Dental Hygiene Treatment
The dental cleaning procedure is not a big deal at all and we will make you feel comfortable when you visit our Beechview office. The process involves special tools that our dental hygienists/dentist use to ensure that the gums and teeth are cleaned as efficiently as possible.
A cleaning usually begins with the hygienist using an ultrasonic cleaning tool that causes vibrations on the teeth to assist in loosening plaque. The cleaner also utilizes a stream of water that is sprayed over the teeth to help remove the loosened plaque. Additional or significant build-up of plaque will then be removed manually with a scraping tool that will be used to gently scrape off deposits on the surface or between the teeth. This process may cause slight discomfort in some patients but an analgesic can be applied to help alleviate any sensitivity or pain.
Once all the plaque and tartar have been removed from the gums and teeth, the next step is brushing and polishing. The hygienist will apply a special cleanser to a rotating instrument to gently scrub the surface of the teeth and also polish them. After the polishing is complete, the hygienist will floss in between the teeth and may apply a fluoride solution to help protect, fortify, and strengthen the enamel.
There are a lot of different answers when it comes to how often you should get a professional teeth cleaning. Most dentists recommend 6 month intervals and some may even recommend 3 month intervals. The truth is that it depends on your dental health and even your overall health. If you are prone to developing gum disease or if you had gum disease in the past, more frequent cleanings may be necessary, as will be dictated by your dentist and hygienist. Brushing and flossing regularly are simply not enough to prevent the onset of serious dental issues. Save yourself the trouble (and expense) of a major dental problem in the future and schedule regular teeth cleaning appointments with us.
- Prevent cavities: The plaque that builds up on your teeth is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be easily removed by brushing, flossing daily and with regular dental cleanings.
- Stop tooth loss: Gum disease starts from built-up plaque on your teeth, which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease progresses, plaque moves further into on your teeth and gum line, where it can destroy the bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. However, the chances of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings and by keeping up good oral hygiene habits at home.
- Brighten your smile: Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave your teeth freshly polished. This results in you having a whiter, brighter smile.
- Boost your overall health: Many studies have shown a correlation between your oral health and your overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for diseases like heart disease and diabetes. There are some medical conditions that can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.
- Reduce bad breath: Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to keep persistent bad breath away. Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, getting a dental cleaning is a good way to keep your mouth healthy and odour-free.