Anne M. Powders
Caring Gentle Professional

A healthy smile is a great asset!  Look after your teeth and feel confident! 

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Anne M. Powders

GDC #3117

RDH UK

RDH BSc US

MEd US

MPH Belgium

MASCED Pro Certified 2020

Nutrition and Skin Health

Skincare and skin analysis 2020

Dental Hygiene Services for you

Welcome to my site created especially for you. I am here to share my wealth of dental health experience and advice with you to ensure you achieve your healthy smile.

My Dental Hygiene Experience

I have a dual dental hygiene qualification from both the UK and US with over 30 years experience in dentistry. I attained my dental hygiene qualifications first from Guys Dental Hospital, London and then my BSc in Dental Hygiene from the University of Colorado, US. I have been GDC registered and working in the UK for the past 20 years. During this time I have gained extensive clinical experience treating patients with simple to advanced periodontal disease helping them retain their teeth for longer.

My passion is to use my dental hygiene expertise to motivate my patients to achieve optimum oral health. My vision is to use my experience to revitalise you with a fresh bright smile and healthy teeth giving you greater confidence.

Why Choose Me

I bring you a dental hygiene appointment with a difference. With my many years of experience as a clinical dental hygienist I offer a gentle caring approach. I am able to empathise with your needs and personalise your treatments. You can trust me. 

My Skin Care Training

I have recently completed the MASCED PRO Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection Training Programme enabling me to become a powerful advocate in the fight against skin cancer. This has lead to further courses in the Science of Skincare and Sun Protection.  Additional courses have been in skin anatomy, skin analysis and skin care and skin and nutrition. 

What is Dental Health?

 

Healthy Gums

A healthy smile is a real asset, it gives you confidence to smile!  Healthy gums are pink and firm.  They contour and fit tightly around your teeth and do not bleed when you brush or use floss. 

 

Healthy gums don’t bleed!  Our gums are kept healthy by brushing twice daily and ensuring your brush is directed towards the gum margins.  Brushing thoroughly and regularly ensures the bacterial plaque is removed effectively and that your gums remain healthy.

 

Healthy teeth are strong and free from decay.  Twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and reduced sweetness and sugar in your diet ensures that you are doing the very best you can  to maintain good dental health.

Periodontal Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease is common and is mostly preventable.  Bacterial plaque forms and collects around our teeth daily.  It particularly collects around the gum margins and causes irritation and inflammation and thereby bleeding gums.  This is termed gingivitis and is preventable with careful meticulous brushing and cleaning daily between your teeth.

If left untreated, the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth may gradually be lost and in some cases this can lead to teeth becoming loose. The gradual loss of bone and ongoing inflammation is what is known as periodontal disease.  The progression of this disease can be slowed down through careful periodontal therapy and an excellent homecare routine.

Periodontal Disease and General Health

Some people experience severe periodontal disease.  We now know that several factors can impact the extent of disease you may experience. 

 

There is higher risk of developing periodontitis if patients are smokers, diabetic, experience stress or have a family history of the disease.

Research has shown that there is a close connection between our dental and general health.  Patients who have heart conditions, diabetes and are taking certain drugs may experience increased periodontitis. 

 

By adopting good dental health practises you can greatly improve your general health and help to stabilise diabetes and heart conditions.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay or cavity formation is the result of bacterial plaque and sweetness in our diet.  Plaque accumulates in the grooves and pits of our teeth and between our teeth each day. 

If not efficiently removed by brushing and interdental cleaning the bacteria combined with sugar create acids that can dissolve the tooth enamel and form a cavity.

 

It is crucial to do all we can to prevent decay through use of fluoride and prevention at home. It is strongly advised that you have regular checkups with you dentist to ensure you are decay free.

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