Many dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath are highly preventable. And one of the most effective ways you can avoid these is through commitment to preventative dentistry techniques.
Prevention from dental diseases begins with a good at home dental cleaning routine that includes proper tooth brushing and flossing. These are easy ways to effectively remove soft plaque which adheres to the teeth surface and is the main culprit of dental issues.
Aside from these home interventions, there are still some areas of the mouth that are difficult to reach and clean using regular toothbrush and floss. So if you want to get your teeth cleaned professionally, you should go to your dentist.
With professional dental cleaning, plaque, hard calcular deposits, and food debris on the teeth surfaces and beneath the gum line are removed. During the every 6-month routine visit for your teeth cleaning, our qualified and experienced dentists will help you with your teeth-care needs and the management of your oral health.
Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. More than removing dirt and irritants, your appointment would also include a comprehensive dental check-up. Your teeth, gums, tongue, and jaws are thoroughly examined so your dentist can identify problems at their early stage. With early intervention, you can expect better outcomes and a healthier smile.
After getting your mouth checked and teeth cleaned, you can expect your dentist to discuss with you the best ways to keep your mouth healthy. They will impart helpful tips for good oral health management such as how to properly brush your teeth or what dental treatments you need, among many others.
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During dental cleaning, several instruments will be used by your dentist to carefully, delicately, and effectively clean the teeth surfaces and gums. The first, and perhaps the most useful, instrument that your dentist will use for dental cleaning is the ultrasonic scaler.
An ultrasonic scaler delivers high-frequency vibrations to the tooth and this loosens and removes the plaque, tartar, calculus, and stains. The scaler will be scraped around the teeth and under the gums to provide a whole mouth clean. But despite the powerful vibrations, the scaler does not cause any harm to the tooth enamel.
If you have heavy calcular deposits, your dentist may recommend getting a deep cleaning. This is essentially scaling for the roots of your teeth and this is very important in the prevention of gum and periodontal disease.
After scaling, your dentist will clean and polish the teeth using special toothpaste and brush. This will remove remaining debris and keep your breath fresh after the dental cleaning treatment.
The entire process is simple and relatively pain-free especially for those who visit the dentist regularly for teeth cleaning. But for patients with gum disease, some sensitivity may be felt. If so, you can always inform your dentist so they can make the necessary adjustments to make you feel more comfortable.
There is essentially no preparation needed for the patient to go for a regular dental check-up and cleaning.
However, if you have any questions for your dentist about your oral health or if you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in your mouth, it may be wise to get these prepared. So when you visit, you can ask all your questions away and your dentist can check up on certain areas in your mouth with any signs of discomfort.
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Professional dental cleaning is very important to maintain excellent oral health. It is your dentist or dental hygienist who performs this procedure, so you can trust that they know the best way to clean your teeth and gums. After dental cleaning, there are some side effects that you can expect but these are normal and manageable:
For those who have not visited their dentist for a long time, calculus may have already accumulated on the gum line and this can cause gum recession. So upon removal, the tooth root will be exposed as no gums will be covering them. Tooth roots are extremely sensitive when exposed to air and food.
If you have gum recession, teeth sensitivity will usually last a few days to a couple of weeks depending on your prior gum health. But if you are getting your dental cleaning done regularly, you should not worry about aggravated sensitivity.
Deep cleaning takes quite an effort to be done and this takes a toll on your gums. So they will feel sore for about 7 – 10 days. To relieve pain, painkillers may be prescribed which you can take as needed.
Scraping off deposits and dirt may result in swelling of the gums. It should usually heal on its own as you continue with your home dental care. In rare cases, you may need to be prescribed with antibiotics if infection is present.
Most patients who experience significant bleeding are those who undergo deep cleaning and those with gingivitis.
This is a problem for those whose gums may have receded and in place of the spaces are the hard deposits. If you do not floss, this may also be a problem for you. After professional dental cleaning and once these in-between-the-teeth calculus are removed, you can expect for gaps to appear in between your teeth.
Sometimes, gums may heal and cover minimal spaces. But for larger ones, you may need to consult with your dentist for the appropriate treatment.
How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Generally, dental check-ups and teeth cleaning must be done twice a year, every 6 months. But for patients with a history of periodontal disease or other recurring conditions, your dentist may advise for more frequent treatments.
What can happen if I do not keep my teeth clean?
When the mouth is not cleaned, bacteria and plaque accumulates which erode the teeth so you may experience dental issues to plague your mouth. These include tooth decay, gum disease, periodontal disease, and bad breath. Eventually, you may suffer from tooth loss as a consequence of neglect.