We all know how important it is to look after the gums and soft tissues of the mouth as well as our teeth. You cannot build a house on unstable foundations, and the same is true for dental work. If you are due to undergo any restorative dental treatment it is essential that your gums are in good health.

Our skilled team of dental hygienists in Chelmsford are able to provide routine and deep cleaning services at the prescription of your dentist. When you attend for a check-up your dentist will be able to advise as to whether you would benefit from a hygiene appointment and how frequently you should attend. Please remember that seeing one of our Chelmsford hygienists is not a substitute for a regular dental check-up.

Hygiene appointments can help to remove tough stains from the surface of the teeth that build up as a consequence of diet, smoking and chlorhexidine mouth rinses.

The Symptoms of Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene can result in a number of distressing and sometimes embarrassing outcomes:

  • Bad breath;
  • Swollen and sore gums;
  • Bleeding gums when brushing and eating;
  • Visible build-up of plaque and tartar on the mouth;
  • Stained teeth;
  • Stained and furry tongue;
  • Loose teeth;
  • Receding gums;
  • Tooth sensitivity;
  • Tooth decay;
  • Infections and dental abscesses.

Regular visits with one of our Chelmsford dental hygienists for oral hygiene advice and cleaning can help to avoid these signs and symptoms from developing.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

90% of the work in looking after your teeth and gums is up to you at home. When you are brushing remember that there are five surfaces to every tooth so make sure that you manage to capture them all when cleaning, these are:

  • Outer surfaces
  • Inner surfaces
  • Chewing surfaces
  • 2x interdental surfaces

A combination of electric or manual toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste and some form of interdental cleaning (interdental brushes, floss, water flossers or floss sticks) using the correct technique will help to maintain good oral hygiene.

Oral Hygiene

Cleaning your teeth is not a skill that you are born with. It may feel like you are back in primary school to be told how to brush your teeth correctly, but we could all do with a little tuition from time to time to ensure that we are looking after our teeth to the best of our ability. Here are some hints and tips as well as some useful videos that we have found to help you.

How to clean your teeth:

You are not born knowing how to brush your teeth. Like any skill it requires an understanding of good technique and practice to perfect this. Good oral hygiene practices in combination with regular check-ups and maintenance with a hygienist will assure your oral health in the long run.

Here are some useful videos to show you how to make the most of your time spent cleaning your teeth.

Cleaning with a manual toothbrush


Cleaning with an electric toothbrush


Interdental cleaning




How to treat bleeding gums at home


Our general dental services include the following services:


Why does my mouth feel dry?

Dry mouth can be a symptom of many different problems and can happen as you get older. Quite often it is a side effect of medication – especially heart, blood pressure and depression tablets.

If you have a dry mouth, this can be very uncomfortable and it can make eating certain foods very difficult.

Many prescription medicines can cause a dry mouth, if you are taking any regular medication from your doctor, it may be worth discussing these symptoms with him to see if there is an alternative that does not have the same side effects.

If you think that you are suffering with a dry mouth, you should discuss this with your dental team. They may recommend one of the many products that are available over-the-counter to help to alleviate this problem.

Generally any discomfort after an extraction does not last for long and can easily be controlled by the painkillers you would normally take for a headache. If it lasts any longer than 24 hours you should go back to your dental team for advice.

Sometimes pain may occur 2-4 days after the extraction when a blood clot has not formed properly in the extraction socket and the bone becomes infected – something called a ‘dry socket’. You will need to go back to your dentist, who will dress the socket for you.

It is important to do your research and familiarise yourself with the process in the country you are looking at having the treatment, as well as speaking about it with your dentist here first. The things you need to think about are:


Many people who are going abroad are looking for more advanced (higher cost) procedures which are more likely to result in complications. No matter how skilled the clinician, there is always a risk of treatment failure. If complications do arise once you are home, it will not always be easy to return to the clinic that provided the treatment, especially if there is an infection. Your insurance may not cover the travel costs involved in returning to the clinic, especially if you wish to return with a partner or friend.


Procedures such as crowns, bridges, veneers and implants are not easily carried out rapidly. Expertise and time are essential to achieving a good outcome. For instance, to achieve a perfect bite, the patient can require repeat visits and a series of adjustments. This may not be possible if the dentist is abroad.

Language barriers

It is always important that your clinician can communicate with you and explain the treatment provided and recommendations for post-surgical care. This is always more difficult when English is not the first language of your practitioner. He or she needs to know exactly what you want and you need to know exactly what you are getting. Problems and complaints often arise from communication issues.

Varying standards and approaches

Different countries have a different concept of aesthetic beauty. For example, in the USA very white and even teeth are thought attractive, whereas in the UK we prefer a more natural smile. There are also varying clinical standards and while in the UK, dentists are more likely to save a tooth, in some countries, dentists may be more ready to extract. Not all countries have the same high standards of cross-infection control, and in developing countries there can be a higher incidence of infectious diseases.

Calculate costs

Many of those considering travelling abroad believe that private dentistry in the UK is not affordable. However, sometimes this is based on an assumption. It is advisable to talk to a number of dental practices, check prices and ascertain if they have a payment plan in place. This can help spread treatment costs, making treatment both affordable and accessible.

As with many other NHS services, the dentist doesn’t know what conditions will be presented until the patient arrives. Sometimes this means that we have to spend considerably longer relieving pain and carrying out the treatment plan than we had envisaged.

Also, we do give priority for emergency treatment to children and patients in severe pain. We always try to squeeze them in, promptly, even if we don’t have the appointments in our diary.

Sadly, there is no shortcut. No patient wants to be asked to vacate the chair “after 15 minutes” with the treatment incomplete. We apologise in advance for any delays and we will try to keep you informed of any late-running of the service as best we can.

Liv Rutland

Chelmsford, Essex

Sorry it has taken me this long to write a review but I just want to thank Ian so much for my teeth. I had a brace put on and I was quite nervous throughout the whole procedure as I don’t feel totally comfortable whenever I go to the dentist, however Ian was always so professional and confident that I knew I was in safe hands. He is also very honest so you know what result you can achieve and what you can’t which I think is really important. I am so pleased with my teeth now the brace is off and I would 100% recommend!! thank you Ian & Sharrow.

Emini Jaggan

Chelmsford, Essex

Sharrow has been very warm and welcoming – good services all round. Mr Clough has been very meticulous in his treatment – very patient. Taking his time with everything he has done. I have recommended several people to his clinic and I hope they take my advice. Happy and comfortable with the service and my mouth is back to normal! So far so good! Thank you

Roger Watling

Chelmsford, Essex

Truly great dentist, it’s no accident that my family, my daughter’s husband and now his family now go there. Having had bad experiences in my early life , I’m so glad I found them and can only deduce that they only take on dentist who are a. fantastic at their job, b. very empathetic to those who have had bad experiences.

Abbie Crabtree

Chelmsford, Essex

I’m a very nervous patient. I’m absolutely petrified of dentists but this one I feel so comfortable at. They are absolutely amazing with me and I’d recommend to anyone who’s also nervous this is the surgery for you. Everyone is so lovely and welcoming. Thank you so much sharrows. 10/10 x

Bernie Dawson

Chelmsford, Essex

Absolutely wonderful service!

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