Hygiene Clinic


Welcome to our dental hygienist clinic in Bournemouth.

We believe that routine hygienist visits are possibly one of the most important services we offer. The motto, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ certainly holds true in dentistry.

Regular hygienist visits are essential to maintaining the health of teeth and gums, and are key to saving our teeth over the long term. Keeping your teeth free from plaque build-up (see frequently asked questions below) not only keeps them looking good, but it also keeps your gums, teeth and heart healthy.

Call us on 01202 443882 to book in.


What to expect at your dental hygiene appointment

You will be treated by our hygiene therapist, Vickie Harris, who is a caring, experienced dental hygiene therapist.

Our hygiene appointments are 30 minutes long, sufficient time for a thorough dental clean and polish of your teeth and gums, remove staining, provide sub-gingival cleaning as necessary, and giving you advice and demonstration on the best ways to get at those tricky areas. However bear in mind if it has been a long time since your last professional clean, multiple appointments may be necessary to get you back on track.

Our hygiene therapist will welcome you and ask what your expectations from your hygienist appointment are. If you have been referred by the dentist, Vickie may have received some notes highlighting certain areas which may need some particular care. Along with thorough cleaning and plaque removal, Vickie may provide you with specific oral hygiene instruction and demonstrate how to use certain tools such as interspace brushes and floss to help you with your own oral hygiene routine at home.

We stock oral hygiene products that are recommended by Vickie at our reception, eg. Tepe interspace brushes, toothbrushes, dental floss picks etc.


The focus and frequency of your hygienist appointments may differ depending on your individual needs.

  • Many of our patients come routinely every six months for a ‘classic clean and polish’ to remove ‘lifestyle’ staining that builds up due to everyday habits such as smoking, enjoying tea, coffee, red wine and curry. Even if the focus of these appointments is more cosmetic, out hygienist will always monitor your gum health at these appointments and remove any build-up of calculus (i.e. hardened plaque) from areas at the gum line that are tricky to clean.
  • Other patients may attend more frequently every three to four months for ‘periodontal maintenance’. Improving gum health is the focus of these appointments and over time gums may return to a normal healthy state and the patient may revert to just two hygiene visits per year.
  • Another reason you may visit the hygienist is for an ‘orthodontic clean’; it is often very difficult to prevent the buildup of hardened plaque around braces and it is advisable to have this removed during orthodontic treatment to prevent cavities or staining developing on the surfaces of your teeth where the braces are attached.
  • Lastly if you have had expensive complex dentistry’, such as implants or multi-unit bridgework, it is imperative to maintain impeccable oral hygiene to guarantee the long term success of these expensive treatments. Vickie is experienced in cleaning and maintaining implants and bridgework.

‘Walk In’ Clinic’
You no longer need to be registered with the dentist at Shelley Manor Dental to see our hygienist, following a ruling on “Direct access to hygiene services” made by the General Dental Council. This changed the rules about visiting a hygienist and you can now book in to our hygienist clinic without needing a referral from a dentist. If you’d like to book in to our hygiene clinic just call us on 01202 443882.

Note: if you are visiting our hygienist for the first time on a ‘direct access’ basis, your initial appointment will be 45 minutes. This extended appointment is so that our hygienist can carry out a full charting of your teeth and gums and have time to get to know you and explain her findings. The cost for this initial appointment is £90. After this initial visit your appointments are likely to revert to the standard 30 minute appointments charged at £62.50.

On your first visit when you arrive at reception you will be given registration form to fill out that includes questions about your medical history, so if you are taking any medication please make sure to let us know.  This information is confidential and is solely for use by your hygienist.

‘Same Day Booking’ Offer
Sometimes we have last minute cancellations for hygiene appointments and can offer you a same day booking for hygiene. In this instance we can book you in for a special price of £50 for a 30mins appointment, normal price £62.50.


Frequently asked questions

 What is dental plaque?

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth and along the gum line. Plaque contains bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Calculus (or tartar) is calcified or hardened plaque that attaches to the enamel on your teeth and below the gum line. Hardened plaque around the gum line can cause inflammation and irritation to the gums causing bleeding. The most common sign of calculus is a yellow or brownish deposit between the lower front teeth, especially on the backs of teeth, or at the gum line.


Why do my gums bleed, do I have gum disease?

A clean mouth with healthy gums is the foundation of long-term dental health. Healthy gums are critical to your oral health. If gums become inflamed and tender and bleed while brushing, you may have gum disease.

The first sign is blood on your toothbrush or in the toothpaste you spit out after cleaning your teeth. Plaque deposits grow around the gum line causing irritation and inflammation of the gums. Inflammation is the response by your body’s immune system to attack plaque bacteria and since your immune cells are carried by your blood, the body diverts blood to the gums, hence the bleeding.

The plaque deposits increase to form the hardened calculus deposits at and below the gum line and cause inflamed gums (or gingivitis). This inflammation then causes destruction of tissue and bone that support your teeth, which is classified as gum disease. Progressive gum disease will result in inevitable tooth loss if not kept under control.

Bleeding gums is quite common and doesn’t necessarily mean you have gum disease although it is a significant sign. It’s always worth getting the gums checked by your dentist which can in most cases can be returned to health.

What is gingivitis? 

Further Oral Hygiene Links:

Why do cavities develop?

How to brush your teeth and gums

Brushing with an electric toothbrush

Why go to the hygienist?

