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Why do I need a hygienist?

It is important to keep up your oral hygiene to prevent many different types of issues with your teeth and gums. Your hygienist Richmond can help with this by deep cleaning your teeth if needed and giving you advice about brushing techniques, flossing, interdental brushes and more.

What are the benefits of having a hygienist?

Your hygienist Richmond can offer many different preventive benefits for the care of your teeth and gums. A great benefit is that they specialise in deep cleaning, descaling, and polishing your teeth to a very high standard. This ensures that your teeth are as clean as possible and any bacteria on the teeth and below the gums can be removed.

The advice that we give is also a big part of the care we provide, as it means that you can learn ways of taking care of your teeth that you may not have known about before. This means that you can minimise dental appointments, and be knowledgeable about how to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible on a regular basis.

Another great advantage is that hygienists also specialise in preventing periodontal disease. This disease causes infection in the tissue that holds your teeth in place. This means that it can cause your teeth to weaken, and if untreated, possibly lead to tooth loss.

What can happen if I don’t take care of my teeth?

If you don’t come for regular check-ups with your hygienist Richmond, or don’t brush/floss your teeth properly or regularly, this can lead to many different problems with your teeth and gums that will only become worse over time if you don’t do anything about them.

Tooth decay is the first thing that may occur if you don’t take care of your teeth properly. The decay will be caused by the continuous build-up of plaque and bacteria, which is usually due to underbrushing. The bacteria will start to invade your teeth, causing cavities and damage to both the centre and the surface of the tooth.

Tooth loss is also a risk when you don’t look after your teeth, as if there is constant bacteria on them then this can cause the teeth and gums to weaken. This usually occurs later down the line, after your teeth have been decayed for a while, but can happen sooner depending on the condition of your mouth.

When plaque is left to sit on the tooth, it will eventually harden and turn into something called tartar. This is hard to remove from the tooth and will also erode the enamel on your teeth. Once your enamel is eroded, it cannot grow back and is gone forever, therefore forever damaging that tooth.

Gum disease can also occur if you do not properly clean your teeth on a regular basis, and this can cause extreme pain and discomfort. Gum disease can take a while to treat, and can cause you to be off work, and not be able to live your life to the fullest. This is such an important reason why you should follow a regular oral hygiene routine to minimise the risk of any of these things happening to you.

Here at Sheen Dental, we always do everything we can to help you maintain a great smile. Whenever you have any questions about certain treatments, we will be right here with all the answers you need to have a peace of mind.


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