Everything You Need to Know About Teeth Cleaning and Its Aftercare
Below you will find what the professional teeth cleaning entails.
What to Expect From Teeth Cleaning at our Dental Office
The teeth cleaning process by our dentist follows a series of simple steps. These include the effective removal of bacteria and other problems from your teeth and gums. The steps are as follows:
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, dental procedures previously 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 health of your teeth and look for any signs of tooth decay, cavities and gum problems. In case of a dental problem, more tests will be suggested by our dentist.
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 move on to the smaller deposits.
Cleaning and Brushing of the Teeth
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 and this will remove any leftover tartar and plaque on your teeth.
Teeth Polishing and Flossing of the Teeth
Next, our dentist will floss your teeth and polish them to make them smooth and sparkling. Our dentist may use a paste similar to a toothpaste for this process. Once your teeth are polished, they will be flossed.
Rinse and Fluoride Application to the teeth
Your mouth will receive a final rinsing to eliminate leftover residue from the teeth cleaning. Our dentist will begin applying fluoride on your teeth for added protection. This will assist in fighting off cavities, germs and other diseases for a longer duration.
Suggested Treatments and Follow Appointment
Once the teeth cleaning is completed, our dentist may suggest further dental treatments depending on the current condition of your oral health. Additional dental tests and examinations might be required before a proper treatment plan is recommended.
What is Teeth Cleaning
Teeth cleaning process is done 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. It not only detects and prevents problems early on, but also leaves you with a brighter smile.
Teeth cleaning by a professional is important because of the following reasons:
Protection against Tooth Decay
Cavities damage the enamel that protects your teeth. Plaque is a colorless film formed by bacteria when the gums and teeth are neglected. This plaque buildup gradually results in cavities and tooth decay, but can be prevented and treated by our dentist with the proper teeth cleaning process.
Preventing Tooth Loss
Unfortunately, the possibility of tooth loss, plaque and gum disease only rises as we age. The bacteria in our mouths builds up and increases, causing the enamel to disintegrate and eventually causing tooth loss. Additionally, possibilities of plaque penetrating into the tooth or gums can cause further damage, such as bone damage to the jaw. Luckily, scheduling frequent teeth cleaning with our dentist, along with following a proper regime, can help prevent these issues.
Detection and Prevention of Gum Diseases
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 and requires professional cleaning. The more tartar and plaque are left untreated, the more damage your teeth will experience. Your gums may even develop gingivitis, a gum disease.
Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visiting our dental office, it should be ongoing. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to ensure your good oral health. Once you have your teeth cleaning done, it is important that you follow the aftercare advice and suggestions by our dentist.
Here are some tips that can help you in improving 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 as it can be harmful for both your gums and teeth.
Ensure that the same method of brushing is done all over your teeth.
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 forward sweeping motion. This helps in eliminating the bacteria from the mouth.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes.
Our dentist recommends the use of dental floss at least once every day, however it is best to floss each time after you brush your teeth. Flossing regularly will help in ensuring your professional teeth cleaning and polishing processes last longer.
The flossing strip should be about 18-inch long to properly floss your teeth.
Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around your middle fingers of both hands.
Always begin flossing from the top of the teeth and then move to the bottom.
Utilize your index finger to put the strip between your teeth. Avoid pushing hard as it can harm your gums.
Use the clean part of the floss strip for every other teeth.
Proper mouth rinse is needed to remove any debris left after the regular teeth cleaning.
It is best to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria free.
Opt for a mouthwash which is both antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities and other issues.
You can rinse after or even before you begin cleaning your teeth.
Make sure you gargle with your mouthwash for around 30 seconds to benefit from it.
Regular visits to the dental office are recommended to prevent any possible dental complications. Receiving an expert teeth cleaning can help to eliminate any plaque accumulation that can’t be removed from regular brushing. Get your teeth cleaned by our dentist to improve your oral health and retain a lovely smile.
Call us now for an appointment or come to our office today 618-985-4200. Our dentist is readily available for you and will respond to any queries you might have.