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Good oral health with our hygienist Richmond

Good dental health is very important for a good quality of life. Looking after your teeth and gums can keep them clean and healthy, help you enjoy a beautiful smile and reduce the risk of major illnesses such as endocarditis, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Research shows that people with dental health complications, such as gum disease, are two to three times more likely to develop such illnesses later in life. Another health issue related to dental health is oral cancer. The latest figures show that nearly 9000 people in the UK were diagnosed with oral cancer last year, and this has more than doubled in the last 20 years.

Dental health education

Our dental hygienist Richmond is here to provide you and your children with dental health education, advising how you can take better care of your teeth and prevent dental health conditions and other medical conditions in the future. Good dental hygiene consists of brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, using a suitable mouthwash, visiting the dentist at least once every six months and having your teeth and gums examined and thoroughly cleaned by our hygienist Richmond once every 6 months too.

Cleaning your teeth

The main role of our hygienist is to remove plaque and tartar from the mouth using conventional and modern scaling and polishing techniques. Scaling refers to the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gumline where necessary. Polishing refers to the removal of superficial stains and any remaining particles of tartar that could not be removed by scaling. The process itself is performed using water, handheld devices and mechanical devices. Although a scale-and-polish should not be painful, some patients may find the process uncomfortable, in which case, local anaesthesia can be provided for comfort and ease. A scale-and-polish is the best method of cleaning teeth, and it can help to prevent and reverse the early signs of cavities and gum disease; this is the best form of preventive dental treatment and is highly necessary for maintaining good oral health.

Oral examination

The time it takes to clean your teeth allows our hygienist to thoroughly examine the inside of your mouth. When carrying out a thorough examination of your mouth, our hygienist will also screen for oral cancer and perform other monitoring procedures to ensure good oral health and overall well-being. They will look for any signs of abnormalities or lesions in the mouth and carry out X-rays or other diagnostic imaging if necessary. A significant percentage of cases of oral cancer are detected once the disease has progressed, even to stage 4. If you attend dental checkups regularly, our dentist and our hygienist Richmond can detect warning signs very early on, reducing the chance of irreversible damage and increasing your chance of a healthy recovery.

Speak to us at Sheen Dental today and book an appointment to make sure that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy. We will help you look after your teeth as effectively as you can and learn new tips and techniques to enjoy even better dental health.


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