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The Challenge:

Periodontal disease  is in almost every case completely preventable

Periodontal disease is a multifactorial disease, caused primarily by oral biofilm accumulation, and is in almost every case completely preventable. Periodontal disease is the 6th most common non-communicable diseases in mankind worldwide creating a huge global burden on health resources. Periodontal disease not only manifests in the oral cavity, it can have general health implications elsewhere in the body with established links to heart disease and diabetes.

Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease lies very much in the hands of the patient and their willingness and ability to carry out effective and regular self-care.

The Solution:

Work smarter not harder.

  • Use specialised instrument designs.
  • Maintain instruments in top condition.
  • Use powered instruments.
  • Develop a methodical approach.
  • Target active sites.
  • Avoid unnecessary treatment, focus on areas that require attention.
  • Dedicate time and effort to delivering effective theory based oral health interventions.
  • Focus on the long-term results.
  • Develop fool proof calculus detection techniques.
  • Utilise advanced fulcrums and grasp.
  • Practice ergonomic patient and operator positioning.
  • Over-estimate the time required to complete thorough RSD per quadrant.

Learn theory based behavioural interventions proven to increase the likelihood of patient adherence.

Helping Dental Professionals Develop Their Skills

Continuing Education for Dental Professionals
  • Macro & Micro features of hand and powered instruments
  • Grasp and fulcrums (Basic and Advanced)
  • Ergonomics fundamental to instrument placement and creating lateral pressure
  • Insertion technique
  • Adaption Angulation
  • Stroke production
  • Stroke direction
  • Channelling technique
  • Root Morphology and anatomical complexities
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Increase productivity
  • Exploration
  • Furcation involvement
  • Localised gingival recession
  • Oral hygiene devices
  • Interpreting Radiographs
  • Implant components
  • Care of implant supported fixed and removable restorations
  • Periodontal examination
  • Peri-implant examination
  • Chemical Adjuncts
  • Air polishing
  • Behavioural interventions

Hands-On Courses

For Dentist, Dental Hygienist & Therapists


The focus is on small group learning and the provision of one-to-one teaching in a supportive & interactive environment.


Teaching & learning in the form of:  Speaker presentations, Discussion, Case studies, Workshops, Demonstrations, Hands-on practical work.


You will receive recommended reading material once you have registered. You will receive a CPD Certificate when you finish.

Upcoming Hands-On Courses :


Simply register to download any of these resources, articles and notes for FREE.

Hand Instrumentation – Comeback Tour – Webinar

Free Download | PDF Notes

Notes mentioned on “How our appointments are going to
​​​​​​​change post Covid-19” session delivered by Claire McCarthy on 7th of May 2020.

Eat That Frog

Free Download | PDF Notes

And abstract from the speaker notes of the BSDHT OHC 2019 – Eat That Frog! session delivered by Claire McCarthy on 23th of November 2019.

Ultimate Kit

FREE PDF – ‘Must Have’ Periodontal Instruments Guide

These are the instruments that I currently use and recommend for every clinician intent on treating periodontal and implant patients effectively and efficiently.

Just the “Essentials” Keeping in mind the limitations and restrictions – post Covid-19

BSP Webinar Notes

Implant Surface Debridement for Management of Peri-Implant Mucositis

Presentation notes to accompany BSP webinar 10 Jul 2018.


Probe or not to probe?

FREE – Download PDF Article on Dental Implants

This article was published in Dental Health – The Journal of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy – Volume 55 January 2016.

Become A Patient

Book Your Dental Hygienists Appointments with Direct Access
A new law has come into play, which makes it much easier for dental patients to see a dental hygienist. The change in legislation means that patients can now see a dental hygienist without a referral or recommendation from their dentist.




Adjunct Professor
Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry
College of Dentistry, New York University, USA

Vivienne & Maurice Wohl Foundation Award Recipient 
PhD in Risk Communication as a means for Behaviour Change in Primary Dental Settings.
Dental Institute, King’s College London, UK

Former Course Director / Senior Clinical Teacher
Undergraduate & Post Graduate Periodontology Programmes
Dental Institute, King’s College London, UK












Clinical Trials

Short Bio :


Claire is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin in Dental Hygiene and also holds a Masters Degree in Teach-ing and Learning in Higher and Professional Education from the University of London, Institute of Educa-tion. Her dissertation was a comparative study of dental hygiene curriculum design, content and delivery. She was awarded a title of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2007 and is also a member of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations. To date Claire has 22 years clinical & aca-demic & research experience within Higher Education in the UK, Ireland and the US.


