01354 692 151 14 Park Street,
Chatteris, PE16 6AF

Dental care and oral hygiene

The Hollies Dental Practice offers a complete oral hygiene service to patients in Chatteris and throughout the surrounding local area. As an institution we promote the education of all our patients on correct oral hygiene practices.

Our hygienist provides practical advice and dental care treatment for patients of all ages. They will discuss with you  oral hygiene practices that will help you develop a good home care plan to keep your teeth healthy throughout your life.

Promoting healthy teeth and gums

If you don't look after your teeth and practice poor oral hygiene the consequences are often painful and very expensive, and can require abrasive corrective treatment. You can prevent the build up of plaque and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease by adopting good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly.

A gathering of world specialists in the fields of cardiac disease, diabetes and gum disease concluded the following:

Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease may reduce part of the risk for diabetes and heart disease.  …By regulating infections in the mouth we can reduce systemic infections.” 
First Oral Probiotic Symposium, Barcelona 2008 

Why is good oral hygiene important?

It is very important to follow a good oral hygiene routine at home to avoid the two most common dental problems which are tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these diseases are caused by dental plaque.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a soft, whitish coloured 'sticky goo' that builds up on the teeth when bacteria present in the mouth combines with food and saliva. Plaque is formed continuously throughout the day, mostly between your teeth and along the gum line where it is difficult to reach with your toothbrush. Where plaque builds up the bacteria can begin to cause tooth decay (which leads to cavities which will need fillings) and gum disease. The longer plaque is left undisturbed, the more damage it does. It is estimated that 72% of the population has visible plaque and tartar. However, with a good oral hygiene routine, plaque can be reduced to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

What is Tartar?

Tartar is formed when the minerals in saliva cause plaque to harden, this usually occurs along the gum line. Tartar is cream coloured, can attract tea and coffee stains and the rough surface caused by tartar build up can also attract further plaque build up. Once formed tartar can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist.

What is Gum Disease?

If plaque and tartar build up are not removed regularly, the bacteria can irritate and cause the gums around the teeth to be damaged. This damage is called gum disease and signs to look for include:

  • Tender, swollen or red gums
  • Bleeding, either spontaneous, after gentle brushing or eating
  • Bad breath not associated with strong foods

It is estimated that about 95% pf people will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives. This is one of the biggest causes of tooth loss among adults.

However, mild gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be easily reversed with thorough plaque removal. If untreated, gingivitis may advance into periodontal desease. This is when plaque reaches below the gum line and affects the supporting tissues of the tooth. When this occurs the gums tend to pull away from the teeth and create a gap where further plaque and tartar can build up. The resulting infection can lead to premature tooth loss. Pregnancy can also have an effect on oral hygiene. *Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding.

Speak to an expert

For more detailed guidance and advice on how to avoid the problems associated with poor oral hygiene, contact the dental professionals at The Hollies Dental Practice.


Our hygienist also supports patients who have had dental implants and require maintenance visits to ensure that the gums and bone remain healthy around the restorations.

Oral hygiene products

'The Hollies' also carry an extensive range of oral hygiene products at competitive prices to meet the recommendations of our hygienist.