Professional Teeth Cleaning and Aftercare
What is a Teeth Cleaning?
The teeth cleaning process is completed by our dentist using various tools to eliminate tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. This process is also essential to detect and correct oral health issues like gingivitis and cavities. Some of the benefits of a professional teeth cleaning include:
- Protection Against Tooth Decay: Plaque is a colorless film formed by bacteria on the teeth. This plaque buildup gradually results in cavities if not removed, which damage the enamel that protects your teeth. Regularly scheduled teeth cleanings can protect your teeth from tooth decay by removing plaque from places you might have missed when brushing and flossing.
- Detection and Prevention of Gum Disease: Gum disease damages the bone and gums that keep your teeth in place. If plaque buildup is left unattended, it hardens and turns into tartar, which can’t be removed through regular brushing and requires a professional cleaning. When plaque and tartar aren't removed, you may notice your gums are swollen, red, tender and even bleed when brushing and flossing. This is a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
What to Expect from a Teeth Cleaning at our Dental Office
The teeth cleaning process by our dentist follows a series of simple steps to effectively remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums.
- Consultation with Our Dentist and Oral Examination: Your appointment will start with a quick consultation with our dentist. You will be asked about your dental history, prior dental procedures, your last teeth cleaning, and your current teeth or gum problems. Our dentist will also conduct an oral exam to determine your teeth's present condition and look for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Tartar and Plaque Removal: After the oral examination, our dentist will begin by removing tartar and plaque from your teeth.
- Cleaning and Brushing: After eliminating tartar and plaque, our dentist will clean your mouth to get rid of any debris by gently brushing your teeth.
- Teeth Polishing and Flossing: Next, our dentist will polish your teeth to make them smooth and sparkling. A grainy paste, similar to regular toothpaste, is used for this process. After your teeth are polished, they will be flossed.
- Rinse and Fluoride Application: Your mouth will get a final rinse to eliminate leftover residue from the teeth cleaning and then our dentist will apply fluoride for added protection against cavities.
- Suggested Treatments and Follow-up Appointments: Once your teeth are clean, our dentist may suggest other dental treatments you may require depending on your present oral health.
What to Do After the Cleaning?
Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visit to our dental office; it should be ongoing. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to ensure you maintain good oral health. Once your teeth cleaning is complete, it's important to follow the aftercare recommendations made by the dentist. Here are some tips that can help improve your oral health:
Teeth Brushing Tips
Our dentist suggests brushing your teeth twice a day to protect your teeth.
- Keep the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush gently in small, circular motions.
- Avoid harsh brushing, as it can wear away your tooth enamel and harm your gums.
- Make sure you brush the back of both your top and bottom teeth.
- Always brush your tongue, as well as the top of your mouth, in a forward sweeping motion to eliminate bacteria from the mouth.
- Brush for a full 2 minutes.
Dentists recommend flossing at least once every day. Flossing regularly will help ensure the benefits of your professional teeth cleaning last longer.
- Use about 18 inches of floss each time.
- Wrap the floss around your middle fingers and use your index fingers to slide it between your teeth.
- Avoid pushing down too hard, as it can harm your gums.
- Use a clean part of the floss for every other tooth.
For an effective mouth rinse, select an antibacterial mouthwash that contains fluoride. This will freshen your breath and leave your mouth bacteria free. Properly rinsing your mouth is important to ensure all debris after brushing has been removed.
- Rinse after brushing your teeth for a full 30 seconds.
- Use after meals to wash away food particles and freshen breath.
Health teeth and gums can only be achieved through effective oral care. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to providing maximum protection against plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. Regular brushing is not enough to remove all the plaque buildup, however, which is why professional dental cleanings every six months are crucial.
Call us at today to schedule your teeth cleaning appointment or come to our office. Our dentist is readily available for you and will answer any questions you might have.