Professional teeth and gum cleaning
Oral hygiene is a natural shine and pleasant freshness, an excellent way to improve teeth health and effective prevention of oral diseases. It is also the best way to get rid of the fear of the dentist's chair.
Many people are afraid of going to the dentist, but this fear is all associated with serious and complex procedures such as tooth extraction and root canal treatment. The best way to overcome your fear is regular preventive examinations and profhygiene. You’ll get used to the doctor and the dental chair. And most importantly, due to profhygiene, the risk of getting an acute toothache or the likelihood of serious intervention is minimized.
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- Do teeth need professional hygiene
- Benefits of professional oral hygiene
- When to undergo professional oral hygiene
- Professional hygiene stages
- Ultrasonic cleaning
- Teeth cleaning with Air Flow
- Fluoridation and remineralization
- Hygiene at home
Do teeth need professional hygiene
Professional oral hygiene is carried out even by those who heroically clean their teeth in the morning and in the evening, do the maximum and with the required duration, use dental floss. The thing is that there are still places in the oral cavity that are hard to reach for a regular brush, and hard dental deposits can only be removed by cleaning in the dentist’s office.
Hard-to-reach areas of the mouth require mandatory cleaning by the dentist. Otherwise, plaque accumulates there and a favorable environment is created for the vital activity of pathogenic bacteria. As a result, the so-called demineralization of enamel occurs – “washing out” of useful minerals from it – and caries begins to develop. Comprehensive hygiene prevents tooth decay – as well as gingivitis, periodontitis, periodontal disease, pulpitis. These diseases most often develop due to improper dental care, including neglect of professional cleaning at the dentist.
In addition to causing dental caries, plaque builds up over time, hardens and turns into tartar. Hard dental plaque often causes bad breath, inflammation, bleeding gums, damage to the tooth socket after tooth extraction, and subsequent loosening and tooth loss. Professional hygiene can get rid of tartar, as well as from soft plaque.
Benefits of professional oral hygiene
- Completely eliminate plaque and tartar.
- Prevents tissue destruction, enamel demineralization, development of diseases, premature tooth loss.
- It will help to detect problems that have gone unnoticed due to overflow and hard sediments. For example, the early stage of caries, when the disease can still be cured without filling and a drill.
- Save money on more complicated and long-term treatment, the cost of which would be much higher.
- Modern and precise equipment will be comfortable and safe.
When to undergo professional oral hygiene
Every curious person who cares about the health of his smile knows that it is recommended to carry out professional teeth cleaning at least once a year, and the optimal frequency is once every six months.
However, if the patient has dental diseases, bad habits, other indications or features, then the dentist will select an individual schedule for occupational hygiene. For example, patients with certain dental conditions, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, as well as general diseases such as diabetes, need to do oral hygiene more frequently.
Oral hygiene is carried out before any kind of manipulation: teeth whitening, caries treatment, braces installation, prosthetics, implantation and other types of dental care.
Professional cleaning is indicated for patients who are worried about bad breath, bleeding gums, or rapidly accumulating plaque on the teeth.
There are few contraindications for hygienic manipulations. These are mainly inflammatory diseases of the mucous membranes in the acute stage, for example, acute aphthous stomatitis, as well as viral diseases.
Professional hygiene stages
A visit to the dentist begins with a routine examination and interview. The dentition and gums are examined. During this time, the dentist identifies individual characteristics, excludes contraindications and selects the optimal hygiene procedures. The price of complex oral hygiene depends on the methods chosen, the materials used and the degree of pollution – the amount of plaque and calculus.
Ultrasonic cleaning is a powerful but non-traumatic way to get rid of hard dental plaque. This is the deep cleansing stage.
Ultrasonic vibrations and a stream of water cleanse even hard-to-reach areas of the oral cavity, and with their help tartar “crumbles” into small particles and is washed off the teeth. To do this, the dentist uses a compact device with a fine tip called a scaler.
In family dentistry “Your Dentist” ultrasound machine:
- Processes teeth and spaces between them.
- Removes hard dental plaque, including subgingival calculus.
- Removes pigmentation.
- The operation of the scaler is safe for the patient: unlike mechanical or chemical treatment of teeth, ultrasonic cleaning does not harm the tooth enamel and soft tissues. And at the same time it effectively copes with removing tartar and persistent plaque.
In the professional hygiene program of the Your Dentist clinic, ultrasonic cleaning is only halfway there. But already at this stage, you can achieve a lot:
- Dental stones and dense plaque are destroyed and washed away from the teeth.
