For decades people regarded their teeth as a means to chew their food. The dentist was the place to go when you had a tooth ache and they sorted out the problem, by filling or pulling out a tooth. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and it has all changed. You have become more aware of your teeth, that they do more than just break down your food for your stomach to digest. At Sheen Dental the current principal dentist has been providing dental care to the local community for more than twenty five years. During this time, through education, their patients have learned the importance of their teeth. They have built a passionate team of highly qualified staff consisting of warm and welcoming front office staff and various dental clinicians. Their collective aim is to help you to retain your teeth for your lifetime with minimum dental surgery visits. When it comes to preventive dentistry, their hygienist Richmond is the driving force behind this program.
An oral hygiene program that works
We are all different and employing one dental hygiene program for all patients will not be effective. Your oral hygiene program starts with a consultation and examination by one of this team’s trained and registered dental hygienists. They will spend a lot of time discussing with you and listening to you so that they can formulate a vision of what you expect from your dental team. Oral hygiene is a vital part of preventing tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Failing to follow a properly designed, effective plan will result in frequent visits to the dentist for problems that could have been prevented. Their hygienists will identify any medical conditions such as mouth cancer or stains on your teeth they may find, signs of other conditions, such as liver or, celiac disease to name but a few. Their knowledge is vital to help you select your toothbrush and brushing and flossing techniques. They will also provide you with an explanation of why it is so important to keep visiting the dentist at least once every six months. This will ultimately reduce the number of dental visits that you will have to make over your lifetime.
The effect of diet
At this practice, the hygienists will outline the effect that your diet and recreational activities can have on your teeth and gums. Sugar is one of the biggest causes of dental decay and reducing your sugar intake will also be good for your overall health. There are two bacteria that feed off the sugars that you ingest and help to form plaque which collects on your teeth. These bacteria will eventually eat into your dental enamel and cause tooth decay. Regular brushing and flossing helps to reduce these bacteria. Smoking is a recreational activity that also has a detrimental effect on your oral hygiene.
Cleaning and polishing
Twice yearly dental visits will allow your hygienist to remove all the plaque from your teeth. In addition polishing your teeth will leave them smooth which reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth leaving them nowhere to adhere to because your teeth are smoothly polished.
Stick to the plan
These hygienists take great care in designing an individual plan for you and will help you to keep to the regime. As they are part of your dental team they will back up your regular dental maintenance with a thorough cleaning so that you can take on the next six months in the knowledge that your teeth are in a healthy condition.