Claire Berry

Claire Berry

Author at Dentistry Online

Claire trained to be a dental hygienist while serving in the army. She qualified in 2009 in Aldershot and now works as a hygienist in the North of England, at practices in Doncaster and York.

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The hygienist’s blog – five ways to boost your practice income using your hygienist’s skillset

Claire Berry explores some of the avenues a hygienist can go down to help boost the income of dental practices. We can sometimes overlook the fantastic opportunities that can come from having a hygienist at the practice. Not only is the hygienist’s role essential for prevention and patient care, it’s a smart move to boost … Continued

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Living life in technicolour

Colour is an essential tool when creating the right environment for your patients and developing your practice’s brand, highlights Claire Berry. I’ve lost many an hour designing my perfect surgery in my head; mulling over equipment, design, branding. Although, mostly intrigued by non-tangible considerations, predominantly what colour it would be, it intrigued me why I … Continued

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The hygienist’s blog – the power of disclosing solution

In her final blog instalment of 2020, Claire Berry discusses why disclosing solution is a must-have for hygienists.  Disclosing solution – the most under used yet unbelievably useful tool in your hygienist armoury. I cannot understand why some hygienists aren’t using it. It’s revolutionised how I perform treatment. It has allowed me to flip my … Continued

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The hygienist’s blog – introducing ‘oral health optimisation’

This month Claire Berry discusses how to upgrade the ‘scale and polish’ so that patients appreciate the importance of good oral health. I got to work the other day and the practice owner came to me before our daily practice meeting. They said: ‘Claire, think of another name for your services please. I am going … Continued

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The hygienist’s blog – social media whitening

With a huge growth in low-cost options for whitening on social media, Claire Berry explores how safe this is for patients. As a dental professional who carries out legal, professional, medical grade tooth whitening, it astounds me how able and willing the Instagram generation is to put their oral health at risk. They search for … Continued

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The hygienist’s blog – are hygienists and therapists well placed for facial aesthetics?

Claire Berry explores the world of facial aesthetics in this months column, asking – are hygienists and therapists well placed for facial aesthetics? Well as a facial aesthetics practitioner, it’s a resounding yes from me! And with so many others entering the field of aesthetics what is it that draws us towards it? It felt … Continued

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10 steps back to practice after COVID-19 – virtual consultations

With a growth in popularity, Claire Berry explores whether virtual consultations are the new way forward for dental advice. When the world was thrown into lockdown and dental centres were forced to close, it meant a sudden halt to general treatment and cancelling our patients. In some cases this meant cancelling in the midst of … Continued

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Out of office – Claire Berry talks about running, triathlons and ironmans

Claire Berry discusses her hobbies away from dentistry and why having a hobby away from your profession is so important. Please introduce yourself My name is Claire Berry and I’m a dental hygienist in the north of England between Leeds and Doncaster. I qualified in 2009 whilst I was serving in the Army, which I … Continued

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The hygienist’s blog – mindfulness…toothbrushing

Claire Berry explores mindfulness toothbrushing and how it could just help keep patients on the straight and narrow for the long term. Mindfulness…with toothbrushing? I know what you are thinking and no – lockdown hasn’t got me going crazy, read on! We’ve all got a bit more time during lockdown, including our patients. So now … Continued

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The hygienist’s blog – coming back bigger and better

Now is a great opportunity to spread awareness and come back bigger and better than before, Claire Berry says. It’s a worrying time for everyone, including dental hygienists and therapists at the moment. You don’t need me to tell you that being self-employed and unable to work is a worst nightmare come true. I am … Continued

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Petition launches to use dental practices in fight against COVID-19

Claire Berry explains why empty dental practices are the perfect location for COVID-19 antibody testing. Dental centres across the UK are closing their doors or only remaining open to treat emergency cases. This leaves an abundance of medically trained dental professionals temporarily redundant. There is an opportunity to utilise these medically trained teams and clinical … Continued

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The value of a dental hygienist in managing and preventing periodontitis

Are hygienists being fully utilised in today’s practices? Claire Berry gives her top tips on how to refer patients to a dental hygienist. In 2015 periodontal cases (44.7%), implant cases (28.8%) and cases of peri-implantitis (5.5%) fronted the top 20 UK claims, Dental Protection figures show. By now these figures are likely to have changed … Continued

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