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Preventive Dentistry

Dentistry is not always about treating problems as they arrive, but preventing them before they happen, to maintain good dental hygiene. It is important to maintain a good standard of oral health and if problems are only tackled after they happen, then the mouth will be in extremely poor condition. Therefore it is important to ensure that the mouth is protected against any risks of cavities or decay. If you are looking for advice from a hygienist in Richmond, then Sheen Dental will be able to provide it.

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is extremely important in the prevention of dental problems. If you do not maintain a good dental hygiene regime, then you are allowing bacteria to build up, making tooth decay a high possibility. If you need a hygienist in Richmond to give you some advice, then we would recommend our dental hygiene service as an option. To maintain proper dental hygiene, it is important to brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day. This is to make sure that no bacteria remains and the mouth remains as clean as possible.

Scale and Polish

We understand that regular methods of brushing can be tedious, and if you have a significant build-up of plaque or tartar, then it can be difficult to fight that with regular brushing. Many dental practices will offer a scale and polish service, which means that your teeth will undergo a deep clean in all areas, to ensure that no bacteria or plaque remains. Our hygienists will also show you how to maintain the results of the scale and polish, with specific cleaning techniques, and practices that you can maintain in your daily life.

Interdental brushes

Interdental brushes are another important part of the hygiene process and can help to significantly reduce plaque. Interdental brushes are small brushes that are widely available and are designed so that you can reach areas of the mouth that may have been impossible to reach before. Studies have shown that regular toothbrushes, can only reach as little as 60% of the tooth surfaces, so it is important to invest in an interdental brush, as this may be the difference between good and perfect dental hygiene. If you are concerned or unsure of your options, then speak to one of our hygienists in Richmond, and let them give their advice on the best course of action.

Other forms of preventive dentistry

Sensitive teeth can be another issue for preventive dentistry. Sensitive teeth are caused by the reduction of the enamel, either due to erosion or decay. Anything that causes the dentine to be exposed from under the enamel can be a cause of sensitive teeth. Desensitising toothpastes can be a great option for this, as they block off the nerve endings causing the pain. The toothpaste can be used at any time, and it does not require any surgery or further treatment.


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