Regular professional cleanings and proper dental hygiene at home are essential to good oral health and to keeping your teeth beautiful. Teeth cleanings are a basic part of dental care for adults and children alike, and they enable us to spot problems in their earliest stages. Smile-Hub offers professional dental cleanings to all of their patients as part of their comprehensive dentistry services.
Good dental hygiene should start in early childhood, as soon as teeth start coming in. Dr. Essack will teach your child how to brush and floss properly, and he will keep reinforcing these lessons during repeat visits. Dr. Essack makes his young patients feel right at home, he will teach your children how to care for their teeth and explain why dental hygiene is important in a way that is meaningful and easy to understand.
Dental hygiene is not just for children. Maintaining good dental hygiene as an adult will help you preserve your oral health and keep your teeth beautiful for years to come. We will instruct you on how to choose the safest and most effective products for your teeth so that you can avoid abrasive toothpastes and harsh brushes that can actually damage your teeth and gums.
Having your teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis prevents tartar build up and keeps your teeth their whitest and brightest. Regular cleanings help us keep an eye on your oral health. Dr. Essack can detect problems in their very early stages and nip them in the bud so they do not develop into serious damage requiring expensive treatments.
Professional teeth cleaning can accomplish more than you can do at home with regular brushing and flossing. Preventing tartar build up helps protect you from gum irritation, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Step 1: A Physical Exam
Most teeth cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they start with a physical exam of your entire mouth. The dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other potential concerns. If major problems are detected, they might call the dentist to make sure it’s okay to proceed.
Step 2: Removing Plaque and Tartar
With the small mirror to guide them, the dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around the gum line, as well as in between the teeth. You’ll hear scraping, but this is normal! The more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time is needed to scrape a particular spot. We brush and floss to stop plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. Once you have tartar, you can only remove it at the dentist’s office. So if this is your least favorite part of the teeth cleaning process, the lesson is to brush and floss more often!
Step 3: Gritty Toothpaste Cleaning
After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric brush. They make that infamous grinding noise. While it sounds scary, it’s a great way to get a deep clean and remove any tartar left behind from the scaler. Professional cleanings use toothpaste that smells and tastes like regular toothpaste, though you can often choose between flavors. However, it has a gritty consistency that gently scrubs your teeth. This occasional polishing of the teeth is deemed safe at the dentist’s office twice a year. But don’t be so harsh with your teeth at home, as you’ll wear down the enamel.
Step 4: Expert Flossing
Whether you floss regularly at home or not, nothing beats an expert flossing session! Your dental hygienist can get deep in between your teeth and locate any potential trouble spots where you might bleed at the gums. This might seem pointless if you floss at home, but having a professional floss your teeth also removes any leftover plaque or toothpaste from steps two and three.
Step 5: Rinse!
Next, you rinse out your mouth to get rid of any debris. Your dental hygienist will usually use a rinse that contains liquid fluoride.
Step 6: Fluoride Treatment
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. Your dental hygienist will ask you what flavor you like best. They’ll then place the foamy gel (or sometimes it is in the form of a sticky paste) into a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth. It’s usually left on your teeth for one minute.