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Dental Hygiene



What is a Hygienist?

Our Hygienists are specifically trained in oral care, helping you to maintain a healthy mouth, reducing the need for dental intervention. The Hygienist will use techniques to clean and polish your teeth as well as providing personalised advice and guidance to strengthen your oral heath.

What will the Hygienist do during an appointment?

You will have been advised by your dentist to see the hygienist who will thoroughly assess your mouth and discuss any concerns that you may have. Your hygienist appointment will start with a medical history update and oral health assessment. This is followed by thorough cleaning of the teeth and development of an oral hygiene regime.

Gentle Air Flow treatment to remove staining

Our popular air polishing system uses a powerful jet of air, water and fine powder to polish the tooth surface. This destroys any harmful bacteria and aids in stain removal. The powder is made up of fine crystals and chlorhexidine (found in Corsodyl mouthwash).

Air Flow treatment is used for two main functions: the removal of stains, and gentle but thorough cleaning of implants and crowns. This thoroughly efficient technique leaves the mouth feeling fresh and clean, lifting all surface stains for a truly brighter smile!

If you have stubborn stains from smoking or tea/coffee then ask your Dentist or Hygienist about our Air Flow treatment.

Dental Terminology

The Hygienist frequently uses certain words to highlight various conditions. You can find explanations of certain terms below:


is a reversible disease characterised by the inflammation (presenting as varying degrees of redness, bleeding on brushing, swelling and soreness) of the gums around the teeth. This inflammation is in response to a build up of dental plaque over a period of time to a level which cannot be controlled by the immune system in the mouth. This inflammation will reverse as soon as the plaque levels return to a level which is compatible with health. Gingivitis doesn’t cause any permanent damage and the plaque levels required to cause the inflammation vary from one person to another. However it is the most common human disease and is experienced to some level by over 80% of the population.


occurs when the body’s immune response becomes exaggerated causing permanent bone loss as the bone tries to retreat away from the area of infection. Periodontitis affects around 50% of the population with around 15-20% of people experiencing a more severe form of this disease and risking tooth loss as a result. The plaque levels required to stimulate this response again varies from individual to individual and other factors whch can predispose to this condition include a genetic predisposition, smoking, stress, a diet high in refined carbohydrates and some general conditions such as diabetes. Even people with generally good oral hygiene can become affected and potentially lose teeth.

Lifestyle factors can dramatically affect the health of the of your mouth in many different ways, these will be discussed in the surgery and advice on diet, general health and smoking will all be a part of your visit to the hygienist.


is a creamy sticky substance made up of mainly bacteria (some of which are not harmful and some of which can be harmful) and some dead cells. It attaches to any hard surface in the mouth and builds up over time if not removed by cleaning.


also called tarter, is calcified plaque, formed with the help of the minerals present in saliva.


Saliva has many functions:

  • helping to keep the mouth moist
  • helping to chew food and to start the process of digestion
  • minerals in the saliva help to remineralise the damage to enamel from sugars in the diet
  • forms a protective layer over the teeth containing good bacteria to help fight the damaging bacteria present in plaque

Our Hygienists




FdSc Oral Health Science (Essex) 2018, GDC Number: 255977


patient Testimonials

I would like to thank Vicki and Laura for fixing my broken tooth and filling yesterday. They were exceptionally kind in making me feel relaxed under such difficult circumstances. Best wishes,Lyndie

Very comfortable and safe experience my recent visit to you was. Thank you for all your care. E. Fenston

I would like to thank you for your efforts to provide a safe environment for dentistry. I would like to commend them for their courtesy and professionalism in this new situation. I felt very safe and I hope that they did too. S. Kerr

The new reception procedure was straightforward with no hassle and to all intents and purposes almost ‘normal’. Marcus

The staff were very friendly and helpful, explaining everything clearly. I felt like the treatment was completely tailored to me and they knew what would be suitable for my skin type more than I did. G. Chaloner

I undertook Invisalign treatment with Dr Holden. It was the best thing I have ever done, Pain free, straight forward and most importantly invisible. Vicki

My time in the dental chair was totally painless, Nick and his lovely nurse Kasia made me feel at ease (so much so I managed to doze off for a short time) Mr Preston

I just wanted to say that the implant has been really good – actually bliss – the bridge was my bête noir. I couldn’t been more grateful for the care and outcome of your treatment. Anonymous

Thank you to the Briars for giving me the perfect smile for my wedding! I highly recommend the practice! Mrs Hawkins

A short note to send my sincere thanks to Nick French for helping me overcome my 30 plus year fear of dentistry! Karen

I just wanted to say thank you for doing such a grand job with my fillings yesterday! Julia

Thank you for fitting the Somnowell Snore Guard and how professional the services was right form the first assessment... Karl

Thank you for doing a super job on my filling – looks so much better :) Kate

Thank you for being kind and dealing with my terror and silly behaviour of not having been to a dentist in so long. Margaret

Thanks for my lovely new tooth, now I can feel my mouth again, it feels great!

Just a brief note to say how much I appreciate the fact that you fitted me into your busy schedule yesterday... David

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with all the the work you have done with my teeth and mouth generally. David

Keep up the good work and hope we meet again sometime. Pearl

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