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Your allies in the fight against plaque

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

Plaque. The very word should strike terror into your teeth. It’s at the root of nearly all your dental woes. You can’t ever stop it accumulating in your mouth. It could make you lose all your teeth and you can never, ever stop fighting against it, twice a day, every day from now until the end of time. But, never fear, because in this never-ending battle against the destroyer of your pearly whites you have an important ally, your hygienist in Richmond.

Hygienist in Richmond

Your hygienist in Richmond cannot be with you all the time as you fight the good fight against the acids from plaque, but you can rely on them at least twice a year for back-up in the endless clean-up operation.

Here at Sheen Dental, we have 3 great hygienists who are standing by, equipped and ready to get in there between your teeth and around your gumlines and get rid of any plaque that your twice daily brushing and flossing regime has missed. It’s impossible to get all the plaque off as it loves to accumulate in hard-to-reach places like the crevices between your teeth. If you have wonky teeth, there are more crevices and hiding places for plaque to build up, so you will be in even more need of help.

What is plaque and why is it the enemy?

In itself, bacterial plaque is harmless. The bacteria don’t cause infection, they just live in your mouth and feed on any sugars knocking around in your saliva. When sugar levels go up, the bacteria proliferate. You will feel them on your teeth with your tongue.

The problem is that these bacteria give off acids and it’s the acids that attack your teeth and gums, eroding the enamel and inflaming the gums, and then getting underneath them to attack the tooth roots and bone that holds your teeth in place.

The other problem is that if plaque is left in place for more than 3 days, it hardens and then the only way to get rid of it is to scrape it off. Meanwhile, it still gives off acids, and you can’t get rid of it. Only the hygienist in Richmond can, with her trusty set of scrapers.


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