Meet the Team — Hygienists

Silverwell Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygienists play an essential role in a preventative dental practice. They are skilled professionals who have a key part to play in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Gum disease is the biggest single cause of adult tooth loss and a problem which we take very seriously.

Use them to increase your awareness of how to prevent dental disease. They are highly trained professionals and not just there to clean teeth!

As patients keep their teeth for longer the emphasis on dentistry is changing from treatment to prevention and hygienists are one of the most important personnel in delivering this change.

Claire Pilkington


My name is Claire Pilkington, I qualified from Liverpool Dental Hospital in 1991 and joined Silverwell Dental Surgery in 1994. I am a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy and I am dedicated in maintaining my continuing professional education. In 2001 I gained a Batchelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology and biology, which took five and a half years of part time study to complete.

I am very committed to my profession, I will do my utmost to offer you the best possible oral health care and proud to work with such a great team. Outside of work I am a keen horsewoman with interests in dressage and endurance riding.

Vicky Silvano


I joined Silverwell Surgery in 1991 and qualified as a dental nurse in 1993. I left to study Dental Hygiene at Manchester Dental Hospital where I qualified as a Hygienist in 1994. I returned in 1995 thrilled to be back working as part of this professional and friendly team. I enjoy my work and keep up to date by regularly attending courses.