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You and the hygienist in Richmond

The foundation of every great smile is great oral health. If your teeth and gums are not healthy, it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on cosmetic dentistry treatments, your smile is always going to be compromised.

Here at Sheen Dental, we see oral health as a team effort between you, the dentist and the hygienist in Richmond. We are working together to keep your teeth from the plaque that causes decay and gum disease, and to fix any problems that arise while they are still in their early stages.

Your part in the teamwork

Your job is to carry out the daily hygiene routine that we recommend. For most people, that is to brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss between your teeth to remove plaque from under the gums and also any trapped food.

Your other job is to get yourself along to bi-annual check-ups and sessions with the hygienist in Richmond.

The dentist’s part

The dentist carries out the check-up. This is to spot the early signs of gum disease, tooth decay or damage to the teeth, as well as oral cancer. These can then be dealt with before they become advanced.

The hygienist’s part

The hygienist in Richmond has the job of cleaning away any build-up of plaque that you have not been able to get at with your brushing. Often this plaque has hardened into tartar, a chalk-like substance. Plaque and tartar give off acids, which corrode tooth enamel and inflame gums.

The hygienist in Richmond has an array of tools at their disposal with which to clean your teeth. As they clean, they will also check out and measure any areas where the gums are pulling away from the teeth, which is a sign of gum disease. The hygienist may let the dentist know that you need treatment if the pockets are large.

The hygienist in Richmond can also remove staining and give you pointers on cleaning.

You leave with shiny, polished stain-free teeth. It feels lovely. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, come on in and let’s get them sorted out.


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