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Preventing tooth loss with our hygienist

It is important that you visit our hygienist Richmond on a regular basis to ensure that plaque and tartar do not build up on your teeth. Plaque and tartar can damage your teeth and gums. Millions of bacteria live in plaque, both good and harmful. This is why it is important that any plaque or tartar is removed effectively with good dental hygiene at home and regular hygienist appointments to prevent irreversible damage to your teeth. Despite maintaining excellent dental hygiene at home unfortunately there are certain parts of your mouth that you cannot clean with your toothbrush or floss. Our hygienist Richmond has specialist equipment and tools that can clean your mouth thoroughly, removing plaque and tartar from those hard-to-reach areas.

Bacteria in plaque and tartar

Bacteria in the plaque include streptococcus mutans which is the main cause of cavities and tooth decay. You can also find lactobacillus acidophilus which hides in the nooks and crannies of your teeth, again causing cavities and tooth decay. These bacteria produce strong acids that dissolve the enamel eventually causing small holes and allowing bacteria to enter the teeth. This bacteria can reach the dental pulp and cause tooth decay and even tooth loss. Bacteria in the plaque also damage the gums and the surrounding structures of the teeth resulting in gingivitis and periodontal disease. These bacteria include treponema denticola and porphyromonas gingivalis. To remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, visit our hygienist Richmond to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Gum disease

If you are affected then our hygienist will be able to recognise any signs of cavities and decay very early on so that they can be treated quickly and effectively. Good dental hygiene, professional cleaning by our dental hygienist and deep cleaning when necessary can reverse signs of cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. In this way our hygienist helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums. If left untreated then gum disease can have a huge impact on your daily life. To begin with gum disease has very unpleasant symptoms. This includes bad breath that does not go away even after you brush your teeth. It includes bleeding gums, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, red, swollen and sore gums as well as wobbly teeth.

Eventually gum disease can result in missing teeth, which is why you need to visit our dentist and hygienist if you notice any of these symptoms so that they can be treated quickly and effectively. If irreversible damage does cause tooth loss then this can impact all aspects of your life. Missing teeth not only affect your dental health, but they affect the appearance of your smile, the function of your mouth, and your overall wellbeing. If you have one missing tooth this can quickly result in multiple missing teeth. Therefore, it is important to maintain excellent dental hygiene at all times, as well as a healthy diet and lifestyle. You should visit the dentist every six months as well as the hygienist at the same time, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from developing. If it does occur, make sure it is treated as soon as possible so that you can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life.


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