PREVENTING GUM DISEASE
DENTAL HYGIENE SESSION
Teeth cleaning and dental hygiene is about keeping your teeth, mouth, and gums clean and healthy to avoid diseases. Good oral health is an essential part of your overall health. Poor oral hygiene leads to cavities, gum disease, oral diseases, and has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Teeth cleaning is essential to remove tooth plaque, which is a soft and sticky film that builds up on your teeth. It’s very sticky, colorless, yellow or sometimes brown.
Bacterial deposits are produced when saliva, food, and fluids are combined, and collected at the gum line. This bacteria will produce acids that attack the tooth enamel and can damage the gums. If these bacterial deposits from plaque are not removed through regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleaning, they can cause tooth decay, gum diseases, and tartar build up. That’s why it’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy, in order to avoid any dental complications and the need for expensive dental procedures.
Benefits of teeth cleaning
Teeth cleaning is an essential part of your dental hygiene routine. It removes dental plaque, and prevents tooth decay by scaling and planing the teeth. It’s recommended to clean your teeth twice a year.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
Dental cleaning sessions start with a physical exam of your mouth. Dentists or oral health professionals will check your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums). Second, a scaler will be used to get rid of plaque and tartar around the gum line, and between your teeth. After that, a high powered electric brush will be used to brush your teeth, to remove any tartar left behind from the scaler, followed by rinsing with a liquid fluoride. The last step of the cleaning process is using a fluoride protective for the teeth. This foamy gel or paste will be placed into a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth, and left for one minute. This is used to fight cavities for several months until your next dental appointment.
WHY HAVE YOUR TEETH CLEANED?
Professional dental cleaning is essential for your overall health. Poor dental health has been linked with serious medical disease such as heart disease, strokes, bone loss, cancer and diabetes. Over time, plaque will build up on your teeth. Eventually it will mineralize on your teeth and create tartar, which is a hard, yellow or brown deposit that is strongly bonded to your teeth. This will eventually cause cavities, and gum disease. This is why tartar can only be removed by dental cleaning. The acids in the plaque will remove minerals from your teeth enamel. This will cause tiny holes in the enamel. Once the acid spreads into the dentin layer under the enamel, the cavity forms. Dental cleaning will remove stains that discolor your teeth, leaving you with a brighter smile.
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