Dental Hygienist Check-up and Appointments

Dental Hygienist appointments

Book a Hygienist or Dental Therapist Appointment

After recent changes in dental legislation, ‘Direct Access’ means our fully trained and competent dental hygienists and dental therapists can see you without first having to see a dentist. So, you don’t need to be referred by your dentist, have a dentist’s prescription or even be registered with Larkham House. Book your direct appointment here.

What do our Hygienists and Hygiene Therapists do for you?

The primary role of our Hygienists Joanna and Jill and Hygiene Therapist Kelly is to provide preventative care and control of oral health to our patients. Ensuring that you have a stable and healthy mouth. Not only to give your teeth and gums a much more thorough clean than you can achieve at home, but also to spot early warning signs of more serious developments such as gum disease and even oral cancer.

Our care includes:
  • Scale and polish
  • Airflow polish
  • A review your past medical and dental history
  • Assess the current health of your mouth and surrounding tissue
  • Provide treatment using the latest technology, including comfort aids such as numbing
  • Provide you with oral health education and product recommendations
  • Send you home with a tailored treatment plan to maintain your oral health
  • Recommend further periodontic treatment where necessary

Good oral hygiene is essential before embarking on expensive restorations such as implants, the placement of crowns and bridges or orthodontic treatment, which require special hygiene care.

What is Air Polishing or Airflow?

Airflow is the leading teeth cleaning system which uses a focused jet of compressed air, water and bicarbonate particles to gently polish away surface staining and dental plaque from the teeth. This non-invasive treatment, gently removes staining, is kind to the tooth surface and significantly improves tooth brightness, giving you noticeably lighter and brighter teeth and an alternative to professional teeth whitening.

Will hygiene treatment hurt?

Scaling and polishing is usually totally pain free. However, if you do have any discomfort the hygienist can use anaesthetic creams, or give you some local anaesthetic. Please let your hygienist know at the time so they can help with your discomfort.

Before a scale and polish at Larkham House

What is dental hygiene and why is it important?

Good dental hygiene is proven to be one of the most important ways of preventing long term dental problems. Dental hygiene involves the health of your teeth, gums, mouth and can even extend to your throat. Poor oral hygiene can lead to not only embarrassing symptoms which would interfere with your social life, making it difficult to eat and speak, but serious conditions, effecting your overall health. So, maintaining good dental hygiene is critical.

Poor oral hygiene can cause:
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • The build-up of visible plaque and tartar
  • Stained teeth
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain when eating
  • Tooth decay
  • Loose teeth and even tooth loss
  • Dental abscesses

As part of our professional dental team, all our hygienists and hygiene therapists work hand in hand with our dentists offering expert advice and support to all our patients.

After scale and polish at Larkham House

How often should you visit the hygienist?

If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist and dental hygienist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. This includes tooth scaling to remove plaque, tooth polishing and removal of tartar to prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. Some patients who are more susceptible to gum disease should see a hygienist more often.

About Dental Hygiene and Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene can lead to the mouth becoming a bacterial breeding ground and, if neglected or oral hygiene is ignored, it can lead to gum disease (also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis). Bacteria associated with periodontitis can enter the bloodstream via bleeding gums and has been linked to the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Generalised inflammation
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lung disease

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Friendly and welcoming

Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the manner of the dentist I saw this morning with our kids. She explained everything she was doing and showed the kids the tools, the practice was friendly and welcoming.

Happy patient

Delighted by the service

I attended this morning and was delighted by the service I received. Dr. Matthew Sadd was both clear, concise and very helpful and I wanted to put my gratitude in writing.


Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.


Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

Dental implant patient December

Happy Implant Patient

I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

Implant patient

Professional Treatment

Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

Implant Patient

A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

Claire F.

Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

Lyndsey W.

Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

Joanna C.

Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

Abigail R. S.

Excellent service

Excellent service and jolly good hygienists too!

Debbie C.

Excellent practice

Excellent practice. Hygienist brilliant!

Donna E.
Periodontitis treatment at Larkham House
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