Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is crucial for maintaining your overall health and well-being. Proper dental care goes beyond a sparkling smile; it significantly impacts your entire body.

Here is why it is so important:

Oral Health: Good dental hygiene prevents common dental issues like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups help keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition, reducing the risk of pain and discomfort.

Preventing Infections: Neglecting dental hygiene can lead to infections in the mouth, which can potentially spread to other parts of your body. These infections can be serious and even life-threatening in some cases.

Heart Health: There is a connection between gum disease and heart disease. Maintaining good dental hygiene may lower the risk of heart problems by reducing inflammation and preventing bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

Respiratory Health: Poor oral hygiene can lead to respiratory issues. Bacteria in your mouth can be inhaled into your lungs, potentially causing infections or worsening existing respiratory conditions.

Digestive Health: Chewing is the first step in the digestion process. If you have dental problems, it can hinder your ability to chew food properly, potentially leading to digestive issues.

Confidence and Self-Esteem: A healthy smile can boost your confidence and self-esteem. When you take care of your teeth, you’re more likely to smile, and a smile can have a positive impact on your personal and professional life.

Financial Savings: Preventive dental care is generally more cost-effective than treating dental issues after they’ve developed into more significant problems. Regular check-ups and cleanings can help you avoid expensive dental procedures.

Dental hygiene is not just about having a beautiful smile; it is about safeguarding your overall health. Consistent, daily dental care and regular visits to the dentist and the hygienist are investments in your well-being and can contribute to a healthier, happier life.

We are thrilled to have Lucy Grimsey and Lucia Balogova, our skilled and compassionate dental hygienists on board to ensure that your dental visits are comfortable, informative and tailored to your needs.

Keeping Problems at Bay: Our dental hygienists are experts at preventing dental issues. They perform thorough cleanings, removing plaque and tartar build-up that can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Tailored Just for You: Our hygienists provide personalized advice and techniques to improve your oral hygiene routine. They will work with you to address your unique dental needs.

Knowledge is Power: Learn the best practices for maintaining a healthy smile. Our hygienists educate patients on proper brushing, flossing, and dietary choices that impact oral health.

Fighting Gum Disease: Our hygienists play a vital role in managing gum disease. They can perform deep cleanings and suggest treatments to keep your gums healthy.

Confidence in Every Breath: Say goodbye to bad breath! Our hygienists can help identify the causes of bad breath and provide solutions to keep your breath fresh.

Your Partner in Quitting Smoking: Our hygienists are not only dedicated to your oral health but also to your overall well-being. If you are looking to break free from smoking, our hygienists are here to provide vital support in your journey towards a smoke-free life.


A dental hygiene appointment typically includes a range of services and procedures designed to maintain and improve your oral health. Here’s what you can expect during a typical dental hygiene appointment.

Medical History Review: Your dental hygienist will review your medical history to identify any underlying health conditions or medications that may affect your oral health.

Oral Examination: Your hygienist will conduct a visual examination of your mouth, gums, and teeth to identify any visible issues, such as cavities, gum disease, or signs of any abnormalities. It is important to note that while a visual examination with a dental hygienist is a valuable component of your oral health care, it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive examination conducted by a dentist. A full dental examination by a dentist includes a broader assessment of your overall oral health, including diagnostic procedures such as X-rays and a more comprehensive evaluation of dental and gum conditions. Both components – regular dental hygiene visits and dental examinations – are essential for maintaining optimal oral health and addressing any potential issues effectively.

Assessment of Gum Health: Your hygienist may measure the depth of gum pockets and assess the health of your gums to screen for gum disease.

Oral Health Education: Your hygienist will provide guidance on maintaining proper oral hygiene at home, including brushing and flossing techniques, recommended oral care products, and dietary tips for better oral health.

Plaque and Tartar Removal: Using specialized tools, your hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the surfaces of your teeth. This process, called scaling, helps prevent cavities and gum disease.

