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Reasons to visit the hygienist in Richmond

Why visit the hygienist in Richmond? Today, people’s lives are busier than ever, and it can be easy to put off making an appointment with a hygienist in Richmond. This can be especially true for those who don’t appear to have any dental health issues; and who don’t see the need for such a visit. However, that’s exactly why we encourage our patients to see the hygienist: so that we can prevent issues with the teeth and gums from occurring in the first place!

Keeping your mouth in good condition


We give our patients’ teeth a thorough professional clean, removing plaque and tartar that can be difficult to get to with brushing and flossing at home. This has a wide range of benefits. Firstly, a professional clean can help to prevent gum disease; and even treat it in the early stages. Gum disease can cause a range of issues, including tooth loss.


There are even some studies linking gum disease with an increased risk of illnesses like dementia. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, therefore maintaining the teeth and gums is of utmost importance when it comes to protecting a person’s health in general.


Helping patients to help themselves


Here at Sheen Dental, we encourage all of our patients to develop their own regime that best supports their oral health in-between visits to the hygienist and dentist. We offer advice on how best to brush the teeth; how to floss effectively (or use interdental brushes if that is more appropriate); and even what tools and products may produce the best possible results for the individual patient.


We can also offer guidance on how the diet can impact the health of teeth and gums; as well as answer questions on what foods and drinks might best be kept for special occasions only!


For those who have a smoking habit, we can help patients to create a plan on how best to stop. This can be done on an individual basis so that the patient knows that they are being listened to and their specific concerns and worries about breaking the habit are answered with kindness and compassion.


The first step in many dental treatments


We will often advise our patients to visit the hygienist before embarking on many dental treatments. For example, those patients who wish to have misaligned teeth adjusted using either clear or fixed braces need to ensure that their mouth is in tip-top condition before getting started. Any issues with the cleanliness of the teeth and gums, or indeed gum disease, must be ironed out before this kind of treatment if the patient is to expect the best possible results.


At Sheen Dental, we encourage our patients to make regular appointments with both the hygienist and dentist. This allows us to help people to ensure that their teeth and gums are maintained in the best possible condition. By doing so, we can prevent many issues from occurring, and help our patients to achieve good general health throughout the body.