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Dental hygiene advice from our hygienist Richmond

Good dental health helps promote a better quality of life. It is important that you maintain excellent dental hygiene practices and visit both the dentist and hygienist Richmond on a regular basis; this will ensure that your teeth are clean, free of plaque and tartar, and safe from cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Here at Sheen dental, our specialist hygienist Richmond will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up on your teeth. It is also the role of our hygienist Richmond to provide you with tailored dental hygiene advice so that you can look after your teeth and gums effectively at home.


What are good dental hygiene practices?


Firstly it is essential that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before bed time. A softer toothbrush is more comfortable and safe to use as it is gentle on the gums, as well as being more effective at removing food particles and plaque buildup from the teeth than hard bristle brushes. Electric toothbrushes are significantly more effective at removing bacteria and plaque than manual toothbrushes, and by speaking to our hygienist Richmond you can find out which is best for you.


Next, it is important that you floss regularly to maintain good dental health. Flossing allows you to clean between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. You should floss twice a day, before brushing your teeth, and before bed time. Flossing prevents bad breath and helps promote better gum health. Our hygienist will be able to show you effective flossing techniques and talk about different instruments that help clean between your teeth.


In addition to brushing and flossing, using a good fluoride mouthwash everyday needs to become part of the routine to ensure optimal oral health. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps fight tooth decay. It removes lingering food particles after flossing and brushing, and also kills remaining bacteria. This gives you fresh breath, clean teeth, and healthy gums. For patients who suffer from gum disease, our dentist or hygienist can recommend a chlorhexidine mouthwash. Chlorhexidine kills the bacteria in your gums that is responsible for gum disease and helps to reduce the inflammation, swelling and bleeding of your gums.


A healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle is part of maintaining good dental hygiene. This means avoiding sugary snacks, chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks as much as possible. When you do enjoy such treats, it is important that you brush your teeth thoroughly afterwards. Poor lifestyle choices such as smoking can have a significant negative impact on your teeth and gums. It is important to refrain from such lifestyle choices to make sure that you enjoy good dental health and overall well-being.


Visiting our hygienist at least once every six months is also a part of maintaining good dental hygiene practices. Our hygienist will carry out a thorough professional clean to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up on your teeth. Smokers and those who are prone to developing plaque and tartar need to visit our hygienist more often to maintain healthy, clean teeth and gums. Speak to us at Sheen dental and book an appointment with our hygienist in Richmond today.

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