Cleaning and Prevention
Dentistry is founded on the principle of prevention. Our patients who commit to regular preventive care present with significantly fewer problems over time. A professional cleaning removes hard plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It also involves a fluoride treatment and polish to help protect and soothe your teeth and gums. Even if you haven’t had a cleaning in a while, it’s never too late to treat your teeth.
Most teeth cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they will start asking you about your health history, followed by a physical exam of your entire mouth, necessary x-rays for diagnosis and follow-up will be taken.
The hygienist will then use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. The more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time they’ll need to work in a particular spot. After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric brush which makes a grinding noise and uses a professional toothpaste with a gritty consistency that gently scrubs your teeth. After these steps are completed, expert flossing is done followed by rinsing out your mouth to get rid of any debris. The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth to help fight against cavities for several months, fluoride is painted onto the teeth with a small brush.
What are some preventative measures I can take?
Brush with a fluoride toothpaste
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush after each meal
Floss daily before bedtime
Use an oral rinse after flossing
Avoid sugary foods, coffee, and tobacco