Dental Hygienist

Restore your smile and prevent gum disease

  • Esher – 01372 464 000
  • Wandsworth – 02088 700 030
  • Or just walk in!

Avg. Treatment Time

30 – 45 Minutes


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Dental hygienist treatment provides a complete, professional clean of your teeth and gums by removing any built-up plaque, tartar and calculus which has not been removed via brushing or flossing. Dental hygiene treatments help prevent gum disease by removing the bacteria found in plaque which causes it.

Smita Mehra

A word from Dr Smita Mehra, Principal Dentist

Our dental hygienists are careful, understanding and strive to make sure your treatment is as pain-free and thorough as possible. By seeing our hygienists regularly you increase the odds of not having to see one of our dentists or surgeons and preventing problems before they happen!

Our team of dental hygienists provide a deep, comprehensive clean of your teeth and gums, as well as providing detailed advice and guidance on how to keep them clean and healthy from home.

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“Had an absolutely magical experience at The Neem Tree one Sunday morning! Both my girls are petrified of visiting the dentist, and we can never usually make it through the door. Their hygienist … is an absolute ball of joy, and what I thought would be an absolute nightmare of a morning, was the most wonderful experience. What a lovely introduction to the world of dental hygiene”

Your gums are the foundation of your teeth and are vital to their health, stability and longevity. If they are not cleaned properly then plaque will build up, which is filled with bacteria that erode and decay teeth and gums. If plaque is not removed it will harden to form calculus (tartar), which is much harder to remove without professional assistance.

Untreated, plaque and tartar will erode the teeth and gums, causing the gums to recede (pull away), opening up pockets for food, plaque and bacteria to collect – which leads to gum disease.

Dental Hygienist Services at the Neem Tree

Our dental hygiene appointments last approximately 30 minutes and entail a detailed assessment of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. From this, we can then identify any areas that are in need of improvement and other areas which may require specialist input.

In addition to this, the hygienist will be able to provide a deep clean to ensure that the teeth and gums are clean. They will also provide you with hygiene demonstrations and a programme to ensure they are kept clean until the next appointment.

Book a Dental Hygiene Appointment in Esher or Wandsworth



The Neem Tree
Wandsworth Dental Practice

515 Old York Rd, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TF
Call: 02088 700 030
Email: [email protected]



The Neem Tree
Esher Dental Practice

138 High Street, Esher, KT10 9QJ
Call: 01372 464 000
Email: [email protected]

Fee Guide

Hygienefrom £99
Airflow Tooth Stain Removal+ £20
Perio Hygiene (60 mins)from £260

Dental Hygiene FAQs

What dental problems can a hygienist treat?

Hygienists usually focus on identifying and treating gum disease. Our hygienist specialists are highly skilled clinicians, trained in the management of all forms of gum disease. Their expertise lies in the ability to stabilise mild to severe forms of gum disease.

They do not solely focus on treating gum disease, hygienists are mainly concerned with preventative dental health and showing all their patients correct home care so they do not form any oral health issues. 

How often do I need to see the hygienist?

How often you need to attend the hygienist will vary from case to case. We generally recommend scheduling appointments with three month intervals for better monitoring and maximum dental health care. However, depending on your individual circumstance, your hygienist will advise you on how often you need an appointment with them.

Can hygiene treatments replace brushing?

No, hygienist services cannot replace your current oral health routine. It is still absolutely vital to regularly brush and floss your teeth after each meal, even if you attend a hygienist. 

You can find out more information on the best dental health routines here.

Are hygiene treatments painful?

Although we aim for all our procedures to be as pain-free as possible, some hygiene treatments can often feel uncomfortable, or even painful. Patients with poor dental hygiene may experience more pain than others for the first few sessions with the hygienist. 

As your oral health improves, the discomfort during your appointments will lessen over time. Patients with sensitive teeth may also experience some discomfort.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your hygienist if you have any questions or concerns, we will aim to make your treatment as pain-free as possible.

What happens in a hygiene appointment

Our dental hygiene appointments will last approximately 30 minutes and they will consist of a detailed assessment of the gums and supporting structures of your teeth. From this initial assessment, we can then identify if there are any issues that need to be addressed. 

In addition to this, the hygienist will be able to provide a deep clean to ensure both your gums and teeth are clean.

How long do hygiene appointments take?

Our hygiene appointments usually take up to 30 minutes.

Can I eat and drink after my hygiene appointment?

In the event that you do undergo a fluoride treatment, avoid stressing your teeth while trying to heal from the cleaning. It would be a good idea to wait at least 30 minutes after the cleaning before eating or drinking anything. This is to ensure that the treatments take full effect and the teeth have been able to absorb and remineralise the fluoride completely. 

Can I smoke after my hygiene appointment?

No, smoking is never recommended. If you are a smoker, make sure that you avoid smoking for at least 72 hours after your deep cleaning procedure. 

Smoking interferes with the way your gums tissues heal to begin with. It will especially negatively affect the post-surgical healing of the tissues and also increases the risk of infection.

Should I brush my teeth before my hygiene appointment?

You can brush and floss your teeth before your appointment, it will not do you any harm. However, it is important to know that if you are scheduled for a regular cleaning, your dental hygienist will be assigned to thoroughly floss your teeth regardless of whether you floss before hand or not. 

Whether you have a hygienist appointment or not, it is important to keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day.

What are the signs that I need to see a hygienist?

You need to see a dental hygienist to:

  • Prevent bad breath: if you are experiencing bad breath, it is usually a result of an underlying dental problem.
  • Prevent gum disease if you have bleeding or painful gums.
  • Detect any other dental issues if you have been experiencing problems with your teeth.
  • Get a whiter smile
  • Improve teeth sensitivity
  • Spot any signs of cancer
  • Stop bleeding gums 
What are the benefits of hygienist treatment?
  • Help prevent and treat gum disease
  • Removes any plaque and calculus with professional cleaning
  • Teaches at home cleaning techniques to main good oral hygiene
What is gum disease?

Gum disease (gingivitis) is very common and at the same time very easily treatable. If not treated, it can result in a more severe form of disease known as periodontitis, which involves bone loss. This can be very difficult to treat and, if excessive, can result in recession of gums, wobbly teeth and ultimately tooth loss. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK and for this reason, it is important to maintain healthy gums and prevent the progression of gum disease.

Can Hygienist Services replace my current oral health routine?

No, hygienist services cannot replace your current oral health routine. It is still absolutely vital to regularly brush and floss your teeth after each meal, even if you attend a hygienist.


Calculus is plaque that has not been properly cleaned and has hardened. Calculus is sometimes called tartar and is very hard to remove.

Gingivitis is a milder (though still serious) form of gum disease that causes swelling, redness, pain and bleeding in affected gums.

Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease where the soft tissue has become damaged and can lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal Specialist
Periodontal Specialists are experts in the treatment and prevention of gum disease and oral inflammation, as well as dental implants.

Plaque is a sticky, white/pale yellow substance which appears after eating and contains harmful bacteria which damage teeth and gums.

Receding Gums
Receding Gums are a condition where the gums begin to pull back away from the teeth, which can expose the tooth roots.

Tartar is plaque that has not been cleaned away and has hardened. Tartar is often called calculus and is very difficult to remove.