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Combat your fear of the dentist Richmond and enjoy healthy teeth and gums

It is important that you visit our dentist at Sheen Dental on a regular basis to make sure that your teeth and gums are clean, strong, and healthy. Do not let dental anxieties or dental phobia get in the way of your oral health. Once upon a time, the dentist may have been a scary place to visit; however, thanks to significant advances in dental technology, you can now undergo extensive dental treatment with little or no pain and discomfort. Dental phobia affects about one in seven Australian adults, making it one of the most prevalent anxiety disorders in the country. This could be one of the reasons why dental health is still an issue in Australia compared to other similar countries. Speak to our experienced and caring dentist Richmond at Sheen Dental and find out about facing your fears of the dentist so that you can enjoy good dental health. You can book a consultation, walk around the dental practice, meet our team, learn how certain treatments and procedures are carried out, and gain knowledge on the sedation techniques and anaesthetics that are available for you.

The effects of plaque and tartar

If you avoid our dentist Richmond then despite brushing your teeth, flossing after meals and using a good mouthwash, you will find that plaque and tartar will still build up on your teeth overtime. This then needs to be professionally cleaned to prevent dental health complications. If plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, they cause a range of issues. Plaque on your teeth means that your teeth have a yellow appearance and tartar on the teeth also affect the colour and appearance of your smile.

Bacteria in the plaque secrete acids which begin damaging the tooth enamel. The acids create small holes in the enamel and eventually these holes become larger and affect the dentin inside the teeth and then the pulp within the dentin resulting in tooth decay. Once the dental pulp is affected, you will be in significant pain and discomfort and you will need immediate dental treatment. This may be a root canal treatment, or it may even involve a tooth extraction and tooth replacement. By visiting our dentist Richmond on a regular basis, any signs of tooth decay will be detected very early on at which stage it can be reversed with good dental hygiene practices.

Plaque and tartar also cause gum disease; the signs of gum disease include bleeding after brushing or flossing, bad breath, and red swollen gums. It may take a while for these symptoms to develop in which time the disease may have progressed significantly. Our dentist can detect gum disease before the symptoms worsen and again this can be reversed with good dental hygiene practices. If left untreated, gum disease causes irreversible damage and can cause tooth loss.

To avoid these issues you need to overcome your fear of the dentist and make sure you and your family undergo regular dental health examinations, at least once every 6 months to keep your mouth clean and healthy, free of decay and disease. Speak to us at Sheen Dental today and find out more.

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