Dental Hygienist

There is growing evidence that the bacteria in your mouth can affect your overall health by entering your bloodstream through inflamed gums. Celebrate Yourself and Your Health in 2019 by visiting our expert Hygienists.

Boutique Smile Pampering Hygienist Service (1hr)

Boutique style hygienist pampering is something your teeth have been looking forward to for a very long time and now the moment has arrived at WMD. We are offering the ultimate in hygienist service which includes a whitening goodie bag with a pack of Tepes.

Advanced Hygienist Care

Our Advanced Hygienist Service - Empowering you to prevent potential future lost teeth & compromised overall health...

Gum Disease commonly causes bad breath & tooth loss & also allows potent bacteria into your blood. There is growing evidence that these bacteria may eventually overwhelm your immune system and create general health concerns such as heart disease...

In-spite of our Diligent Hygienist Team, many, perhaps most of our patients have been struggling to really control their Dental Plaque.


Our Hygiene Team counter this with the very latest technology to monitor and show you potential problem areas. They take extra time to coach you in simple new routines to eliminate Dental Plaque and freshen your breath.

Achieving Excellent Oral Hygiene is a genuine challenge for the majority so we now offer a 45 minute ‘Advanced Oral Care & Cleaning’ appointments. If you have not visited a hygienist for a very long time, we would recommend having an extended appointment.

This gives the Hygiene team the essential extra time to help you. They will record and show you clearly any areas where you are leaving plaque using the very latest ‘In mouth’ cameras. They’ll also carefully watch your existing routine (please bring your brush and in between teeth ‘Devices’) and give you one on one coaching in front of a mirror, to help you develop your skill and dexterity. This is in addition to our gentle, thorough tartar removal and polishing.

We take your Health and Confidence in your ability to really care for your teeth seriously and are really looking forward to the progress you’ll soon make!

So prevent future dental problems, dental expenses and a potentially compromised overall health by booking your Hygiene appointment today.

Scaling and Root Planing


Great brushing is the new medicine!

Gum disease and subsequent tooth loss in later life can cripple your confidence, ability to chew and enjoy your food and require expensive dental solutions...By prioritising your twice yearly hygiene visits, you are saying no to the drama and expense of future tooth loss...Book your Direct Access Hygienist Appointment Today!

We have two excellent dental hygienists on site who are now able to see you without the need to see a dentist or be one of our patients. This is called direct access.

Unless you already have an excellent daily oral hygiene routineand thus minimal tartar, you will probably need 2 visits to an oral hygienist per year (more if you have gum disease). This helps you to more effectively remove the bacteria laden tartar around and under your gums as part of your daily brushing and flossing routine. The hygienist will also remove any stains from coffee, tea, cigarettes or red wine by polishing the teeth. We provide sodium bicarbonate-based jet polishing on a private basis which is used for extremely stained or smokers teeth.

Our Hygienists are not legally allowed to advise you on or diagnose your teeth so if you have any general dental questions or problems - Please use our online form - although we cannot advise you without you coming to see a dentist- we may be able to shed some light on your question in general terms!

If you are coming just to see the Hygienist without necessarily joining the practice- your first 45 minute appointment is charged at £86.00 taken in advance.

Please note for all new patients we take payment in full over the phone at time of booking- you may cancel provided you give us 48 hours that situation we will promptly send a refund straight into your bank account .

Please also note that although our hygienists are very gentle- tartar is teeming with bacteria which causes gum disease, bad breath and sore inflamed gums- it may sometimes be a little painful having it removed but if you want to keep your teeth in your old age- it is crucial that this is carefully done. Once removed- provided you apply the simple effective brushing, flossing and special between teeth tooth brushes techniques- you will never have to dread coming to see the hygienist in the future!


*Terms and conditions-Please quote ‘West Malling Web Offer’ for our special offers, we reserve right to change all prices and offers so please quote on phone to ensure you can claim your discount.

Here are 6 effective ways to test your own breath at home:

  1. The Cotton Test: Wipe the top surface of your tongue with a piece of cotton gauze and smell it. This is probably the most honest way. Also, if you notice a yellowish stain on the cotton, it's likely that you have an elevated sulfide production level.
  2. The Lick Test: Lick the back of your hand. Let that dry for about 10 seconds and then smell. If you notice an odor, you may have a breath disorder because the sulfur salts from your tongue have been transferred to your hand.
  3. The Dental Floss Test: Run a piece of dental floss between your back teeth (this is the mostly likely place where you may get food caught) and then smell the floss. This may be an indication of the level of odors others detect.
  4. The Mirror Test: Stand in front of the mirror and stick your tongue out as far as possible. If you notice that the very back of your tongue is whitish, it may be a sign that you have bad breath.
  5. The Observation Test: Judge the reaction of others when you interact with them. After using TheraBreath products, our patients tell us that they are no longer offered gum and mints and people no longer step away from them. It has significantly changed their confidence and improved their lives.
  6. The Ask Test: Ask the opinion of someone you can trust (a good friend, a spouse, even your kids). Ask them to check your breath several times daily because breath changes throughout the day.
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Faq's about Dental Hygienist

How often should I see a dental hygienist?

To prevent long term tooth loss you should visit the hygienist at least twice a year. If you are already suffering from gum disease, more frequent visits maybe specified by our dental hygiene team. As you get older more visits to the hygienist are recommended if you wish to keep your teeth into your golden years.

How do I improve my oral hygiene?

By making regular visits to your dental hygienist who is expert at coaching the specific skills you need to maximize your oral care. These usually include mastering Electric Toothbrushing, the use of 'TePe' Interdental brushes and Dental Floss.

How do we make your Painless Dental Hygienist visit so comfortable?

We use High-Tech Ultra-Sonic cleaning technology, and where required we rub some topical anesthetic gel onto any inflamed gum. If your teeth are sensitive to cold, we also recommend using a sensitive toothpaste for 2 weeks before your visit.

Are you able to see the Dental Hygienist without joining our patient register?

YES! We welcome 'Direct Access' patients- who may be registered with another practice. We provide a stand out level of service and oral hygiene education that visiting most NHS dentists and many private ones, simply do not have/take the time to provide.

Is there a connection between poor Oral Hygiene and Heart disease?

Increasingly the link between the chronic bacterial attack and subsequent gum inflammation (that we call gum disease) and Heart Disease is being proven. If you look after your gums, you tend to look after yourself- So in our minds, a Healthy Heart requires Healthy Gums. Click here to find out more about Gum and Heart Disease Links.

At West Malling Dental & Implant Centre, we pride ourselves in having some of the most forward thinking, caring and high quality Dental Hygienist Service Kent has to offer. Please fill in the form to inquire/request a Dental Hygiene visit Today!

Practice opening hours

  • Mon, Thurs 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
  • Tues, Wed 8.30 am to 7.00 pm
  • Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

23-27 Swan Street
West Malling
ME19 6JU

Telephone: 01732 842 439


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