Dental Hygienist in Southampton

Specializing in the gum area our dedicated hygiene team take care of all aspects of your oral hygiene.

Dental Hygienist

At Oakley Road our highly trained hygienists and hygiene therapists work on the preventative side of dentistry. Their main objective is to specialise in the gum area and keeping the mouth as clean as possible. We identify periodontal and gum disease and work closely with our patients in rectifying these issues with providing a tailor-made oral hygiene regime and periodontal treatment at the practice.

It is so important to maintain a healthy mouth and all of our patients are encouraged to visit the hygienist. Our general health as well as our gum health can change through life so we are vigilant to keep monitoring this by encouraging review appointments.

 Our hygienist’s favourite quote: ‘Prevention is better than cure’.

Michelle Vinter

A vital member of the dental team in Southampton, our welcoming hygienist Michelle can show and advise you how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Following a thorough assessment of your oral hygiene, she will provide you with a complete healthcare plan. From scaling and polishing to the gentle removal of plaque tartar and stains; you are guaranteed to leave with a sparkling smile.

Michelle is the joint owner of Oakley Road Dental Practice having joined the practice in 1997, first as a dental nurse before qualifying in 2005 as a dental hygienist. Her empathetic nature and enthusiasm to educate on good oral care makes her popular with our patients.

GDC Number: 9962

 

New Patient Hygienist Appointment
£95

Please note: You are only able to book an appointment to access dental hygiene care if you have had a dental check up with a dentist within the last 6 months.

Routine Hygienist Appointment
£68
New Patient Examination and Hygiene Package
£140
Diamond Air Polish
£100

The importance of a healthy mouth

It is often said that your mouth acts a window into your body’s health, able to show you signs of infection and potential disease. Poor diet and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking not only cause issues for your teeth but are contributing factors to gum (periodontal) disease. In additional periodontal disease can be associated with mouth cancer, heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Therefore, a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the hygienist will not only prevent cavities by removing plaque, tartar and stains; but can help maintain your health from head to toe.

Why you should visit our hygienist team

Dental Hygienists are trained professionals who work alongside dentists to maintain your oral health. There to prevent the need for any dental treatment, they can educate and inform you on good oral hygiene and give you the confidence you need to learn to love your smile.

Even the best brusher and flosser may find that there are areas that they find difficult to reach. Hygienists are excellent at removing stains from your teeth and a simple scale and polish will not only brighten your smile but stop disease and tooth loss whilst maintaining healthy tissues in the mouth.

A hygienist is also able to assist you in learning a more efficient cleaning routine for at home. They will teach you how to use special tools and techniques such as flossing or using interdental brushes for a more thorough clean and can advise you on which toothbrush and paste you should be using. They can also provide dietary advice and support you in breaking bad habits – all of which will help to improve your general oral wellbeing.

The best ways to keep your mouth healthy

It is often said that your mouth acts a window into your body’s health, able to show you signs of infection and potential disease. Poor diet and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking not only cause issues for your teeth but are contributing factors to gum (periodontal) disease. In additional periodontal disease can be associated with mouth cancer, heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Therefore, a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the hygienist will not only prevent cavities by removing plaque, tartar and stains; but can help maintain your health from head to toe.

Dental Hygiene – faq’s:

1. Brush your teeth regularly

It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a good fluoride toothpaste. Using either a manual or electric toothbrush, you should angle your brush at 45 degrees towards the gum line to ensure that you cover all areas. Brushing gently, so as not to damage the teeth enamel or erode the gum line, and by using short and circular motions.

2. Flos daily

Flossing or the use of interdental brushes in between teeth will help to remove food or bacteria that has built up throughout the day, preventing decay or gum inflammation. Making sure you use fresh floss each time, wrap it around your index fingers and gentle slide up-and-down between your teeth.

3. Use mouthwash

In addition to brushing and flossing, a good mouthwash can not only freshen your breath but prevent plaque buildup, remove loose particles and food and stop cavities from forming. And when using mouthwash, you will find that you benefit most from a quick rinse after lunch and before bed.

4. Don't forget your tongue

We clean our teeth but often forget about our tongues. Brushing your tongue will help to get rid of dead cells, bacteria and old food particles which, if left can lead to bad breath.

5. Change your diet and break bad habits

Smoking, sugary drinks and even biting our nails have an affect on our mouths, rotting and chipping our teeth and reducing the blood supply to our gums. A well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables will not only keep your mouth healthy but leave you feeling good too.

6. Visit your hygienist

Make sure you visit your hygienist regularly for a check-up. This will give them the opportunity to check for any health problems in addition to offering you advice on the best ways to look after your mouth.

I think this dental practice deserves 10 stars! Before coming here I hated going to the dentist and often found it uncomfortable. Mel and Michelle are absolutely WONDERFUL.

I am now totally fine with dental appointments, and had no idea how actually pleasant they can be! Mel is a fabulous dentist and very gentle with my teeth. I had my first appointment with Michelle the hygienist this week. She was super informative, really put me at ease especially with how she explained everything she was doing, and did a lovely job. All the staff are very welcoming and show a lot if personal interest. If you don’t like going to the dentist then come to this practice, it will change your life

Jessica Winter

Southampton