In the past, most patients only saw a dental hygienist when they were advised to by a dentist, usually because they had symptoms of gum disease; however, now, dental hygiene treatments are available to all and we highly recommend seeing a dental hygienist on a regular basis. Our expert hygienists provide a range of services, from preventative treatments, such as sealants and fluoride varnish, to advice about giving up smoking and oral hygiene, and cleaning treatments, including scale and polish. The aim is to prevent oral health diseases and increase the chances of patients enjoying beautiful, healthy smiles. The benefits of seeing a dental hygienist are often clear for patients who have problems such as bad breath and tartar; however, there are also amazing advantages for patients who have good oral health. As well as helping to tackle existing problems, hygienists can help to prevent further issues, reduce the risk of disease and make the smile look more attractive. The cleaning treatments provided by hygienists are much more powerful than cleaning with a toothbrush at home and they remove plaque and tartar, eradicate surface stains and polish the teeth to give them a stunning healthy glow. Our hygienists are also on hand to answer any of your oral health questions and to help with issues related to oral health, such as diet and healthy eating and quitting smoking. Fighting gum disease is one of our priorities and our hygienists play a very important role in the management and prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease; they work alongside our Essex dentists to provide regular cleaning treatments, offer advice about maintaining good oral hygiene at home and ensure patients are free from pain.