You can visit the dental hygienist at least once a year if you want to keep your smile vibrant and safe and boost your overall health. It is necessary to exercise proper oral hygiene at home. However, removing the plaque and tartar accumulation can not always be achieved from simple brushing and flossing alone. A host of severe health conditions, such as heart disease, strokes, asthma, cancer, bone loss, infections, and more, are linked with poor oral hygiene. Regular dental cleanings will help reduce the chance of these extreme conditions emerging.
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What is Dental Cleaning?
Dental cleanings are intended to extract layers of plaque and tartar build up over time on the teeth. The oily, soft film that contains millions of bacteria is plaque. When not eliminated by daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist, this bacteria present in plaque causes gum disease and tooth decay. Tartar is a hard calcified deposit, or dental calculus, that forms on the teeth and can lead to deterioration. To gently dissolve these deposits without causing damage to the teeth, dentists use advanced equipment.
Why Do I Need to Get my Teeth Cleaned?
Professional teeth brushing removes plaque, the fluffy yellowish build-up, and calculus (hardened plaque) that you cannot remove independently. This soft build-up consists of billions of various bacteria species that survive and reproduce in the mouth by feeding on the food you consume. In our bodies, most bacteria survive without causing too much trouble. But as they develop in numbers, some bacteria in the dental plaque can contribute to cavities (holes in the teeth) or gum disease. By significantly lowering the amount of plaque and calculus on your teeth through a dental cleaning, your risk of developing cavities or gum disease decreases too.
How Dental Cleaning Works
Step 1: Teeth and Gum Examination
The hygienist uses a tiny concave mirror before initiating the cleaning process to inspect the patient's mouth for any signs of oral disorders, such as inflamed gums, plaque, tartar accumulation, or black patches on the teeth. This encourages the hygienist to understand during the cleaning what to concentrate on. When more extreme conditions such as cavities or gum disease are found, the hygienist most frequently advises the dentist with a more detailed inspection.
Step 2: Scaling
The hygienist extracts some plaque and tartar from the teeth’ surface, along the gum line, and between the teeth, using a thin hooked instrument called a scalar. Either a manual or ultrasonic scaler is used, depending on how much buildup is present. A manual scale sounds like scratching on the teeth, while the ultrasonic scaler gently vibrates to flush out large deposits with water.
Step 3: Polishing and flossing
Next, the hygienist uses a small electric instrument with a rubber prophy cup attached and a rough toothpaste called prophylaxis paste to clean the teeth and remove any stains. During this step in the process, patients may expect to experience a slow grinding motion on the teeth. The hygienist then flosses the patient’s teeth to remove any residual plaque and paste.
Step 4: Fluoride
Many dental offices provide fluoride treatment in the washing process. Patients will also pick what fluoride gel flavor they prefer. This gel is then inserted into a mouthpiece that must be used for about a minute by the patient.
Why Choose Us?
We Listen and Understand
We take the time to listen to you and promise a gentle and straightforward approach to deliver our care. Going to the dentist should be a positive experience, so we do our best at Glen Park Dental to ensure that you feel as happy and secure as possible during your visit. Our team always has the time to address any issues and questions you may have with a polite and compassionate attitude.
We Offer Personalized Service
You aren't just a patient at our practice. We find value in you and your criteria for oral health. We are also capable of mitigating dental anxiety by specifically explaining what you should anticipate during the treatment. We do what we can at our office to ensure that your visit is as fun as possible. Our number one focus is customized compassionate, comprehensive patient treatment.
Give us a call today at (604) 474-0403 and see how else dental cleaning can be the best option for you.
Benefits of Dental Cleaning
The leading cause of tooth decay is the residue that builds up on your teeth. This acidic fluid chips away at the tooth’s enamel, leading to cavities if left untreated. By frequently brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings, plaque can be quickly removed.
Prevent Gum Disease
There is an essential correlation between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. Having your teeth cleaned at least every six months significantly lower the risk of gum disease and potentially fatal circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke.
Brightens Your Smile
Dental cleaning may eliminate built-up residues from drinking wine, coffee, and soda and smoking cigarettes. In fact, you can even have polished, brighter teeth if you regularly have a dental cleaning.
Boosts Your Overall Health
Regular dental cleanings, such as heart disease and stroke, can lower the risk for certain conditions. During a routine oral exam, numerous medical problems, some life-threatening, can be recognized by the dentist in their early stages.
Help Prevent Tooth Loss
Gum disease continues with built-up plaque on the teeth, a primary tooth loss factor in adults. As gum disease develops, plaque spreads deeper along the line between your teeth and gum, where the bone in your jaw will be damaged, allowing your teeth to loosen and slip out. However, by frequent dental cleanings and keeping up healthy oral hygiene practices at home, the likelihood of this happening to you can be significantly minimized.
Diabetes and gum disease are deeply associated with each other. Individuals coping with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease. Yet, severe gum disease can lead to difficulty in regulating your blood glucose levels. As a result, the person might eventually develop diabetes. Teeth cleaning will dissolve plaque and tartar that grows on teeth all year round. The plaque and tartar will be scraped away through a professional and skilled dental cleaning service.
Freshens Your Breath
On top of brushing and flossing, having dental hygiene will help you keep your mouth healthy, fresh, and free of odor.
Helps You Save Money
If you faithfully follow your daily dental appointment routine, it will help you save a great deal of money that you might waste on needless dental medications and operations if you do not take proper care of your teeth. It would certainly not take too much of your time to see your dentist twice a year. Do not wait to go to the dentist only when the problem has worsened.
Frequently Asked Questions
It isn't supposed to. Your dental cleaning that is usually scheduled should not cause you pain. However, complicating factors can be present. Inflammation of the gums, deterioration of the tooth, and other oral disease signs may increase sensitivity.
First of all, necessary cleaning starts with a dentist inspecting the teeth and gums. Scalers are then used for tartar removal. A dental hygienist will use tooth polishers to polish the teeth’ enamel once the tartar has been removed, then rinse the mouth.
To remove tartar between the teeth, it is essential to visit the dentist or hygienist to help prevent a variety of additional general health problems.
On average, most dental cleanings last between 30 minutes to an hour and are performed in a comfy dental chair in a flat position. You might notice that your teeth feel fresher and look brighter after professional teeth cleaning. Procedures for cleaning teeth are designed for more than just appearances.
It doesn't mean you should refrain from brushing and flossing just because your teeth are tender. The best way to maintain your dentist’s job is to continue brushing and flossing your teeth after being cleaned.
It's common for patients to wonder if their teeth should be cleaned before a whitening procedure is performed. In most cases, the answer is "yes." Dental cleaning often results in somewhat whiter teeth, as mentioned above. Plus, on clean teeth, many whitening treatments are more effective.
The colonies of bacteria may be disturbed by regular cleaning, which focuses on and above the gum line, releasing them into your bloodstream and the rest of your body. A regular cleaning polishes your teeth, and the bacteria colonies are removed from your mouth by deep cleaning.
Patients who neglect proper oral care by refusing to visit the dentist regularly risk getting tooth and gum disease and developing diseases in other parts of the body. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and breast cancer are significant health conditions related to oral health.
If you decide to use fluoride as a preventive measure, remember to wait for at least 30 minutes after cleaning before eating and drinking.
You can start eating right away, although you might not be comfortable eating with your new, clean smile. For a while, your teeth may feel sensitive. Try to avoid foods that are incredibly sticky, spicy, citrusy, cold, or crunchy.
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