Sometimes, it is the simple things we do that are the most effective. This is true of teeth cleaning which helps keep teeth squeaky clean and healthy. However, your teeth cleaning routine at home should be supplemented with teeth cleaning at the dentist. At Thomas Family Dentistry we offer professional teeth cleaning as part of a preventive care regime to keep your dental health in fantastic condition.
Most of us are aware of the importance of brushing teeth for two minutes twice daily, as well as flossing in between our teeth to remove food particles and debris that do not get removed with brushing. However, this isn’t enough, and you should also be making regular visits to the dentist as often as we recommend.
Our teeth are under constant attack from sugary, starchy food and drinks. Regular brushing helps remove the sticky film (plaque) that accumulates on the teeth and around the gums, but plaque may still build up if not removed regularly enough. Plaque hardens into tartar (calculus) which is often found at the back of the bottom teeth, particularly around the gum line. This provides a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive in, and the acid they produce erodes tooth enamel and irritates gums, causing tooth decay and gum disease.
What Is the Process for Teeth Cleaning at the Dentist’s?
Teeth cleaning is painless and straightforward, although if you have not had the procedure before it is natural to be apprehensive if you do not know what is going to happen. Here is what a typical visit for teeth cleaning entails:
A Physical Examination
One of our dental hygienists will perform the dental cleanings, but before that, you will see the dentist for a consultation and physical examination of your mouth. You will be asked about any oral health concerns and the dentist will check your mouth before sending you to the hygienist.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
The hygienist uses hand tools and other equipment to remove the tartar build-up from around your gumline and in between your teeth. If you have regular teeth cleanings, the tartar build-up is likely to be minimal and will not take very long. However, if it has been some time since your last tooth cleaning then it will likely take longer than usual because there will be more tartar to remove.
Gritty Toothpaste Cleaning
Once the teeth are tartar-free, the hygienist uses a high-powered electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste to scrub the teeth and make the surfaces smooth and polished. This not only makes your teeth feel and look clean but prevents bacteria from sticking to the surface of the teeth.
Once the cleaning is complete, you will be asked to rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove any debris and particles.
The last step is to apply fluoride to your teeth which helps to protect teeth. This is in the form of a foamy gel, sticky paste or varnish that is painted onto the teeth.
How Often Should I have Professional Teeth Cleaning?
Talk to the dentist about how often you should schedule your teeth cleanings. For most people, twice a year should be sufficient, but if you have gum disease they may be as often as every 3 months.
Contact us by calling 971-348-4244 to find out more about professional teeth cleanings at Thomas Family Dentistry.