What to Expect from Our Teeth Cleanings
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What to Expect From a Dental Cleaning
The teeth cleaning process includes a series of simple steps, as follows:
Consultation and Oral Exam
It all starts with a quick consultation with our dentist. You will be asked about your dental history, dental procedures previously performed, your last teeth cleaning, and current teeth or gum problems, if any. Our dentist will also perform an oral exam to determine the present condition of your teeth and look for any signs of tooth decay, cavities, and gum problems. In case of a dental problem, our dentist may recommend doing more tests.
Removal of Tartar and Plaque
After the oral examination, our dentist will start the teeth cleaning process by removing the tartar and plaque deposits from your teeth.
Cleaning and Brushing
After eliminating tartar and plaque, our dentist will remove any debris by gently brushing your teeth.
Teeth Polishing and Flossing
Next, our dentist will polish your teeth to make them smooth and sparkling. Our dentist may use a grainy paste, similar to regular toothpaste. Once your teeth are polished, they will be flossed.
Rinse and Fluoride Application
Your teeth will bet a final rinse to eliminate leftover residues from the teeth cleaning. Our dentist will, then, apply fluoride on your teeth for added protection and to fight cavities.
Suggested Treatments and Follow-up Appointments
Once the teeth cleaning is completed, our dentist may suggest further dental treatments depending on the current condition of your mouth. Additional dental tests and examinations might be required before a proper treatment plan is recommended.
What to Do After the Cleaning
Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visiting 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 made by our dentist.
Here are some tips that can help you improve your oral health:
Teeth Brushing Tips
Our dentist will suggest brushing your teeth twice a day.
Following are useful tips to brush your teeth effectively:
Keep your brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line. Gently brush the area where your gums and teeth meet.
Avoid harsh brushing as it can be harmful to both your gums and teeth.
Use the same brushing technique on all 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 to eliminate bacteria from the mouth.
Brush your teeth for 2 full minutes.
Our dentist recommends using dental floss at least once every day, but 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.
Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around the middle fingers of both hands.
Always start by flossing your upper teeth and then move to the lower ones.
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 every other tooth.
Flossing regularly will ensure that your professional teeth cleaning and polishing processes last longer.
An appropriate mouthwash is needed to remove any debris left after regular brushing and flossing.
It is best to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria free.
Opt for a mouthwash that is both antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities.
You can rinse after or even before brushing.
Make sure you swish your preferred mouthwash for around 30 seconds.
Regular visits to our dental office are recommended to prevent any possible dental complications. Getting an expert dental cleaning can help eliminate any plaque accumulation that can’t be removed by regular brushing. Get your teeth cleaned by our dentist to improve your oral health and keep a lovely smile.
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Early Detection of Dental Problems and Diseases
Our dentist will conduct the regular teeth cleaning procedure but, at the same, have a chance to get a detailed look at the condition of your teeth, gums and oral hygiene. Additionally, our dentist will screen you, through which he will be able to detect any possible problem that might exist. Early diagnosis is pivotal for the effective treatment of a number of conditions and diseases. If the dentist finds any problems with your teeth, such as cavities and broken fillings, he can suggest the necessary treatment to improve the condition.
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.
Preventing Tooth Loss
Unfortunately, the possibility of tooth loss, plaque, and gum disease only rises as we age. The bacteria in our mouths builds up and increases, causing the enamel to disintegrate and eventually causing tooth loss. Additionally, possibilities of plaque penetrating into the tooth or gums can cause further damage, such as bone damage to the jaw. Luckily, scheduling frequent teeth cleaning with our dentist, along with following a proper regime, can help prevent these issues.
Detection and Prevention of Gum Disease
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 are left untreated, the more damage your teeth will experience. Your gums may even develop gingivitis, a gum disease.