Professional teeth cleaning at the dentist office is considered to be a most effective technique to make certain your oral health is in good condition. Good oral health is considered fundamental to sustain general good health. Maintenance of teeth and gums is extremely important for individuals at any age. Our dentist ensures you are comfortable throughout the teeth cleaning process and other dental procedures, leaving you satisfied with improved oral health.
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. The steps are as follows:
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.
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. If you haven’t had a teeth cleaning done at a dentist office for a long time then this process might take awhile.
3. Cleansing and Brushing of your Teeth
After eliminating the tartar and plaque, our dentist will clean your mouth to get rid of any debris. Then, a gentle brushing of your teeth is performed. Your teeth will be cleaned using a quality brush and this will remove any leftover tartar and plaque on your teeth.
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 of 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 for a longer duration.
6. Suggested Treatments and Next Appointment Scheduling With Our Dentist
Once the teeth cleaning is completed, our dentist may suggest any 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 build-up 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.
Teeth cleaning by a professional is important because of the following reasons:
Protection against Tooth Decay
Cavities damage the enamel that protects your teeth. This happens when the gums and teeth are not properly cared for and bacteria starts to gather forming a colorless and sticky film known as plaque. If not immediately taken care of, this plaque build-up gradually results in cavities and tooth decay. This can be prevented and treated by our dentist through the 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 build-up 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, turn red and bleed – this is prevalence 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:
The recommended frequency of flossing by our dentist is at least once per day. However, it is best to floss each time after you brush your teeth. Here are some useful tips for flossing:
- 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 finger of both hands.
- Always begin flossing from the top of the tooth 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 the clean part of the floss strip for each tooth.
Flossing regularly will help in ensuring your professional teeth cleaning and polishing stays longer.
Teeth Brushing Tips
Our dentist suggests brushing your teeth twice a day to protect your teeth. Following are useful tips to brush your teeth effectively:
- It is best to keep your brush angled at 45 degrees 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 complete 2 minutes.
Appropriate mouthwash is required to remove any leftover debris after brushing and flossing. It is paramount to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria-free. Choose a mouthwash, which is both antibacterial and contains fluoride to avoid cavities and further concerns:
- You can rinse afterwards or even before you begin cleaning your teeth.
- Make sure you swish your chosen mouthwash for around 30 seconds to benefit from it.
A strong set of teeth and healthy gums can only be attained through effective oral maintenance. Regular brushing and flossing is required to provide maximum safety for your teeth against plaque, gum infections and tooth decay.
In addition, regular visits to the dental office are recommended to identify any possible dental complications. Receiving an expert teeth cleaning can support in eliminating any plaque accumulation that can’t be removed from regular brushing. Get your teeth cleaned by our dentist to improve your oral health and sustain a gorgeous smile.
Call us today for a teeth cleaning appointment or come to our office directly. Our dentist is looking forward to seeing you and will happily answer any questions you might have.