What to Expect: Teeth Cleaning and its Aftercare
What to Expect From Teeth Cleaning at our Dental Office?
The teeth cleaning process by our dentist follows a series of simple steps to effectively remove bacteria and other problems from your teeth and gums. The steps are as follows:
Suggested Treatments and Scheduling Your Next Appointment With Our Dentist
Once the teeth cleaning has been completed, our dentist may suggest additional dental treatments you may need depending on the current condition of your mouth. Additional dental tests and examinations may be required before a proper treatment plan is established depending on your dental issues.
Removing the Tartar and Plaque from your 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 tarter and plaque will be eliminated first and then our dentist will move on to the smaller deposits. If you haven’t had teeth cleaning done at a dentist office for a long time then this process may take longer than usual.
Cleansing and Brushing of your 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 be conducted. Your teeth will be cleaned using a high quality brush and this will remove any leftover tartar and plaque on your teeth.
Consultation with Our Dentist and Oral Examination
Your appointment 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. 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 diseases. In case of a dental problem, more tests will be recommended by our dentist.
Rinse and Fluoride Application of your 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.
Teeth Polishing and Flossing
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 tooth paste for this process. Once your teeth are polished, they will be flossed.
What is Teeth Cleaning?
The teeth cleaning process is conducted 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. This happens when the gums and teeth are not properly cared for and bacteria starts to gather up to form a colorless and sticky film known as plaque. If not immediately taken care of, this plaque buildup gradually results in cavities and tooth decay. This can be prevented and treated by our dentist through the teeth cleaning process.
Detection and Prevention of Gum Diseases
Gum disease damages the bone and gums that keep your teeth in place. If the plaque buildup 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 will start to swell up, turn red and bleed – this is the precursor of gingivitis, a gum disease.
What to Do After the Cleaning?
Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visit to 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:
The recommended frequency of flossing by our dentist is at least once every day. It is best to floss every time after you brush your teeth. Here are some useful tips for flossing:
The flossing strip should be about 18-inches 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.
Flossing regularly will help in ensuring your professional teeth cleaning and polishing stays longer.
Teeth Brushing Tips
Our dentist suggests brushing your teeth twice a day to protect your teeth. Following are useful tips to brush your teeth effectively:
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 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 at least 2 minutes.
Appropriate mouth wash is required to eliminate any remains left after the regular teeth cleaning. It is paramount to wash your mouth with mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria free. Choose a mouthwash, which is both antibacterial and contains fluoride to avoid cavities and further concerns:
You can wash afterwards or even before you begin cleaning your teeth.
Make sure you swish your chosen mouthwash for around 30 seconds to maximize the benefit from it.
A strong set of teeth and healthy gums can only be attained through effective oral maintenance. Regular brushing and flossing is required to provide maximum safety for your teeth against plaque, gum infections and tooth decay.
Receiving an expert teeth cleaning can help in eliminating any plaque accumulation that can’t be removed from regular brushing. Regular visits to the dental office are recommended to identify any possible dental complications. Get your teeth cleaned by our dentist to improve your oral health and maintain a gorgeous smile.
Call us now at 309-836-6688 for an appointment or come to our office today. Our dentist is readily available for you and will respond to any question you may have.