She was recently appointed permanent faculty and is a professor in the department of periodontics & im-plant dentistry at NYU since 2014. She is responsible for the calibration course and delivery of non-surgical periodontal and implant therapy to post-graduate periodontal and implant residents. Having held the post of Program Lead for BDS Undergraduate Periodontal Education at Kings College London from 2008 – 2015, she is experienced in leading and coordinating large groups of students through didactic, pre-clinical and clinical education. She also teaches at postgraduate level both at KCL, delivering non-surgical periodontal and implant theory and practical techniques to residents of MClinDent and Specialist Periodon-tal training programmes.


Claire is the recent recipient of the Vivienne Wohl Foundation Award and she was selected for a prestigious scholarship to undertake a PhD in risk communication of dental diseases among dentists with the Behav-ioural and Social Sciences group, at the Department of Population & Oral Health also at Kings College London. In her project titled, risk communication as a means to support behaviour change in primary dental settings, she hopes to develop a toolkit for GDP’s based on findings of the Steele report. She is currently studying biostatistics and academic writing along with working on her review of the literature and project development. Claire also consults on a practice based study where some behavioural interventions are be-ing tested in a group of patients and has been actively involved in collating the data for this study.

  • Research Collaborations
  • Bristol DFT Oral Hygiene Techniques based on Theory
  • Welcomme Microbiome
  • GSK Gas Chromotography & Oral Malodor
  • NYU Behaviour Change

International speaker

She lectures internationally and recent conferences where she presented on peri-implant maintenance in-clude the Turkish Periodontal Society and the British Dental Association annual meeting. She recently presented at the International Symposium Dental Hygiene in Switzerland and at the British Association of Dental Therapy annual scientific conference on implant maintenance protocol and undergraduate education of this subject.


She writes regularly for the dental press and recently became an editorial advisor for Oral Health and Implant Dentistry Today. She regularly reviews papers for publication and research projects undertaken by undergraduate and post-graduate students at Kings College London.

  • Textbook Clinical dentistry published 2018
  • Textbook Procedures in Periodontics (Due for Publication 2019)


Claire is a key opinion leader for several dental companies, with a specific role in instrument design and the integration of new technology into undergraduate periodontal curricula. She is also a consultant to pri-vate dental practices wishing to increase their patient base and prepare for CQC requirements. She works with practice owners and their teams to ensure that practices are reaching their full potential and delivering an exceptional standard of care in a safe and welcoming environment.

Teaching Credentials

As a clinical educator achieving several recognised qualifications and credentials in formal education, combined with a varied experience in dental education, she set up her own CPD website and is focused on the education of general dentists in the diagnosis and treatment of Periodontal disease. Claire is passion-ate about non-surgical periodontal instrumentation, patient education and disease prevention. She has a special interest in peri-implant disease management.
She is a pioneer for oral health promotion and disease prevention and was awarded a stamp of excellence in recognition for her hard work and dedication to oral hygiene for 2016.

Professional Bodies

Claire is a an active member of the British Periodontal Society, British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy , the American Dental Hygiene Association and the Irish Association of Dental Hygien-ists.

Claire is also actively involved in producing educational guidance for clinicians on the importance of monitoring and treating dental implants in general practice.

To contact Claire, email for educational material and free online CPD.

Contact Claire on: +44 7793133814 or +1 917 436 8841

Email: or

Current member of Faculty at: NYU

PhD Research: KCL

Dental Hygiene Therapy Representative: British Society of Periodontology (ECG)

External Programme Accreditation Committee: Irish Dental Council

Faculty and Teaching posts: Charles Clifford Sheffield, Eastman dental institute hygiene school, London Deanery, Norwich & Norfolk University NNUH, Health Education England (HEE)

Research Hygienist: GSK, Welcomme trust & KCL

Studied at: Trinity College Dublin TCD (Dublin Dental Hospital), Institute of Education (University of London), King’s College London

Member of : British society of Periodontology BSP, Fellow of Higher Education Academy FHEA, MDDUS, ADI, IDHA

GDC Registration: DH6197


Dental Education in Schools Project


In a pilot study in a school in London to hammer home the message that good oral health is vital to children and parents.
We organised a day of fun and education, designed to support national efforts to reduce the number of days children are forced to take off school for medical appointments related to poor dental health.


All 1,200 pupils, aged from three to 11 received free toothbrushes and participated in workshops and educational sessions showing them why it is important to have good oral health and demonstrated the correct way to clean their teeth.

Headteacher Jane Flynn said: “We want to reduce absence levels caused by poor dental health and we thought this was a great way of working constructively with our pupils and parents to get a very important health message across in a fun and informative way.”

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