Procedure

Teeth Cleaning- Dentistry

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Teeth cleaning is important in maintaining proper oral hygiene. Teeth cleaning involves brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and routine cleaning.  This oral routine will keep you away from cavity buildup, plaque, tartar, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

People with dental dentures also need tooth cleaning using dental cleaners.

What are the different procedures?

Brushing

A person needs to brush his or her teeth at two or three times a day to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up. This is the very first oral hygiene routine that we should teach our children. For people with strength or dexterity problems in their hands, an electric toothbrush is one of the solutions and has superior effect when it comes to cleaning than manual toothbrushing.

Flossing

Flossing is another way of deep-cleaning the areas of the teeth that the toothbrush cannot clean. It was found in one study that almost 80% of cavities occur in the grooves or pits and the fissures of the teeth surfaces.

There are also special oral care inventions as alternatives for toothbrushing and interdental cleaning. Examples are toothpicks, oral irrigators, and other devices.

Scrubbing

Scrubbing a twig instead of a toothbrush can also clean the teeth. Muslims  believe that scrubbing the teeth with twigs or roots can have antiseptic effects.

Which Doctor to Consult?

A dental hygienist is the specialist that can teach you about proper teeth cleaning.

What to expect during the procedure

Teeth cleaning can help treat oral problems. A prophylaxis is a medical procedure to remove hardened tartar that cannot be washed away by normal brushing or flossing.

A hygienist will explain to you the procedure, why it is needed, why your tooth becomes sensitive and why your gums are bleeding.

Pay attention to your back molars so that you can thoroughly clean them with proper brushing and flossing at home.

You will also get full instructions on how to properly brush and floss your teeth at home, so that you will have a disease-free and healthy mouth.

Post-operative care

The practical way to maintain good oral health and avoid gum disease is to properly clean your teeth at home.

To have  good oral hygiene:

  • Brush and floss your teeth after meals and before bedtime
  • Eat a well- balanced diet
  • Make an appointment with your dentist every 6 months and every 3 months is you have oral problems

Complications

Forceful and incorrect ways of brushing or flossing may cause sore gums, damage to tooth enamel, gingivitis, and bleeding gums. Ask your dentist about these risks.

References          

  • Know Before You Go: Teeth Cleanings. (2019). Retrieved from https://askthedentist.com/know-before-you-go-teeth-cleanings/
  • Teeth cleaning. (2019). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teeth_cleaning
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