformed. I cannot recommend Londent enough, thank you for taking such great care of me.
I attended Londent for a check up and clean after not having been to a dentist for a number of years. The staff were friendly and Dr. Shefali was very professional in her approach and manner. She made the whole process a painless experience and was able to set out her advice in a clear manner and provided me with some helpful tips. Happily recommend Londent for anyone looking for dentists in the London Bridge area.
I booked an 80 pound emergency appointment to get my crown reattached. Doctor was very agitated by anything and everything she seemed stressed and impatient and it was a very uncomfortable experience. The whole thing took 10 mins for an appointment that was scheduled to be half an hour. It just felt like she didn't care and just wanted to rush through the appointment. I paid 200 pounds into total. Considering the cost of the service I expected a higher level of care and professionalism from the clinic. I'm very disappointed by the treatment of patients.
I had an outstanding experience with Dr. Shefali Sood for my Invisalign treatment. Her expertise, professionalism, and attention to detail were truly remarkable. She made the entire process comfortable and easy to understand. Highly recommend Dr. Sood for anyone considering Invisalign.
I have recently completed a course of Invisalign at Londent and I am very happy with the end results.Throughout the treatment I was primarily looked after by Dr Shefali Sood and Millie both of whom were fantastic, however, all staff were great to deal with. Marion in reception is great.The information received as to what work was being carried out and why it was being carried out was always clear and I liked the fact I could see what results we were trying to achieve at the start of each set of braces.Happy to recommend Londent who's treatment was excellent from start to finish.
I have tried many a dentist in my lifetime, it used to always be a chore and something I would fear and ultimately put off… HOWEVER…When I was recommended Londent my fears were immediately put to bed.I have been a patient of Dr Shefali and her team for a few years and they are incredibly personable, knowledgeable and professional. When walking through the door at Londent you are immediately made to feel comfortable with a warm greeting from Marian or Millie and then been shown into your treatment room by Dr Shefali or her team.I have had various treatments with Londent from routine check ups, hygienist appointments, fillings, whitening and have recently had Invisalign treatment there- where they treated me with great care throughout and really catered to my needs.Since having my Invisalign treatment I have now gained the confidence to smile again at my wedding later this year!Thanks Dr Shefali, Millie and Marian for everything you have done and I fully recommend patients using Londent
I visited Londent and had an initial consultation with Dr Panayiotis Kaimakamis (Periodontist). What an absolute dream he was from start to finish. I was quite anxious regarding some rather complex periodontal surgery I needed ASAP and his customer care, subject matter expertise and surgical skills in my humble opinion remain unmatched. I recommend both this clinic and Dr Pano highly. Thank you for taking such great care of me. See you soon. Cheers!
An excellent dental practice - friendly, professional and caring treatment, ultra clean and a very responsive reception team.I also recently undertook Invisalign treatment here, and am absolutely thrilled with the results. The process was really smooth, and the outcome better than I expected!I would highly recommend this practice.
After years of not going to the dentist I was dreading my visit. Very welcoming practice. Dr Li kept me informed of my treatment plan and explained clearly what was needed and why. Very reassuring and professional.I've never had to wait for my appointments as well, which is very appreciated on a tight schedule.
I am very pleased with the advice I received for a cosmetic problem regarding a tooth bending sideway. It was very comforting.Thank you for telling me that an extraction is easy and not so painful.Francoise Drown
Dr Shefali Sood and her team absolutely transformed my teeth through Invisalign. She was incredibly approachable, always had time for me, was very accommodating when work pressures would make scheduling appointments more challenging and has been the most positive experience I have had at the dentist. I never expected my smile to look this good and cannot recommend this practice or getting Invisalign here enough - it has definitely changed my life.Thank you Dr Sood!
Five stars for Shefali and the Londent team - I have felt at ease throughout my Invisalign and whitening dental treatment. The end results are excellent. Shefali is very professional and took time to make sure I understood every step of the treatment. I would highly recommend Londent!
I had a full clean and my whole Invisalign treatment with Londent and would definately recommend this practice !! Such lovely welcome every time from Marian at the front desk and this is followed by professional and excellent service with Dr Shafali. Amazing location , very peaceful inside reception and always quick to be seen for my appointment time.Thank you Londent !