Dental Hygienist

Hygienist treatment Burton-on-Trent and Swadlincote

Hughes & Owen are proud to have an approach to modern dentistry centred around prevention. This means that we place a lot of emphasis on helping patients to maintain healthy and strong smiles for as long as possible, with minimal need for treatment.

Adult And Child Oral Education

We apply an individual approach to oral hygiene that begins with young patients and educating them so that they feel positive about their oral health. Our specially trained staff has plenty of tricks up their sleeves to ensure children remain engaged and excited when they visit for appointments!

Here at Hughes & Owen we believe that great smiles start right from when we are born. The more comfortable your child feels coming to us and the more tools and information we can supply them with so that they want to care for their teeth, the better. Our preventative approach also includes educating our adult patients too. The more advice we can give you to help you to look after your teeth and gums between check-ups, the more likely it is your smile will stay healthy for years to come.

Individualised Oral Hygiene Care

Each and every patient has individual oral hygiene needs which always include or relate to:

  • The type of teeth and gums they have
  • Any hereditary conditions or predisposal to certain oral health issues
  • Their oral health history
  • Their lifestyle
  • Past treatments
  • Current medical issues that affect oral health

Sometimes these needs may include or relate to:

  • A person's ability to maintain their oral health
  • Cosmetic dentistry treatments
  • A person's desire for more regular visits for routine maintenance



With all of this in mind, we can ensure that each patient, young or old, has an individual oral hygiene plan. It may be that you need to see the hygienist regularly, or it may be that we need to help devise a special oral health plan for you whilst you go through certain medical conditions or treatments. Whatever your individual circumstance and needs, we will take the time to ensure you get the right treatment, advice and oral health care from our team.

Scale & Polish

Not all teeth are perfectly shaped to be cleaned easily, and so even if you have a brilliant oral hygiene regime, you may still miss sections leading to a build-up of plaque and tartar in those areas. If that build-up of plaque is left alone, bacteria will build up and attack the teeth, eventually leading to cavities and contributing to gum disease.

A scale and polish is a treatment used to remove the plaque and tartar build-up from these difficult to reach areas. First, something called a scaler is used to remove the harder bits of tartar, and then various other instruments are used to clean different parts of the teeth. Once they are clean, the teeth are polished using a rotating brush and special paste to make them look and feel fresh and clean.

Are you struggling with your oral health and want to get it firmly back on track? Please call the team at Hughes and Owen to schedule your appointment.

Gum disease

Periodontal Care

Hughes & Owen offer extensive periodontal care, dealing with the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and, surprising as it may seem, it is very common for most people to have it at least once in their life. It is caused by a build-up of plaque and the good news is that it is reversible in its first stage, commonly known as gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the primary stage of gum disease and occurs when plaque continues to build up, hardens and then irritates the gums. The irritated gums then become inflamed and painful and may well bleed easily, which is the first symptom of gum disease you might notice. Seeing your dentist at the first sign of gum disease gives you the best possible chance of reversing the problem. Our approach at this stage would likely involve a scale and polish to stop the plaque build-up from causing any more damage, and then helping you to switch and change your oral hygiene regime so that you can effectively prevent further issues.
If gingivitis is not treated, then it could turn into periodontitis. This secondary stage of the disease is much more serious and occurs where the problem has spread further than the gums, to the jawbone and roots of your teeth. If the condition is advanced you may have already suffered some tooth loss.

Our Strategy

Each and every patient has different needs when it comes to gum disease treatment and we make sure we offer tailor made treatment plans to help to prevent it, or treat and manage it if it has reached its later stage.

Early stage gum disease treatments could include:

  • Special mouthwashes or similar products being prescribed
  • Regular scale and polish appointments
  • Hygienist advice on adjusting your oral care routine

Later stage gum disease treatments could include:

  • A deep clean of the teeth performed under local anaesthetic. This will involve a deep clean into the pockets of the gums and into the roots of the teeth.
  • Advising on adjusting your oral care routine
  • Arranging more regular appointments at the dentist
  • Recommendations on certain lifestyle choices that may be further aggravating the disease