Dental plaque bacteria may trigger blood clots

Read our hygiene blog here.

Bleeding sore gums?

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    I highly recommend the practice

    Shelley Manor Dental provide a personal patient-centred approach to their treatment plans accommodating individual preferences and budgets! I came to see Tim after years of extensive dental work and implants. Tim has restored my teeth to a natural looking smile, whilst also considering the longevity of his treatment, my "bite", and overall what I wanted as a final outcome. The team have been friendly and approachable and I highly recommend the practice.

    Anita (a nurse-teacher)

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    “Must be the gentlest hygiene session I’ve ever experienced”

    "Must be the gentlest hygiene session I've ever experienced, whether due to new technology or care of the hygienist I'm not sure but my teeth feel/look great now. I've booked my next session already. Old mansion house, first floor and renovation work in progress and new equipment getting fitted as I write this. Parking also available "

    David Fraser, July 2017

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    A pleasure!

    If you want to make a trip to the dentist a pleasure, come here for first class professional treatment at Shelley Manor.

    Mrs I. Bowden, November 2017

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    The team here are very friendly, caring and professional

    The team here are very friendly, caring and professional. Mr Doyle is the best dentist I've seen. I am so please I came here.

    S. Sadler, December 2017

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    Other dentists could not get to the bottom of my problem

    I suffered pain in my jaw for many years and I had worn down my lower teeth. I also suffered from related headaches. Other dentists could not get to the bottom of my problem. I was referred to an NHS dental specialist but I was told it was not possible to do anything for me.

    Tim Doyle was the first person to tell me he was able to help. He diagnosed a temporomandibular joint disorder. To start with he referred me for physiotherapy on my head, jaw and face over the course of several months. Then in stages he replaced my lower teeth with crowns and bridges. I am very pleased with my end result and I have teeth that I can eat with. Aesthetically my teeth look better, and my headaches are much less frequent.

    Margit M. (March 2014)

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    No need for improvements!

    Lovely and friendly with a fantastic result. Can't thank the team enough!

    Niamh K.F. June 2014

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    Apart from the injection, I actually enjoyed the rest. I nearly fell asleep!! Thank you to the team.

    Mrs M. D., July 2014

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    This is a really good dental practice…

    ...and I thoroughly recommend it. Tim Doyle is not only first class in what he does, he is a good communicator and is especially concerned about the needs and feelings of his patients.
    Also the support staff are friendly and supportive, including Sharon who runs the office. 
    I have come to Tim from an NHS dental practice, but have not found much difference in charges. His practice is modern and very well equipped. I really like being able to see any x-ray details, immediately available and while you sit in the chair.
    It is all extremely good and highly professional.

    M.Jay   November 2014

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    I will be forever grateful

    I moved from the Midlands and first used Shelly Manor Dentist in 2011. I wanted to make my teeth more aesthetically pleasing as I have knocked my front teeth out after a cycling accident and the old caps were looking sad.
    Tim was fantastic and between us we worked out a cost effective way of making my smile much nicer. I had veneers on all my upper teeth to match up the colour and was thrilled! Thank you Tim and Nuala, I will be forever grateful.

    Samantha J Hudson

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    Scared of the dentist? Visit Mr Tim Doyle at Shelley Manor Dental

    As someone who had struggled with an irrational fear of the dentist since childhood, I was delighted to discover Shelley Manor Dental, a private dental practice owned and run by Mr Tim Doyle and his wife, Nuala.

    Based in Shelley Manor Medical Centre, with easy parking and modern consulting rooms, this practice offers a range of services including those provided by a wonderfully sensitive hygienist named Eddie.

    On every visit, I have been made to feel at ease. I am rarely kept waiting for more than a minute or two (important when your instinct is to run away!), and I'm always greeted with a warm welcome. Especially from Natalie, the lovely Dental Nurse.

    Tim's calm, open and friendly approach makes it easy to relax once 'in the chair'. He knows his stuff, explains everything clearly and his obvious enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. Who knew that photos of an 'upper right 7' could be so interesting?

    I will shortly be moving to Bath but, having found this gem of a dentist after ten years of searching for someone who did not make me feel foolish, I fully intend to remain a patient of Shelley Manor Dental for a long time to come.

    Thank you Tim, Nuala, Natalie and Eddie for a first-class service.

    W. Michie, October 2015

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    I was happy to find Tim Doyle

    After trying many different dental practices I was happy to find Tim Doyle. His work is excellent and he has done a lot of work on my teeth to make them look better. I would be happy to recommend him and regularly do.

    Miss S. Hendy

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    Thanks so much for your great work

    Dear Shelley Manor Team,

    Thanks so much for your great work.

    After avoiding dentists for most of my adult life due to 'dental phobia' brought on by extensive treatment in childhood, I finally researched 'dentists' on the internet. The Shelley Manor website sounded perfect with the link to the lovely Debbie at Bournemouth Cognitive Behaviour. After emailing her and a short series of meetings she 'held my hand' and introduced me to Tim and the dental team. I have now had a course of treatment in a wonderfully calm, friendly environment free from pain or stress. I can recommend their services to anyone.

    Richard R. October 2016

Shelley Manor Dental
Shelley Manor Dental is a private dental practice and hygiene clinic set up by Dr Tim Doyle in 2010. We are dedicated to delivering a high quality dental and hygiene service.