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Unsure about the role of a hygienist in dental care?5 FAQs answered by Sheen Dental

When many people are asked how they would keep their teeth and mouth healthy, the answers are often very standard; brush twice a day, avoid sugary foods, attend dental check-ups and always floss.

While every dentist will give you the thumbs up for following this advice, there are many other ways to ensure that your oral health remains in top shape.

And, if you are one of the many people who has experienced conditions such as gum disease or even have a history of poorly maintained dental health, there are additional treatments that you can have to keep your teeth sparkling white and your gums in top condition.

At Sheen Dental, our hygienist in Richmond can offer a high-quality service to all of our patients. Providing everything from advice to cleaning, our team will be able to help you get your dental health back on track, while also making sure you are informed enough to keep them in top shape long term. Excellent!

Unsure of what our hygienist in Richmond does as opposed to a regular dentist? Read on to learn more about them via the top 5 FAQs about this specialist.

Can a scale and polish help with bad breath?

While this will ultimately depend on the underlying cause of your bad breath, if it is related to plaque and inflammation, then yes.

As a scale and polish removes stubborn plaque both above and below the gum line, it can be useful for reducing bacteria, which could be the cause of the bad breath. However, if your cause is not linked to periodontal issues, then our hygienist in Richmond will suggest another suitable treatment for you.

What should I do if I notice blood when I brush?

If your teeth regularly bleed when you brush them, this could be due to either over enthusiastic brushing (be gentle!) or could be one of the first signs of gum disease.

If you reduce the ferocity of your brushing and your gums are still bleeding, contact our dentist for an assessment.

I have sore gums - should I see my dentist?

Like the bleeding gums, this could be due to your brushing technique or could be a sign of an underlying issue.

If you are worried about the recurrence of sore gums, contact our team for an assessment.

Can a dental team help with smoking cessation?

Yes, they can.

As smoking is one of the leading causes of gum disease, oral cancer and gum recession, our team at Sheen Dental will be more than happy to help you give up the habit by referring you to other professionals who can help and will also be able to offer you advice.

What are the benefits of regular cleaning sessions?

Regular cleaning from a dental team has a myriad of advantages, including the removal of stubborn plaque from the teeth and gums, alongside identifying any potential issues at an earlier stage. Also, your teeth will both look and feel healthier. What's not to like about that?


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