Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning 2017-05-10T14:12:35+00:00

Teeth Cleaning

Regardless of how seriously take your oral hygiene, Dentists around the world; unanimously encourage you to get your teeth cleaned by a professional on a regular basis. If you brush twice a day every day, you might be well ahead of the curve, but regardless of how meticulous you are when it comes to brushing your teeth, you still cannot prevent plaque, tartar or calculus from accumulating around your gum line and in between your teeth. Unfortunately, a simple toothbrush and some foamy toothpaste is not enough to wash and rinse away the plaque and tarter, and you will always require a professional teeth cleaning to completely get rid of the bacteria rich film.

Bacteria, which finds plaque and tartar fertile ground for growth and disease, secretes acid which can cause gum and tooth decay, and even lead to inflammation, and infection of the gum and can cause influence systemic disease.

The Procedure

Your teeth cleaning is done by a dental hygienist, who has access to special tools and utensils that are designed specifically for cleaning purposes. The structure of the teeth is unique to each individual, therefore the hygienist has to adapt a little every time they perform teeth cleaning. However, the process carried out, more or less remains the same for all.

The process begins with an assessment of your oral hygiene, how well have you maintained your teeth. Once the dentist has assessed the level of cleaning required, they move further. Cleaning with curettes is the first step of the cleaning process itself, this when the dentist removes the plaque of your tooth’s surface. Curettes can be both hand held and machine operated and the choice of either depends on the nature of the cleaning required by each client.

After the plaque is removed, your teeth are polished by the hygienist with a rotary prophy handpiece , equipped with a rubber tip and prophy paste, which is used to polish your teeth, leaving them smooth and shiny.

Oral Health

By most accounts, the tooth cleaning process is quite enjoyable for those on the receiving end, not only does it help raise your confidence because of your beautiful smile, but also the sense of cleanliness that ensues after the cleanup is second to none.

If your gums are itchy or you feel irritated due to a buildup of plaque and tartar, you may find your gums bleeding during the brushing process. Also, if your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, it might be time to visit your nearest dental hygienist and get a complete and thorough cleaning

Fluoride

It is found in public water supplies, toothpaste and many other dental products. 

Fluoride is a mineral which helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen. It is found in public water supplies, most toothpaste and other dental rinses.

Fluoride has been shown in research to help prevent cavities in both children and adults by making teeth resistant to the acids in foods and beverages that cause cavities. Brushing your teeth frequently with a fluoride toothpaste helps strengthen your teeth’s enamel and prevents cavities. Some people are prone to cavities. In this case, dentists may recommend prescription strength rinses or apply a fluoride varnish when the teeth are professionally cleaned.

The American Dental Association recommends using a fluoride toothpaste that contains the ADA Seal of Acceptance. For small children and toddlers under 3, parents should use a very small amount of toothpaste under direct supervision or use a toothpaste without fluoride if it is likely to be ingested.

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