A Complete Guide to Teeth Cleaning and Aftercare
The first step in choosing the right dentist is to set up a consultation. Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentist. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.
What to Expect From Teeth Cleaning at our Dental Office
The teeth cleaning process by our dentist follows a series of simple steps to effectively remove bacteria and other problems from your teeth and gums.
1. Consultation with Our Dentist and Oral Examination
Your appointment will start with a quick consultation with our dentist. You will be asked about your dental history, dental procedures previously performed, your last teeth cleaning and your current teeth or gum problems. Our dentist will also conduct an oral exam to determine the current health of your teeth and look for any signs of tooth decay, cavities and gum diseases. In case of a dental problem, more tests will be suggested by our dentist.
2. Removing the Tartar and Plaque from Your Teeth
After the oral examination, our dentist will start the teeth cleaning process by removing tartar and plaque from your teeth. The larger deposits of tartar and plaque will be eliminated first and then our dentist will move on to the smaller deposits.
3. Cleansing and Brushing of Your Teeth
After eliminating the tartar and plaque, our dentist will thoroughly brush your teeth using a soft, high-quality, spin brush to get rid of any debris.
4. Teeth Polishing and Flossing
Next, our dentist will floss your teeth and polish them to make them smooth and sparkling. Our dentist may use a paste similar to a toothpaste for this process. Once your teeth are polished, they will be flossed.
5. Rinse and Fluoride Application to Your Teeth
Your mouth will receive a final rinsing to eliminate leftover residue from the teeth cleaning. Our dentist will begin applying fluoride on your teeth for added protection. This will assist in fighting off cavities, germs and other diseases.
6. Suggested Treatments and Follow up Appointment Scheduling
Once the teeth cleaning is completed, our dentist may suggest further dental treatments you might need as per the current condition of your mouth. Additional dental tests and examinations might be required before a proper treatment plan is set depending on your dental issue.
What is Teeth Cleaning
Teeth cleaning process is done by our dentist using various tools to eliminate tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. This process is also essential to detect and correct oral health issues like gingivitis and cavities. It not only detects and prevents problems early on, but also leaves you with a brighter smile.
Protection against Tooth Decay
Cavities damage the enamel that protects your teeth. Plaque is a colorless film formed by bacteria when the gums and teeth are neglected. This plaque buildup gradually results in cavities and tooth decay, but can be prevented and treated by our dentist with the proper teeth cleaning process.
Detection and Prevention of Gum Diseases
Gum disease damages the bone and gums that keep your teeth in place. If the plaque buildup is left unattended for a long period, it becomes a hard covering known as tartar. This harmful cover can’t be removed with regular cleaning at home and requires professional cleaning. The more tartar and plaque left untreated, the more damage your teeth will experience. Your gums will start to swell up and turn red– these are symptoms of gingivitis, a gum disease.
What to Do After the Cleaning?
Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visit to our dental office, it should be ongoing. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to ensure your good oral health. Once you have your teeth cleaning done, it is important that you follow the aftercare advice and suggestions by our dentist. Here are some tips that can help you in improving your oral health:
Teeth Brushing Tips
Our dentist suggests brushing your teeth twice a day to protect your teeth.
- It is best to keep your brush angled at 45 degree against the gum line. Brush gently in the area where your gum and teeth meet to the edge of your teeth.
- Avoid harsh brushing as it can be harmful for both your gums and teeth.
- Ensure that same method of brushing is done all over your teeth.
- Make sure you brush the back of both your top and bottom teeth.
- Always brush your tongue, as well as the top of your mouth in forward sweeping motion. This helps in eliminating the bacteria from the mouth.
- Brush your teeth for 2 complete minutes.
The recommended frequency of flossing by our dentist is at least once a day. However, it is best to floss each time after you brush your teeth.
- The flossing strip should be about 18-inches long to properly floss your teeth.
- Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around your middle fingers of both hands.
- Always begin flossing from the top of the teeth and then move to the bottom.
- Utilize your index finger to put the strip between your teeth. Avoid pushing hard as it can harm your gums.
- Use a clean part of the floss strip for each tooth.
Flossing regularly will help in ensuring your professional teeth cleaning and polishing stays longer.
For an effective mouth rinse, you should select an antibacterial mouthwash that contains fluoride so that you can prevent cavities and any further problem. This will provide fresh breath and leave your mouth bacteria free. Proper rinsing of mouth is very important to make sure that all the debris after teeth cleaning has been removed.
- You can rinse after or even before you begin cleaning your teeth.
- Make sure you swish your preferred mouthwash for around 30 seconds to benefit from it.
A healthy set of teeth and strong gums can only be achieved through effective oral care. Regular brushing and flossing are needed to provide maximum protection for your teeth against plaque, gum diseases and tooth decay.
It is recommended to make regular visits to the dental office so that any further dental issues can be identified promptly. Sometimes regular brushing is not enough to remove all the plaque buildup that can only be removed by professional teeth cleaning.
Call us today for a teeth cleaning appointment or come to our office. Our dentist is readily available for you and will answer any questions you might have.