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Detecting signs of disease with our hygienist

It is important that you visit our hygienist Richmond on a regular basis so that we can help detect early warning signs of medical conditions where a timely referral to your doctor can improve or potentially save your life. Here at Sheen Dental we carry out mouth cancer screening for all patients looking for signs of any abnormalities on the tongue, inside the cheeks or other soft tissues in the mouth. Mouth cancer affects more than 8000 people in the UK every year. If detected early it can be treated successfully. If you avoid the dentist and hygienist Richmond then symptoms can develop and cause serious complications. Smokers are more prone to developing diseases such as mouth cancer and therefore it is important that if you are a smoker you visit our hygienist Richmond more regularly. If we detect any type of abnormalities we can refer you to a specialist for a biopsy to rule out precancerous or cancerous tissue.

Smoking cessation

We can also provide smoking cessation advice and support for those who are looking to stop smoking. If you quit smoking you can improve your dental health significantly. This includes the appearance of your teeth as well as the health of your teeth and gums. You can also prevent further complications in the future and promote better overall health and wellbeing at the same time.

Gum disease

The next main disease that our hygienist will look out for when carrying out your dental health assessment is gum disease. Gum disease affects nearly everyone at least once in their life. If detected early on, gum disease can be treated using good dental hygiene practices. If you avoid the dentist and hygienist then gum disease can develop quickly and result in a range of unpleasant symptoms such as bleeding gums, sensitivity, tooth decay and bad breath. If left untreated this can affect the supporting structures of the teeth, which is known as periodontal disease which can eventually result in tooth loss. Our hygienist in Richmond will carefully examine your gums for any signs of disease. We will be able to advise any changes that may be necessary to your oral hygiene routine. We will also examine your teeth for any signs of cavities or tooth decay.

Further considerations

Our hygienist can also recognise the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, acid reflux and help with snoring. We can advise about orthodontic treatment to improve your dental health or cosmetic dental treatment to improve the appearance of your smile. We can also talk about teeth whitening. By undergoing a professional clean with our hygienist your teeth will be much cleaner and whiter, however there are other teeth whitening procedures available for those who are looking to transform their smile further. To clean your teeth we will carry out a scale and polish to remove plaque and tartar from your mouth. Plaque and tartar are the main causes of dental health complications including cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. By removing plaque and tartar from your teeth we can make your teeth aesthetically pleasing, clean and healthy and keep your breath fresh and pleasant. Speak to us at Sheen Dental today to find out more.


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