Professional Teeth Cleanings
What is a professional teeth cleaning?
A professional teeth cleaning is done by your dentist using various tools to eliminate tartar and plaque build-up in your teeth. This procedure is also a great start before correcting oral health issues like gingivitis and cavities. A professional teeth cleaning keeps your teeth looking their best!
Teeth cleaning provides the following benefits:
- 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 up and turns into a film known as plaque. If plaque is not addressed, it can gradually result in cavities or tooth decay. This can be prevented and treated by our dentist through our teeth cleaning process.
- Detection and Prevention of Gum Disease: Tartar can form in the gums which is hard to remove with regular cleanings at home, it instead requires a professional teeth cleaning. The more time tartar and plaque are left untreated, the more it will damage your teeth. Your dentist can help to prevent gum disease with regular cleanings, that way your gums and teeth stay healthy and strong.
What should I expect at a professional dental cleaning?
The teeth cleaning process by our dentist follows a series of simple steps to effectively remove all bacteria and other problems from your teeth and gums. The steps are as follows:
- Consultation with Your Dentist and Oral Examination: Your appointment will start with a quick consultation with your dentist. You will be asked about your dental history, dental procedures previously performed, and your last teeth cleaning. Your 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 disease. If a dental problem is discovered, your dentist will recommend solutions to address these effectively.
- Removing the tartar and plaque from your teeth: After the oral examination, your dentist will start the teeth cleaning process.The larger deposits of tartar and plaque will be eliminated first and then your dentist will move on to the smaller deposits. Duration varies from patient to patient.
- Deep Cleaning: After eliminating the tartar and plaque, your dentist will deeply clean your mouth to get rid of any left over debris and then polishes your teeth.
- Rinse and Fluoride Application of your Teeth: Your mouth will receive a final rinsing to eliminate leftover residue during the teeth cleaning. Your dentist will begin applying fluoride on your teeth for added protection. This will assist in fighting off cavities, germs and harsh chemicals.
- Scheduling: After the teeth cleaning is completed, the dentist will advice on when you should get your next professional teeth cleaning and you may schedule the next appointment with our staff before departing.
- Aftercare: Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visit to our dental office. Your dentist will suggest at-home treatments to ensure your good oral health. Once you have your teeth cleaning done, it’s important that you follow the aftercare advice and suggestions by our dentist. Here are some tips that can help you maintain the sparking results of our professional teeth cleaning.
Teeth Brushing Tips
Our dentists suggest brushing your teeth twice or more a day to protect your teeth from developing cavities. Following are useful tips to brush your teeth successfully:
Avoid harsh brushing as it can be harmful for both your gums and teeth.
Ensure that same method of brushing is done evenly throughout your teeth.
Make sure you brush the back of your teeth.
Always brush your tongue, this helps reduce the bacteria in your mouth.
Brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes.
Don’t forget to visit our dental office for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings at least twice a year.
Flossing and brushing go hand in hand and should be performed one after the other. Flossing is important to remove bits of food that may be stuck between your teeth where a brush can’t reach. Here are some useful tips for flossing:
The flossing strip should be long enough to fit in between your teeth and also get a good grip, for an even left and right and up and down motion when cleaning.
Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around your index fingers.
Avoid pushing hard as it can harm your gums.
Use a clean part of the strip for every other tooth.
Flossing regularly is just as important as brushing, so don't underestimate this step in your oral routine.
A proper mouth rinse is needed to remove any debris left after brushing your teeth. It is best to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria free. Our dentists recommend an antiseptic mouthwash to be used once or twice every day in order to eliminate bacteria from your mouth and further protect it from plaque and tartar. Opt for a mouthwash that is antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities and other issues:
You can rinse after or even before you begin cleaning your teeth.
Make sure you swish your preferred mouthwash for around 30 seconds fully benefit from it.
A healthy set of teeth and strong gums can only be achieved through effective oral care. Regular brushing and flossing is needed to provide maximum protection for your teeth against plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. Regular visits to our dental office are suggested to identify any potential dental problems and getting a professional teeth cleaning can help to eliminate any plaque buildup that can’t be removed from regular brushing. Schedule an appointment with our dentist today to enhance your oral health and maintain a beautiful smile.
Call us for an appointment at 636-561-6035 or come to our office. We are here to help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of!