Dental Hygiene


At the Essex Smile Centre, our hygienists work to help prevent and treat gum disease – one of the UK’s leading causes of tooth loss.

The two major causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. With good dental hygiene we can prevent these conditions or deal with them in a quick and easy manner. Regular visits to see one of our friendly Dental Hygienists, alongside your dental check-ups, will help you and your family to have healthy mouths and smiles to be proud of.

Our Dental Hygienists work with our Dentists to provide each of our patients with a careful individual assessment of their risk factors for dental disease. They will show patients of all ages the best ways to keep teeth and gums in excellent health, to prevent problems in the future, and you can arrange deep cleans with our hygiene team.

We also provide more intensive treatment for gingivitis, advanced periodontal disease and conditions including bleeding gums and receding gums.

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    Use a medium toothbrush (preferably electric Braun oral-B) with a rounded head

    Replace your toothbrush every three to four months

    Brush twice daily. Last thing at night and before breakfast in the morning

    Avoid tobacco products

    Use toothpaste with fluoride and always place the toothpaste on a dry brush

    Try to floss daily at night before brushing

    Avoid excessive alcohol use

    If you are worried about your oral health at all book an appointment for a thorough clean and polish including an all important gum health check and oral health advice.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I really need to see a dental hygienist?

    A hygienist might be considered an ‘unnecessary extra’ to some people – when, in fact, regular hygienist appointments can be the difference between healthy teeth and gums and the need to undergo preventable and costly treatments.

    The two major causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. With good dental hygiene and professional teeth cleanings from a dental hygienist, these conditions can often be prevented and dealt with in a quick and easy manner.

    What does a hygienist appointment entail?

    Your hygienist appointment will typically begin with an initial oral hygiene check to ascertain the overall health of your teeth and gums. This inspection helps the hygienist to decide what is required during cleaning.

    This is then usually followed by ‘scaling’ where build ups of tartar and plaque on the surface of the teeth and gum lines are carefully removed using special tools. Then your hygienist will give your teeth a thorough clean and shine – including a gentle polish to remove superficial stains on the surface.

    If there are signs of decay, then they may also apply a fluoride or antibacterial gel and a referral to your dentist will be made.

    How much does a hygienist appointment cost?

    As with all dental treatments, pricing will depend on your precise requirements, but you can get an accurate cost by contacting our reception staff who can assist you further.

    Why not get in touch today? When you leave your hygienist appointment it will be with your mouth feeling fresher and cleaner knowing that your oral health is well managed and that all traces of harmful plaque and tartar have been erased.