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Be a smooth talker

Having lovely smooth, clean teeth can make all the difference to how comfortable the inside of your mouth feels. It can also make you more confident when talking to others if you know that your teeth look really clean and don’t harbour bad-breath-causing plaque.

The best way to be absolutely sure that you have removed all the plaque in your mouth is to have regular appointments with the hygienist in Richmond.

How long do you need?

Here at Sheen Dental, on Upper Richmond Road West, we recommend that you see the hygienist at least twice a year. You can have a session with the hygienist in Richmond every time you come for a check-up. We offer 4 different kinds of sessions too, so that you don’t have to pay for work that you don’t need. Your dentist will recommend a short (30 mins), standard (45 mins) or long (60 mins) session. You can also have special sessions if you have trouble with gum disease and need an extra-deep clean under your gums and around your tooth roots.

What does the hygienist in Richmond do?

A session with the hygienist in Richmond is all about removing plaque and tartar (also known as calculus). These are 2 forms of bacterial build-up on the surfaces in the mouth.

Plaque is made up of millions of bacteria that cling to the surfaces of the mouth to avoid being swallowed with your saliva. Although they are pretty much harmless in themselves, they give off acids that corrode, as acids tend to do. Because the acids are at their most concentrated where the plaque is, this means that your teeth and gums get the full force of their corrosive nature before they are diluted by your saliva.

You brush plaque away when you brush and floss your teeth. But, if you don’t get all of it, and some can be very hard to reach, after about 3 days, it hardens into tartar, a chalk-like substance that can only be removed with scraper tools.

The hygienist in Richmond uses these tools to remove all your plaque and tartar and then polishes your teeth so that the plaque will find it harder to stick to your teeth.


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