- The subtidal dental deposits are also removed.
- The teeth are disinfected from negative microorganisms.
- The enamel is lightened to a semitone, up to the restoration of the natural, native color of the teeth.
Teeth cleaning with Air Flow
Putting the ultrasonic scaler aside, the dentist takes on the Air Flow. This is a device with a fine nozzle that treats teeth with a jet of air and water with a special powder. Air Flow removes plaque from teeth and interdental spaces, including stains like tea or coffee.
Brushing your teeth with Air Flow does not increase the sensitivity of your teeth and gums. Firstly, the device does not come into direct contact with the surface of the teeth, but only with the help of a jet, therefore it does not damage enamel or gums. This procedure does not harm the restored teeth and does not destroy the fillings.
Secondly, for the Air Flow procedure, a powder with fine particles and crystals is used, which grinds, polishes, but does not scratch the tooth surface. At the same time, soda is included in the powder for Air Flow, which has a slight whitening effect.
The Your Dentist clinic in Odessa uses Air Flow handpieces by the German manufacturer Kavo: such a handpiece acts as delicately and non-traumatically as possible, preventing the formation of microcracks, which is especially important for patients with thin tooth enamel and high sensitivity.
Fluoridation and remineralization
At this stage, the dentist starts mechanical cleaning of the teeth. A professional set of brushes and cleansing pastes is used, with the help of which the specialist finally levels and polishes the surface of the teeth.
After that, preparations with a high content of fluoride, minerals and beneficial strengthening substances are applied to the teeth. The enamel is remineralized – that is, the teeth are saturated with mineral components and strengthened. It is necessary to strengthen the teeth of an adult not only from the inside – that is, with vitamins and nutrition, but primarily from the outside – including with the help of remineralization at the dentist.
After cleaning, the gums may bleed a little and hurt, as evidenced by patient reviews. But this is a common phenomenon in professional cleaning, especially if the patient has a lot of plaque or has an inflamed gum. To relieve pain, your dentist will apply a soothing gel to your gums.
After professional hygiene, you should temporarily refrain from excessively cold or hot food, as well as coloring products such as red wine.
Hygiene at home
An obligatory stage of professional hygiene in the family “Your Dentist” is a consultation on care at home. The dentist will diagnose the condition of the enamel, identify weaknesses in home care. And then he will give recommendations on self-hygiene of the oral cavity: he will select individual means for balanced care and teach you how to properly care for your teeth.
On average, we brush our teeth for 82 days in our lifetime, according to the Oral Health Foundation.
Brushing your teeth is a routine, familiar procedure, and most patients feel they are doing quite well. In practice, this is far from always the case – this is why the dentist is connected, who will clearly explain with what movements to brush your teeth, why you should not neglect floss (dental floss), brushes, other additional hygiene products and why the brush is regularly changed. Simple rules prevent bacteria in the mouth from multiplying – and leading to diseases of the teeth and gums.
Frequently asked questions
You probably care about questions that other patients have already asked. Look through the answers to them, but if you still have doubts –
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- What is the difference between professional hygiene in children?
As a rule, tartar is practically not formed in childhood. This avoids ultrasonic cleaning. It, as the most aggressive of the methods, is not usen to children with milk teeth or newly erupted permanent teeth.
The procedure for children’s oral hygiene includes mechanical processing of teeth using hand tools and special pastes.
It must be remembered that milk teeth need treatment and care just as much as permanent ones. And the child needs regular preventive examination and professional hygiene.
- Can I have a professional teeth cleaning during pregnancy?
Professional hygiene can and should be done for pregnant patients at any time. During pregnancy, hormones change, the pH level in the oral cavity – due to toxicosis with constant vomiting, acidity increases. This can lead to accelerated formation of soft plaque and, as a result, to the development of caries. If a woman feels that the amount of soft plaque has increased greatly, and she cannot cope with it on her own, then it is worth contacting a dentist.
Another dental problem associated with changes in hormonal levels during pregnancy is gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. Poor oral hygiene makes it worse.
Dental care during pregnancy does not harm either the mother or the unborn child – despite common misconceptions. In contrast, some dental studies have found a link between adverse births — premature, low birth weight — and maternal periodontal disease.
- How long does complex oral hygiene take?
The duration of the procedure depends on the condition of the oral cavity, the individual characteristics of the patient and is approximately 60 minutes.
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