Dental Hygienist Essex

At Sharrow Dental we know how important it is to look after the gums and soft tissues of the mouth as well as the teeth.

You cannot build a house on unstable foundations, and the same is true for dental work. The two main causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. With good dental hygiene and regular professional teeth cleanings from a hygienist, these types of conditions can often be prevented to help ensure that your gums are in good health which is essential for restorative dental treatments.

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.

Do I Really Need to See a Dental Hygienist?

Hygienist treatment can sometimes be misunderstood by patients who view them as an ‘unnecessary extra’ or additional money they’d rather not spend. However, these simple and inexpensive appointments can be the vital difference between having healthy gums and teeth and having to undergo preventable and costly treatments in the future.

Signs of Poor Oral Hygiene

It can be fear, embarrassment or even a phobia of the dentist that prevent patients from attending regular check-ups, but when the signs and symptoms of poor oral hygiene begin to show it is important to seek help to resolve the issue and prevent an undesirable outcome.

Some of the signs of poor oral hygiene can include;

  • 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

By attending regular visits with one of our expert dental hygienists we can help to provide oral hygiene advice and professional cleaning to avoid these types of symptoms from developing.

Benefits of Dental Hygienist Appointments

Poor oral hygiene has been linked to several serious illnesses with associated medical and dental issues including – bone loss, cardiovascular disease, strokes and cancers. Professional dental cleanings can have a positive impact on your oral and general health and help to identify potential problems early so they can be treated and dealt with effectively.

Here are seven reasons how you can benefit from regular visits to a dental hygienist;

Gum Health – Gum disease can affect people of all ages with NHS figures suggesting that over 50% of 35-year-olds suffer from gum issues of varying forms. The early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis is reversible however the later form of gum disease is not. Your dental hygienist can help to ensure that your gums remain in optimum health and get a head start on any potential issues before they get a chance to take hold.

Bad Breath – The type of bacteria that is responsible for bad breath or halitosis is often found hiding in areas under the gum line which are easily missed by conventional brushing, even by the most diligent patients. However, a hygienist will be able to use the professional dental tools at their disposal to help remove these well-hidden breath bacteria for good.

A Brighter, Wider Smile – Nobody should feel self-conscious about their smile and a hygienist clean can help to remove stains, plaque, discolouration and tartar build up to create a brighter smile that you will want to show off.

Smart Investment – There are few better investments in your health than spending on hygiene appointments and appropriate oral health products to avoid problems further down the line. Hygienists are able to spot the very early signs of potential dental issues and help stop them in their tracks which can save you painful and expensive treatments at a later date.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

As your dentist, we can’t be there every day to brush your teeth for you and ensure you are taking care of your oral health as you should be – that part is down to you. When you are brushing your teeth it is important to remember that there are five surfaces to every tooth;

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

Make sure that you are thorough and that you clean all of these surfaces every time you brush.

We recommend an electric or manual toothbrush combined with a fluoride toothpaste as well as interdental cleaning products such as – interdental brushes, floss, water flossers or floss sticks. When used consistently with the correct technique, these will help you to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent unwanted dental issues.

Oral Hygiene Advice

If you are keen to improve your current oral health and create a more efficient dental hygiene routine at home, then take a look at some useful videos we have found to properly illustrate how you can 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:


What does a hygienist appointment entail?

A hygienist appointment will typically begin with an overall oral hygiene assessment to establish the general health of your teeth and gums which will help to determine what is needed during the visit.

This will commonly be followed by ‘scaling’ which uses special tools to carefully remove any build-up of tartar and plaque on the surface of the teeth and gum lines. The hygienist will then give the teeth a thorough clean and shine – including a gentle polish to remove any superficial stains on the surface.

If there are signs of decay, then a fluoride or antibacterial gel may also be applied.

Our hygienists will also be able to provide expert advice on maintaining your oral health going forward with information on;

  • Managing bad breath
  • Effective brushing techniques
  • Maintenance of gum disease

A standard scale and polish should be pain free for most patients. However, for those with sensitivity or who feel discomfort during treatment there are potential anaesthetic options that can be discussed to help provide a more comfortable experience.

Following treatment, some sensitivity of the teeth or tender gums is completely normal as it is with most dental treatments and should be easily tolerated until it subsides after a few days.

After the first hygienist treatment, each subsequent appointment should result in lessened discomfort as the gums become healthier and the teeth possess less tartar build-up.

If during your regular dental check-up, our dentists determine that a scaling treatment is clinically required, then this is available on the NHS or it can be provided by a hygienist or dental therapist.

Band 1 – A simple scaling is included within this band

Band 2 – More complex treatments for gum problems may fall within band 2

Private – If you wish to see one of our gum experts then it is possible to see one of our hygienists. This can be provided on a private basis for which appointments typically start at around £45, but be sure to speak to one of our advisors upon booking for full costs.

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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