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What’s it like being a... dental hygienist in a private practice? Brooke Shipp

Blog Author Brooke Shipp

Blog Date 07/01/2020

Brooke Shipp is a dental hygienist working in a private practice in London. She explains why she's passionate about promoting good oral health and why no two days are ever the same…




My alarm goes off….

My alarm goes off at 5:50am, but I do snooze it for ten minutes! I feed my two cats Binky and Bella and head for the train station at around 7am. I normally have porridge for breakfast and sometimes I treat myself to a coffee from Leon on the way to work.


I'm responsible for…

Apart from the cats, I am responsible for educating and motivating my patients to have a healthy mouth. This involves not only removing all the plaque and calculus, sending them out with a gleaming smile but discussing their diet and what oral hygiene aids would be best for their mouth.


I got the job

I worked for two years as a dental nurse at Kings College Hospital in the paediatric department, but always with the intention of studying hygiene.

In 2011 I then studied dental hygiene and dental therapy and qualified in 2013 at Kings College Hospital.

I started working at Bow Lane Dental in 2015 and haven't looked back since. 


My typical day

My typical day is a mixture of periodontal treatment and routine maintenance, including removing plaque, calculus and stains. I also offer teeth whitening under the prescription of one of the Bow Lane dentists.

No day is ever the same as I am lucky enough to meet a diverse group of patients who all bring something different to my day. 


The best part of my job…

The best part of my job is making people happy about their smile and giving them confidence. I enjoy the responsibility of looking after my patient's teeth and guiding them to better oral health. I also love the team at Bow Lane Dental group and the flexibility of the job itself.

I'm really proud that our founder James Goolnik has set up the Rewards Project to encourage healthier eating and better oral health and it's been exciting to see the launch of the project's new cook book recently, Kick Sugar.


What's your biggest achievement to date?

My biggest achievement in work is qualifying as a hygienist and having the pleasure of doing something I love every day. I've been fascinated with teeth since I had braces at 12 years old. Outside of work my biggest achievement is buying my house in 2018. 


After work…



I finish the day by going to the gym and doing a HIIT class, or meeting a friend for a glass of wine. Even after a full day of talking to my patients, I still love a good chat! I also enjoying planning holidays.


My Plan B

If I wasn't a dental hygienist I'd love to design and create fine, high end jewellery. It would be amazing to design jewellery for someone like Tiffany & Co or Cartier!

Brooke-practice-portrait-125px.jpgBrooke Shipp, Dental Hygienist




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