Gentle Professional Cleanings
What is Teeth Cleaning?
During the teeth cleaning process, our dentist uses various tools to remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. This process helps detect and correct oral health issues like gingivitis and cavities. It detects and prevents problems early on and leaves you with a brighter smile.
Early Detection of Dental Problems and Diseases
Our dentist will conduct a regular teeth cleaning procedure, which gives them a chance to take a detailed look at the condition of your teeth, gums and oral hygiene. Additionally, our dentist will screen you to detect any possible problems that you may have. 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 may suggest treatment sto improve these conditions.
Protection Against Tooth Decay
Cavities damage the enamel that protects your teeth through the accumulation of plaque. Plaque is a colorless film formed by bacteria when the gums and teeth are neglected. This plaque build-up gradually results in cavities and tooth decay, but can be prevented and treated by our dentist with the proper teeth cleaning process.
Tooth Loss Prevention
When the bacteria in our mouths builds up and increases, the enamel disintegrates, eventually causing tooth loss. Additionally, the possibility of plaque penetrating into the tooth or gums can cause further damage, such as bone damage to the jaw. Scheduling frequent teeth cleaning with our dentist and following a proper dental hygiene routine can help prevent these problems.
Gum Diseases Detection and Prevention
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, so it requires professional cleaning. The longer tartar and plaque are left untreated, the more damage your teeth will experience. Your gums may even develop a gum disease called gingivitis.
Teeth Cleaning Process at Our Dental Office
The teeth cleaning process follows a series of simple steps. These include the removal of bacteria and other problems from your teeth and gums. The steps are listed below:
Consultation with Our Dentist and Oral Exam
You will start with a quick consultation with our dentist. You will be asked about your dental history, any dental procedures you've previously had performed, your last teeth cleaning and your current teeth or gum problems, if any. Our dentist will also conduct an oral exam to determine the current state of your oral health and look for any signs of tooth decay, cavities and gum problems. If our dentist finds a dental problem, they may suggest more tests.
Removal of Tartar and Plaque from Teeth
After the oral examination, our dentist will start the teeth cleaning process by removing tartar and plaque from your teeth. The larger deposits of tartar and plaque will be eliminated first and then our dentist will remove the smaller deposits.
Cleaning and Brushing
After eliminating the tartar and plaque, our dentist will clean your mouth to get rid of any debris. Gentle brushing of your teeth will proceed. Your teeth will be cleaned using a quality brush that will remove any leftover tartar and plaque on your teeth.
Teeth Polishing and Flossing
Next, our dentist will floss your teeth and polish them to make them smooth and sparkling. Our dentist may use a paste similar to tooth paste for this process. Once your teeth are polished, they will be flossed.
Rinse and Fluoride Application
Your mouth will receive a final rinsing to eliminate residue leftover from the teeth cleaning. Our dentist will begin applying fluoride to your teeth for added protection. This will help fight off cavities, germs and other diseases for a long time.
Suggested Treatments and Follow Appointment
Once the teeth cleaning is completed, our dentist may suggest further dental treatments depending on the current state of your oral health. Additional dental tests and examinations might be required before our dentist can recommend a proper treatment plan.
What to Do After the Cleaning
Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visiting our dental office. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to maintain your good oral health. Once you have your teeth cleaning done, it is important that you follow our dentist's aftercare advice.
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 to protect your teeth:
It is best to keep your brush angled at 45 degree against the gum line. Brush gently in the area where your gum and teeth meet to the edge of your teeth.
Avoid harsh brushing because it can harm both your gums and your teeth.
Make sure that you use the same method of brushing all over your teeth.
Make sure that 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. This helps eliminate bacteria from your mouth.
Brush your teeth for two minutes.
Our dentist recommends flossing at least once every day, however it is best to floss each time after you brush your teeth. Flossing regularly will make sure that your professional teeth cleaning and polishing results last longer.
The flossing strip should be about 18 inches long to properly floss your teeth.
Hold the strip tightly. The best way to do this is to wind it around the middle fingers of both of your hands.
Always begin flossing from the top of the teeth and then move to the bottom.
Use your index finger to put the strip between your teeth. Avoid pushing hard because that can harm your gums.
Use the clean part of the floss strip for every other tooth.
Proper mouth rinsing helps remove any debris left after the regular teeth cleaning.
It is best to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to keep it fresh and free from bacteria.
Select a mouthwash that is both antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities and other issues.
You can rinse before or after you begin cleaning your teeth.
Make sure you gargle with your mouthwash for around 30 seconds to benefit from it.
Regular visits to our dental office can help you maintain optimal oral health. Receiving an expert teeth cleaning can help eliminate any plaque accumulation that can’t be removed with regular brushing. Have your teeth cleaned by our dentist to improve your oral health and to brighten your smile.
To schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning with our dentist, call us at 904-292-1002 or visit our office today. Our team is available to answer all of your questions.