Dental Hygiene

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Clean teeth for great oral
health from your hygienist

Routine dental hygiene visits are essential – after all, the leading cause of tooth loss is poor gum health and not tooth decay. Maintaining gum health by visiting our highly skilled hygienists will lead to improving the longevity of your teeth.

Why is it important to visit a dental hygienist?

Maintaining great daily hygiene at home keeps gum disease and tooth decay at bay. By working with a hygienist as well, you can ensure even better oral health. The hygienist will be able to access the hard to reach or missed areas of your mouth, giving you the following benefits:

  • Reduced risk of early inflamed gums (gingivitis) and advanced gum disease (periodontitis).
  • There is less chance of needing potentially unnecessary and avoidable treatment in the future.
  • Helps you keep your natural teeth, gums or implants for longer.
  • Helps avoid the consequences of gum disease in the mouth, including bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth and tooth loss, plus drifting and uneven teeth.
  • Helps avoid the consequences of advanced gum disease to the rest of the body, primarily diabetes, heart and vascular disease, plus other conditions such as Alzheimer’s and lung disease (pneumonia).

Many people who come to us have suffered the consequences of bad oral hygiene and need teeth taken out – don’t let that be you! By coming to us early we can stop the disease process from starting and even if you have gum disease, don’t delay as we can always help.

Hear from our Customers

  • review rating 5  A big thank you to all at Gentle Dental for the work and support they provided over the last 12 months. Kam, Shivani, Daniela, Nina all were great to deal with.

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    review rating 5  Really kind and friendly dentist, highly recommend!

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  • review rating 5  I visited to have two teeth extractions a few weeks ago and was so frightened. I saw Dr Shivani and she was very calming and extremely professional at all times, I can honestly say one of the best practitioners in oral health I've been seen by. I would highly recommend this Dental surgery to anyone wanting highly professional, PAIN FREE - excellent experience. Thank you so much x Leigh Shilton.

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    review rating 5  Great dentist, very professional and helpful. Dr Avi and various employees always make my experience here very pleasant.

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  • review rating 5  I loved my entire experience with Gentle Dental Care! The staff are all so friendly and accommodating and always willing to help wherever they can! I’m also super happy with my results! I highly recommend Dr Avi and the team!

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    review rating 4  I do not write reviews for the sake of it! But I've got to say that I received more info on dental care in that one half hour sitting, than at any other time in my life. The dentist was so passionate about her advice on preventative care; and a very holistic approach. The staff and general environment were very welcoming and comfortable throughout. The actual treatment was also of a high standard. Thanks guys!

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  • review rating 5  I am a VERY nervous patient due to bad experiences at dentists in the past. All the staff have been so friendly, helpful and reassuring, putting me at ease. I will have no problem returning for regular checkups as my confidence has been reinstalled. Thank you so much!!!

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    review rating 5  Earlier this year, in March 2018 I went to Kam at Gentle Dental Care, very very much in pain. I had to have two back teeth extracted. I opted for sedation when having the teeth taken out. I chose to have these replaced with Implants once the extraction had healed. During this time I also had a crown put on another tooth. As a very nervous patient, I can honestly say from start to finish the whole process has been a breeze. I attended 5 visits in total and was sedated twice, once for the extraction and once for the initial implant procedure. Kam definitely lives up to his name of the most gentle dentist in Croydon and I can tell how much he cares about his patients and doing the very best for them. The whole team at the surgery are lovely, put me at ease and reassured me every step of the way. It has been painless in every sense of the word. A couple of weeks ago, I went for the last process of having the implant crowns fitted and they look amazing and I could not be happier. 😃 Thank you so much Kam and all your team. Pauline Lee

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  • review rating 5  This dental practice has had a transformation since I visited a year ago for my regular check up and hygiene. The practice environment has had remodelling done making it look sleek and welcoming. Dr Anhaar continues to be the dentist there and as is always the case, her attention to detail is meticulous. I have had varied courses of treatments that started with a crown and a root canal to regular hygiene visits, and now my family and I continue to receive the care from her team. Hope you go from strength to strength and thank you for looking after our teeth.

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    review rating 5  All West Wickham Dental Practice staff from receptionist to dentist are very polite, professional and friendly. They are very caring and always make sure to provide you with the high quality dental work. Outstanding service! Highly recommended.

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What does a
dental hygienist do?

A dental hygienist is responsible for promoting your oral health, providing treatment to prevent and manage periodontal (gum) disease.

  • Your hygienist works closely with other members of the dental team who will prescribe preventive and non-invasive treatments to help you overcome the early signs of periodontal disease.
  • Prevention and regular care are essential for keeping your teeth, gums and mouth healthy.
  • If your gum disease is more advanced we may recommend seeing a gum specialist (periodontist)  within the group who will be able to help manage it and give more complex and advanced treatment solutions.
  • We usually recommend seeing a hygienist every six months, but this will depend on the overall health of your gums and your risk status. Some people are more prone to advanced gum disease and therefore require more care.

Why visit Gentle Dental Care for your general hygienist appointments?

  • Seeing a member of our expert hygiene team for care is a positive and comfortable experience.
  • We will start with a hygiene assessment, looking for any inflammation, bleeding, soft plaque and hard deposits (calculus).
  • Our team will give you all the essential advice you need to maintain a fresh, healthy and clean mouth.
  • Our team will gently scale and polish your teeth, removing the soft and hard debris and deposits from your teeth and gums.
  • We will also teach you to select the ideal toothbrush and other cleaning aids (such as floss, interdental brushes and mouthwash) and, more importantly, teach you how to use these properly to prevent gum disease.

Teeth stain removal:

  • Teeth that are stained can look dramatically better after a session with the hygienist.
  • At Gentle Dental Care we have the latest stain removal technology and we use jet air polishers with micro-particles to quickly and painlessly remove any surface staining. This is a non-invasive treatment that preserves the tooth’s enamel.

Gum disease treatment:

  • Your hygienist works closely with other members of the dental team who will prescribe preventive and non-invasive treatments to help you overcome the early signs of periodontal disease.
  • Prevention and regular care are essential for keeping your teeth, gums and mouth healthy.

Smile Gallery

We help you maintain good oral health and improve the appearance of your teeth, with hygiene appointments to suit you.


Do you need another service?

If your gum disease is more advanced, we will usually recommend gum treatment with one of our highly qualified dentists.

A hygienist can only remove staining – your teeth won’t look dramatically whiter. If you want whiter teeth and stain removal with a hygienist isn’t enough, you might also like to consider teeth whitening treatments.

Contact the team at Gentle Dental Care to discuss your hygiene appointment further. We can help you improve your smile and feel confident in your appearance, with flexible hygiene appointments to suit everyone. Book in for a consultation and let’s see how we can be of assistance.

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With dental practices in Croydon and Bromley and a team of expert clinicians, we have the expertise to ensure that your visit to the dentist is one that you will enjoy.

Gentle Dental Care – it is who we are, and what we do