Teeth Polishing: After scaling, your hygienist will polish your teeth to remove surface stains and leave your teeth looking clean and bright.

Flossing: Your hygienist will floss between your teeth and along the gumline to remove plaque and debris from areas that may be difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing.

Fluoride Treatment: In some cases, a fluoride treatment may be applied to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities.

Customized Care Plan: Based on their findings, your hygienist will work with you to create a personalized plan for ongoing dental care, which may include recommendations for follow-up visits, treatments, or additional procedures.

Questions and Discussion: Your hygienist will answer any questions you may have about your oral health, address concerns, and provide guidance on maintaining a healthy smile.

Remember that regular dental hygiene appointments play a crucial role in preventing dental issues, maintaining good oral health, and ensuring your smile stays bright and healthy.


Direct Access Dental Hygiene offers a convenient and accessible way for patients to receive preventive dental care without the need for a dentist’s referral. While it provides several benefits, it’s important to understand its limitations and ensure that patients receive appropriate care for their specific dental needs, which may include consultation with a dentist when necessary.

Benefits of Direct Access Dental Hygiene:

Increased Accessibility: Direct access eliminates barriers to dental care, making it more accessible to individuals who may have difficulty accessing dental services due to cost, location, or other factors.

Timely Care: Patients can receive prompt dental cleanings, oral health education, and preventive treatments, reducing the risk of dental issues worsening over time.

Convenience: Direct access dental hygiene appointments are convenient, as they allow patients to schedule cleanings directly with a dental hygienist, often without the need for multiple visits.

Cost-Efficiency: By bypassing the need for a dentist’s examination prior to the hygiene visit, patients can potentially reduce overall dental care costs, especially for routine cleanings and preventive care.

Preventive Focus: Direct access dental hygienists emphasize preventive care, educating patients on proper oral hygiene techniques and providing preventive treatments like fluoride applications and dental sealants.

The provision of dental care, including direct access hygiene, is governed by specific regulations and guidelines. There are instances where direct access hygiene may not be suitable or safe. At our clinic, your health and safety are paramount.

here are some reasons why we might need to decline direct access hygiene services

Radiographic Examinations: For certain dental conditions or to establish a complete treatment plan, radiographic examinations (X-rays) may be necessary. In the UK, only a dentist can prescribe these examinations, making it essential for some patients to see a dentist first.

Health and Medical Concerns: If your medical history or current health status raises concerns regarding potential complications during dental hygiene procedures, our primary focus is on your well-being. We may recommend an assessment by a dentist to ensure your safety.

Regulatory Requirements: The provision of dental care in the UK is subject to specific regulations. These regulations may dictate the scope of services that dental hygienists can provide directly, and we adhere to these guidelines to ensure the highest standards of care.

Collaborative Care: We believe in a collaborative approach to dental care. If your situation requires interventions or treatments that exceed the capabilities of direct access hygiene, we will facilitate your referral to a dentist to guarantee comprehensive care.

Your dental health is our top priority, and decisions regarding your care are made with your best interests in mind. We encourage open communication, so please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about the suitability of direct access hygiene for your case.

This innovative procedure is gaining popularity in the dental industry, revolutionizing the way we approach dental hygiene. Let us explain what it is and how it can benefit you.

Dental airflow treatment, also known as air polishing, is a non-invasive dental cleaning technique that uses a combination of air, water, and fine powder to remove plaque, stains, and biofilm from the teeth and gums. This advanced technology employs a specially designed handpiece that emits a controlled stream of air and moisture, along with a gentle powder, to effectively clean all surfaces of your teeth and your gum line.

This treatment is particularly beneficial for patients who have plaque build-up, stubborn stains, or are prone to gum disease. The airflow treatment is highly effective at removing stubborn stains caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, or certain medications, leaving your teeth noticeably whiter and brighter. Moreover, it helps to remove plaque and bacteria from areas that are difficult to reach with traditional brushing and flossing alone, promoting better oral health.