Cleaning and Scaling
Despite how good your daily oral hygiene routine is you still need professional dental cleanings twice a year.
What to expect from a professional dental cleaning
When you go to the dentist for a professional dental cleaning the first thing that will happen is the dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and the inside of your mouth.
- Once the exam is done, usually, the dental hygienist will then do a dental cleaning.
The cleaning will consist of the dental hygienist will scrape any tartar or plaque away from the teeth and gums.
Once the tartar and plaque have been removed the hygienist will use gritty toothpaste with a high powered electric dental brush to clean and polish the teeth. Twice a year with gritty toothpaste is enough since it can wear down your tooth enamel.
The next step of cleaning is a good flossing, and even though you floss daily this flossing can get into places you may not hit every day so it removes anything that has built up since your last cleaning.
The final step is to rinse and then a second rinse with a fluoride rinse to help strengthen your teeth. The fluoride treatment will last 2 to 3 months.
This is a good time to ask about new toothbrushes, toothpaste, flossing appliances, or mouthwashes and make sure you are brushing and flossing correctly.
Keeping your teeth clean at home
Using the correct type of toothbrush, brushing and flossing correctly will help keep your teeth clean at home as will a good mouth rinse that helps reduce tartar and plaque or contains fluoride.
If you are due for a dental cleaning make sure to get it done as it will help reduce the chance of gum disease and tooth decay.