Did you know that at Rhiwbina Dental, we offer Direct Access to hygiene appointments? This means you don’t need to first see the dentist to be referred. Simply call us and make an appointment any time you like. After your first examination, your hygienist will recommend a suitable interval for your repeat visits, depending on your individual oral health requirements.

Good dental hygiene is fundamental to having healthy teeth and gums and also to your overall health. Routine visits to the dental hygienist are equally as important as check-ups by your dentist.

Plaque and tartar are the enemy of teeth and, if left to their own devices, can cause significant problems associated with tooth decay and gum disease. Hygiene therapy involves thoroughly assessing the health of your teeth and gums and gently removing any stubborn plaque and tartar build-up around the teeth and below the gum line that simple brushing alone cannot always remove.

Our experienced dental hygienists are key members of the Rhiwbina Dental team, working alongside our dentists to provide the very best in oral health care. Not only do they give your teeth the very best deep clean, they are on hand to advise you on every aspect of your oral health and show you how best to keep your teeth in a clean and healthy state through effective brushing and flossing. They are also experts in caring for patients with severe gum problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, and for those who have had extensive reconstructive work such as implants.


  • Why is oral hygiene so important?

    Regular visits to the hygienist are vital to maintain good oral health and are an important supplement to regular check-ups. Having made an assessment of your condition the hygienist will recommend an appropriate treatment interval.

  • Can my dentist do oral hygiene checks?

    This depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. We will assess the quality of your bone using digital x-rays and images. If the bone is unsuitable, it may be possible to graft bone into the area to enable treatment. We will discuss all the various options with you.

  • Can I do anything to prevent oral hygiene problems occurring?

    Maintaining a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle.

  • What causes bad breath?

    Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors, but is most commonly the result of poor oral hygiene. Persistent bad breath can be caused by more serious conditions such as periodontitis.

  • What can I do to prevent bad breath?

    Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, using a no alcohol mouthwash and cleaning your tongue will all help reduce the instances of bad breath. You should also avoid strongly flavoured foods and reduce smoking and drinking alcohol.

  • What if I have a persistent problem?

    If bad breath is causing you embarrassment come and see us. Regular visits to the hygienist and the dentist will identify whether there are any deeper problems which are the cause of your bad breath. We will assess your condition and develop a treatment regime to help overcome the problems.

  • What causes gum disease?

    Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque, which forms every day on the surface of your teeth and gums. If plaque is not removed it builds up over time and forms what is known as tartar. At this stage brushing at home cannot remove the tartar and if left will cause gum irritation and often leads to bleeding.

  • How can I avoid gum disease?

    Daily brushing and flossing will help to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, but regular visits to the hygienist are essential so that any tartar that remains can be removed before it causes any damage.

  • What happens if gum disease is left untreated?

    The consequences of not treating gum disease are serious. If the symptoms of swollen and bleeding gums are ignored, the gums can start to erode and the teeth will lose support and possibly fall out. This is known as periodontitis, a disease which can be controlled but not cured.

  • Is there a link between gum disease and heart disease?

    There is some evidence to suggest that people with serious gum disease are more prone to heart disease, stroke and diabetes, but few people are aware of these links. Maintaining a good level of oral hygiene should be part of your approach to improve overall health.


Wendy Boon dental hygienest at Rhiwbina Dental

Wendy Boon

Dental Hygienist
GDC No 2632

Wendy qualified as a dental hygienist at Cardiff Dental School in 1983. Since qualifying she has worked in Orthodontic,Private and NHS practices.

Over the years she has continued expanding her skills in advanced periodontal disease using local anaesthesia and performing tooth whitening treatments using safe and effective methods.

Wendy is a welsh speaker.

In her spare time she enjoys running and walks in the country with her Golden Retriever.

Wendy Boon dental hygienest at Rhiwbina Dental

Tracy McNulty

Dental Hygienist
GDC No 3257

Tracy qualified as a Dental Hygienist from University of Manchester Dental School in 1986 after gaining her Dental Nurse qualification from Cardiff Dental School in 1983.

Tracy returned to her hometown of Swansea after gaining her Hygienist qualification to work in private practice and Morriston Hospital. In 1988 Tracy went to work in Saudi Arabia at the Military Hospital. She then spent ten years working at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh treating medically compromised patients, the Royal family, USA and UK Embassy staff as well as British Military personnel. After originally only planning on spending a year abroad, Tracy returned to the UK with a Husband, two children and a dog!

Tracy began working at Rhiwbina Dental May 2016.

In her spare time Tracy enjoys travelling, the gym, spending time with family and friends as well as keeping up to date with all the latest advances in Dentistry by attending meetings and conferences with those who share her passion for treating patients with periodontal disease. Tracy is also an active member of the British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists (BSDHT).

Wendy Boon dental hygienest at Rhiwbina Dental

Carly James

Dental Hygienist
GDC No 177200

Carly qualified from Cardiff Dental University in 2012. She has a good foundation in Dentistry, having previously been a trained Dental Nurse both in a hospital and community setting.

She has previously worked in private practices specialising in dental phobic patients. She gets great satisfaction from creating an environment where patients feel comfortable and can have a great dental experience.

In her free time she enjoys travelling with her young family.

Emily Banks Dental Therapist at Rhiwbina Dental

Rachel Scallan

Dental Hygienist
GDC No 191541

Bio coming soon…

Emily Banks Dental Therapist at Rhiwbina Dental

Sarah Lau

Dental Hygienist
GDC No 265358

Bio coming soon…