Dental Hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist in giving care to patients. Their main role is to professionally clean the teeth for the patients, to apply preventative materials to the teeth and gums and to show patients how to correctly maintain their oral health.
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The hygienist’s main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This involves professionally cleaning the teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’). However, perhaps the most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Hygienists also give advice about diet and preventing tooth decay. The hygienist will work with your dentist to give you care that is tailored to your needs. They also perform cosmetic cleaning, fresh breath treatments and can use Air-Flow to remove surface stains from the teeth.


Air-Flow treatment is a pleasant and comfortable oral cleansing therapy. It takes just one appointment and will leave your teeth feeling smooth, clean, polished and ready to smile with confidence. Air-Flow uses a spray of air, aesthetic polishing powder and a gentle jet stream of water to remove surface stains caused by tobacco, food and drink etc.  This  treatment is only available at our Crawley practice and you will need to book it specifically when you book your normal hygiene appointment . Please note this is an add on to your hygiene appointment and cannot be booked as its’ own appointment.

Please note that only registered patients can book these treatments – visit our Become a Patient page for more information.


Why have I been asked to see a hygienist?

Your dentist has advised/referred you to see the hygienist because you may have staining, a build-up of plaque and tartar or signs of gum disease. Your gums may be inflamed or bleeding and as they form the foundation for your teeth, looking after them is paramount to your oral health.

What does the treatment involve?

The hygienist will use her expertise to carefully remove the plaque and tartar build up on your teeth with special instruments such as a hand or ‘ultrasonic scaler’, sometimes taking measurements to note the pockets (space) between your teeth and gums. They will then polish your teeth with a ‘polishing brush’. She will be happy to answer any questions and advise you on aids to help you with your daily maintenance routine

How often will I have to see the hygienist?

With regular hygiene visits to remove plaque and tartar, a good diet and daily maintenance at home, you can help prevent or improve tooth decay and gum disease. Every patient is different so the hygienist will recommend how often you need to attend, to help keep your gums and mouth healthy.

Why is hygienist treatment important

Regular professional cleaning combined with looking after your teeth and gums well at home will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.

Can a hygienist help prevent gum disease?

This is what the training of the hygienist is all about. By carefully removing the hard deposits of calculus (tartar) that build up on the teeth and teaching you how to prevent it reforming, the progress of gum disease is slowed.

By discussing your diet, and recommending other preventative measures, the rate at which your teeth decay can also be slowed down. Regular visits and advice will help build your confidence in maintaining your oral health and achieving a healthy mouth.

Why choose us?

  • All our hygienists are experienced and highly qualified
  • We employ the latest techniques and use modern equipment (EMS and Satalec)
  • We offer Air-Flow, a revolutionary air abrasion cleaning system
  • Competitively priced
  • Weekend appointments available at West Hove
  • Evening appointments available at Portslade Village
  • Large modern practice with friendly experienced staff
  • Ample free parking at West Hove and Crawley




If you are unsure what treatment suits your needs then please get in touch and we would be happy to help you make the right decision.

Choose your local centre below and get your consultation arranged.


SDG – Portslade Village
39 High Street
Portslade Old Village
Portslade, East Sussex
BN41 2LH
SDG – West Hove
116 - 120 St Andrew's Road
Brighton, East Sussex
BN41 1DE
SDG – Crawley
Cnr of Broadfield Place & Coachmans Drive
Crawley, West Sussex
RH11 9YZ