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Regular visits to our hygienist Richmond to help prevent gingivitis and periodontitis

It is important to visit our dentist on a regular basis to make sure that your teeth are clean and strong, and to help prevent any dental issues from building up in your mouth which may lead to further complications in the future. By visiting our dentist on a regular basis you can make sure that plaque and tartar do not build up on your teeth or around your gums. Plaque and tartar are the main cause of the majority of dental issues in both children and adults. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms continuously on the surface of your teeth. This can be removed by brushing your teeth at least twice a day or after meal times. When plaque remains on the surface of your teeth it hardens and discolours to become tartar. Unfortunately tartar cannot be removed from your teeth by brushing at home, but requires professional cleaning with our hygienist Richmond to be removed from the surface of your teeth.

Tartar not only affects the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, but is also a major cause of significant dental health issues. Tartar forms above and below your gum line. It provides a hard surface which promotes the growth of further plaque and bacteria. These bacteria then release acids which destroy the enamel of your teeth. They also result in gum disease and depending on the extent of plaque and tartar this can progress and cause serious complications further down the line. By visiting our dentist and hygienist Richmond on a regular basis you can have plaque and tartar removed professionally, to help promote better dental health and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.

Gingivitis and periodontitis

The majority of adults will experience a certain amount of gum disease at least once in their life. Visiting our dentist on a regular basis alongside the hygienist Richmond for professional cleaning can help detect signs of gum disease from the outset, so that it can be treated quickly and effectively before it can progress. One of the main signs of gum disease are bleeding gums and this is a symptom which should never be ignored and the earlier you visit your dentist the fewer complications there will be in the future. If you are suffering from gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums, you may not realise at first. However, thorough examination at the dentist will be able to identify this for you and help prevent it from spreading to the surrounding healthy bone and tissue around your teeth. If you avoid the dentist and are unable to clean your teeth effectively then gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. This is inflammation of the soft tissue and the bone which is responsible for keeping our teeth firmly in place. Periodontitis is a major cause for concern and without medical attention it can result in tooth loss.

Speak to our hygienist Richmond today and book an appointment for a thorough examination, as well as a deep clean of your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar which may be forming, before they can begin to cause detrimental impact on your teeth and gums.


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