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What is the purpose of the hygienist in Richmond?

People often wonder about the purpose of the hygienist in Richmond: what do we do and how can we help? Here at Sheen Dental, we are keen to ensure that all of our patients receive the best possible care. Visiting the hygienist is an important part of that care. The hygienist in Richmond works alongside the dentist to offer a complete package for oral health.

What does the hygienist do?

We encourage all of our patients to schedule regular appointments with the hygienist as part of an overall plan with the ultimate aim of achieving healthy teeth and gums. The main goal of this dental professional is prevention. This means that we help to ensure that our patients have good oral health in order to significantly lessen the chances of having issues with the teeth and gums that require treatment further down the line.


One of the main ways we help to reduce the likelihood of problems with the teeth and gums is by offering a professional clean. This is much more in-depth than the kind of cleaning and brushing it is possible for our patients to do themselves at home. We physically remove plaque and tartar that can be difficult to reach with ordinary brushing; giving a thoroughly clean feeling.


How can professional cleaning help?


Firstly, and arguably most importantly, the detailed ‘scale and polish’ conducted by the hygienist means that we are nipping any minor issues in the bud before they result in needing major dental work. This minimises the risk of future discomfort and can result in financial savings too.


Patients who book themselves in for a regular professional clean often find that the appearance of their teeth is improved: they look whiter and less stained. This can help to improve a person’s self-confidence when it comes to that all-important smile.


Our patients often feel more confident regarding their breath after having regular cleans from the hygienist. Plaque and tartar build-up can cause the breath to smell a little less fresh than it should, and these cleans help to ensure confidence in feeling minty fresh whatever the occasion.


Giving patients the tools to help themselves


We can help our patients to maintain cleanliness in-between visits by giving advice on how best to take care of the teeth and gums. Hygienists can advise on the best brushing and flossing techniques, and even recommend products that may be particularly helpful on an individual basis. We can also give advice on how best to manage the diet to avoid dental issues and to keep the teeth in tip-top condition.


A tailored approach


At Sheen Dental Care, we treat every patient on an individual basis. As hygienists and dentists, we work closely with each person to ascertain their needs. We take time to assess the condition of the teeth and gums, and to answer any questions or queries that the patient might have.We offer treatments based on a tailored approach that is likely to be the most beneficial for the individual, and are always happy to discuss a variety of options depending on what the patient is looking to get out of the experience.