Getting to the root of dental health!

August 18, 2023

As with most things, in dentistry prevention is always better than cure.

The dental hygienist is the expert who will assess your oral health and carry out preventive treatment. With more adult teeth being lost through gum disease rather than tooth decay, regular dental hygiene treatment is essential to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Visits to a hygienist combined with dental check-ups, and maintaining excellent health care at home, will improve the appearance of your teeth and your oral health.

We all know that we should be brushing our teeth in the morning and the evening. Ensuring you brush your teeth before you go to bed is particularly important, your mouth is a great place for bacteria to breed whilst you sleep so make sure you remove food and the daily build up of plaque before you settle down for the night.

A Hygienist will work alongside your Dentist and will help all patients achieve and maintain excellent oral hygiene. They will work closely with patients and develop a personalised prevention plan to optimise dental and periodontal health. At our practice we aim to ensure every patient has the best possible experience, we provide a relaxing and comfortable environment, with patient comfort a priority.

The main role of the Dental Hygienist is to prevent the causes of dental disease by clinically removing plaque and tartar build up around the teeth and gumline which can be difficult to manage at home. Hygienists can also offer valuable advice on how to maintain a healthy diet

Each patient is different, and we will tailor the dental treatment to our patients’ needs. If you are a new patient, we will evaluate your oral health history and carefully examine the soft tissue of your mouth, your gums, and your teeth. Whilst checking for any decay, or sign of gum disease, your Hygienist will also identify any other issues that will affect your heath and overall wellbeing.

Once you have had your assessment, treatment will begin with primary polishing and scaling. This will remove any plaque and tartar and prevent diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Both diseases cause severe discomfort and in the case of advanced gum disease, can even result in losing teeth.

Regular visits to the Dental Hygienist will help prevent gum disease, and patients will avoid toothaches and inflamed and bleeding gums. Your dental hygienist will also offer tailored advice on how to maintain good dental health and demonstrate techniques you can use at home.

Great oral health is something to smile about. Book your Dental Hygienist appointment today and get your mouth in tip-top shape!

"I had a fantastic experience, the service from start to finish from all the team was fantastic. Mr Shelley and his assistant went above and beyond to ensure my dentistry treatment was perfect. I would highly recommend this practice to everyone. Superb! Super happy with the finished results, thank you!!!”

- Caroline Austin

"I had my 1st experience at Shelley and Pope I was very nervous as I had multiple things wrong with my teeth, when I went in the receptionists were so warm and friendly I was then taken upstairs to see James what a pleasant person he looked at my teeth and put my mind at rest straight away, his nurse was really nice . After James and the hygienists advice my teeth and gums feel tons better. I am ready to start my treatment .Thank you."

- Chris Burton

"I've had another fantastic experience recently visiting my dentist James Tinning, the best dentist out there, such a personable and warm manner about him. Always giving me great advice on how to keep my teeth, clean, healthy and white. Have had no more fillings or problems since going to see James. I highly recommend James and the team over at Shelley and Pope"

- Helen Fleming
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