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Gum health and oral hygiene

It takes more than teeth to make a great smile

Treatment duration

About 60 minutes or less, depending on the treatment


  • Private scale and polish £55
  • Periodontal assessment £190
  • Periodontal treatments £90

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Request a dental check-up online today

Treatment duration

About 60 minutes or less, depending on the treatment


  • Private scale and polish £55
  • Periodontal assessment £190
  • Periodontal treatments £90

Book an appointment

Request a dental check-up online today

Hygiene and gum treatments at a glance

  • Learn how your gum health affects your oral health and overall well-being
  • Get personalised oral hygiene instructions, product recommendations and other advice
  • Cleanings, gum health assessments and periodontal treatments available starting from just £55
  • Deep cleanings and other treatments also available to combat gum disease

Has it been a while since your last visit with a dental hygiene therapist?

Our oral hygiene team is ready to help you get back on track. We provide a full range of gum treatments and preventive services to make sure that your teeth have a foundation of healthy gums.

Problems good hygiene can address

Bad breath

Bleeding gums

Swollen gums

Gum recession

Loose teeth

Why your gum health matters

There is more to your gums than what meets the eye. Below that outer layer of gum tissue is a complex matrix of ligaments, nerves and other specialised tissues. Bone tissue is below those. All of these structures are essential to giving your teeth nourishment and support.
If you neglect your gum health, you could develop an infection called periodontitis that begins to aggressively destroy the bone and ligaments that support your teeth. When your teeth lose that support, you can lose your teeth.

Taking good care of your gum health will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Additionally, medical studies show that there is a connection between periodontitis and other serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

What happens during a cleaning?

A dental cleaning consists of a scale and polish. Scaling is when the dental hygienist uses sharp instruments to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth. Polishing buffs away sticky and slimy debris and smooths the surface of your teeth. This debris fosters the growth of bacteria that can cause gum infections, so removing it regularly through a professional cleaning will help you keep your gums healthy.

Treatments and costs

A private scale and polish at The Mount costs £55.
This is not our only service, however.

We also offer a full mouth periodontal (gum) assessment. In this evaluation, the hygienist will carefully check your gums for signs of infection and draft a bespoke treatment plan to help you get your gum health back on-track.

The full periodontal assessment is £190.

Finally, we offer treatments for cases of established periodontal disease. These treatments start at £90 per session and may include deep scaling to remove bacteria and diseased tissues from tooth roots.

Book your hygiene visit today

We are welcoming new hygiene patients from Castleford, Barnsley, Pontefract and beyond.

Call us today at a location near you if you would like to schedule a hygiene visit:

You can also request an appointment online, if you prefer.

Answers to your questions about hygiene visits and gum treatments

  • Why does my breath smell so bad?

    If your bad breath does not go away, even though you brush your teeth daily, then the cause could be lurking below your gums. Chronic gum disease can give breath a foul odour. Visit a dental hygienist or therapist to find out if a gum infection could be the cause of your stubborn halitosis.

  • I don’t floss because it makes my gums bleed. Is that normal?

    It is never normal for gums to bleed. If flossing makes you bleed, then that could indicate that your flossing technique is a bit harsh. It may also mean that you simply are not flossing often enough. Poor oral hygiene can make your gums swollen and infected. Occasional flossing will not do any good; it will only disturb your inflamed gums and make them bleed.

  • How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

    Most adults need a professional dental cleaning twice per year. Some individuals need to have three or four per year because of certain health conditions. Follow the schedule your dentist, hygienist, or dental therapist recommends.

  • What is the best kind of toothbrush: manual or electric?

    The best kind of toothbrush is one that you can use properly and use every day. There are many types of toothbrushes but there is no single brush that works for everyone. Manual brushes can be just as effective as electric toothbrushes. The important thing is to find a brush that you enjoy using and that meets your oral hygiene needs. A dental hygienist or therapist can give you personalised recommendations.

  • When should I bring my child for their first scale and polish?

    There is no exact age since each child is unique and has unique needs. Babies should have their first dental examination by the time their first tooth appears. If you bring your baby to see the dentist at this age, they will not need a cleaning. This will simply be an examination to assess normal dental growth and development. By the time your child has all of their baby teeth, they should start having regular hygiene appointments. If you wait too long for your child to have a professional dental cleaning, then they may have a hard time getting used to the treatment.

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