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Key signs that you need our hygienist by Sheen Dental

Maintaining your oral health every day is essential for your overall wellbeing. While regular brushing and flossing are critical components of dental care, sometimes it's necessary to seek professional help.

Dental hygiene teams play a crucial role in preventing dental problems and maintaining a healthy smile.

If you have some concerns about the amount of plaque or tartar in your mouth or you have bleeding when you brush, then it may be time to see our hygienist Richmond. Our team will treat you with some much-needed TLC and will make sure that any issues are handled with compassion.

So, how do you know if it's time to book an appointment with our hygienist Richmond? Here are 5 signs to look out for.

Persistent bad breath

If you suffer from halitosis or persistent bad breath, it may be a sign of underlying dental issues. Bad breath often results from bacteria building up in the mouth. In turn, this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Despite regular brushing and flossing, some areas of your mouth may be difficult to clean thoroughly, allowing bacteria to thrive. Our dental hygienist Richmond can perform a thorough cleaning, removing plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places and addressing any potential oral health problems.

Bleeding or swollen gums

Healthy gums should not bleed or appear swollen. If you notice that there is blood on your toothbrush or your dental floss or experience tenderness in your gums while brushing, it may be an indication of gingivitis or gum disease. Ignoring these signs of gum disease could lead to more severe issues, such as periodontitis, which can result in tooth loss. Our hygiene team can assess the condition of your gums, perform a deep cleaning, and provide advice on proper oral care techniques to prevent further deterioration.

Tooth sensitivity

Experiencing sharp, sudden pain when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages is a common sign of tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity can arise from various factors, including worn enamel, gum recession, or dental cavities. Our hygiene team can identify the cause of your tooth sensitivity and suggest appropriate treatments or adjustments to your oral hygiene routine to alleviate the discomfort.

Visible tartar build-up

Even with regular brushing and flossing, tartar can still accumulate on your teeth, especially in hard-to-reach areas. Tartar is just hardened plaque that cannot be removed with standard brushing alone. Its presence not only affects the appearance of your teeth, but also provides a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive, potentially leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Our hygiene team possesses the tools and expertise to safely remove tartar and ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy.

Changes in the mouth

If you notice any abnormalities in your mouth, such as sores, lumps, or unusual patches on your tongue or cheeks, it's essential to have them examined by a member of our hygiene team. While these changes may not always be related to dental issues, they could indicate oral health problems or, in some cases, even be signs of more serious conditions like oral cancer. Early detection and intervention are vital, and our dental hygiene team at Sheen Dental can refer you to a member of our dental team or specialist for further evaluation if needed.


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