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Gum Treatment and Dental Hygienist in Tunbridge Wells

Much of our gum treatment is carried out by our dental hygienist in a welcoming and relaxed environment. All of our patients at The Town House Dental Practice in Tunbridge Wells are screened regularly for gum disease in your regular dental check ups. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, will require treatment to restore gums to their optimum health. This is not only to ensure the health of your mouth but also to prevent major health problems from occurring as a result of periodontal disease.


You may have a had an uncomfortable experience with gum treatment before, but it is important to know that all of our hygienist have a gentle approach and gum treatment becomes more comfortable with time. You also don’t need to be registered with our dentist to get a hygienist appointment in Tunbridge Wells, see below for more information about direct access.


We also offer a FREE virtual consultation, simply send us a photo of your smile and any dental concerns you may have and one of our dentists will address your concerns and recommend the best treatments for you before scheduling a face-to-face appointment at our dental clinic.

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Direct access to your Dental Hygienist

You now have the option of booking an appointment to see your dental hygienist directly without needing to see the dentist first. We have two hygienists working at the Town House Dental Practice who can see you without you having to see the dentist first.

At your appointment your dental hygienist will complete a thorough examination of your mouth and will undertake any treatment necessary which falls within their “Scope of Practice”. This sometimes may require further appointments.

Scope of practice

Dental hygienists practising under Direct Access are not expected to make a diagnosis or provide treatment outside of their “Scope of Practice”. Dental hygienists are not all expected to practice under Direct Access, only those whose training, including post graduate training enables them to do so and the choice to see a dental hygienist directly remains entirely with you. You are still welcome to book an appointment with your dentist in the normal way.

If you’d like to book a dental hygienist appointment at our dental practice in Tunbridge Wells, get in touch by calling 01892 616062 or by visiting our contact page.


  1. What does a dental hygienist do?

    A dental hygienist at Townhouse Dental Practice can screen your mouth for any early signs of dental concerns such as gum disease (Periodontitis).

  2. Why is it important to take care of your gums?

    Neglecting your gum health can lead to gum disease, which causes the gums to become swollen and sore. If left untreated, gum disease can worsen over time and cause teeth to become loose and even fall out.

  3. I'm a nervous patient, how can you help me?

    We want all of our patients to feel totally comfortable during their appointments, so we can offer a number of solutions to put you at ease. Get in touch with our team in Tunbridge Wells to see how we can help you.

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    “Well organised (Covid precautions). Both dentists “pain free” and knowledgeable. Hygienists very good – plus good advice for keeping teeth healthy going forward.”

    Ann Analyst

    “I have been using this dental practice for 3 years now (formerly iTeeth). Karen the receptionist is very friendly and I have always received excellent treatment from dentist Sally Atkinson and hygienists Marcella and Theresa. The surgery has recently undergone a makeover and the reception area offers a very calming and relaxing place to wait. Very highly recommended.”

    Linda Waters

    “This is a really good dental practice where I have always been made welcome and cared for over many years. My thanks especially to my dentist Sally-Anne Atkinson, to Theresa Duke-Brown dental hygienist and to Karen Lee, receptionist/administrator.”

    Gill B

    “Excellent service and attention as usual with very clear explanations of any areas of concern – highly recommended!”

    Rod Wheat

    “I have been here 3 times for hygienist visits. Friendly, efficient and careful.”

    Alex Kremer

    “Simply the best Dental Practice I have ever been to! As a patient of several years, my experiences have always been positive, Sally explains in depth any work required in advance and after my latest visit to Peter for a tooth extraction, I’m very impressed with his professionalism and courtesy.”

    David Bartholomew