Regular professional cleanings are a great way to ensure continuous dental health. Daily brushing and flossing is essentially for a healthy mouth and can keep cavities and gum disease at bay. However, professional cleanings make sure all those hard to reach places are cleaned and do not become the site of plaque build up.
Patients who neglect their daily dental care run the risk of plaque building up on their teeth. Plaque is a transparent film that forms over teeth when bacteria, food particles and saliva mix. If it is not removed, the bacteria can grow and form an even harder plaque, called tartar.
Tartar can not be removed by normal brushing and allows the bacteria to produce acids that harm our teeth, causing small holes called cavities and further decay. A patient would then have to have a professional dental cleaning to remove the decay and stop it from completely destroying the tooth.
However, at Wright Family Dental, we believe in using preventative measures so the trouble of cavities can become a thing of the past. Therefore, sticking to regular checkups, cleanings and a daily care regime means that plaque build up should never be a worry.
The regular cleaning procedure begins with a physical exam to determine whether the patient is showing any signs of cavities or gum disease, and to determine whether it is safe to proceed with the cleaning. Plaque and tartar is removed from below the gum line with a scaler, a dental tool. This process is called tooth scaling. Your teeth will then be brushed with a gritty toothpaste and a high powered toothbrush to scrub and polish the rest of your teeth. The dental hygienist will then give your teeth an expert floss, which will remove any leftover plaque or toothpaste. Your mouth will be rinsed out and a flouride treatment will be applied to your teeth to protect them against cavities for the next few months. The treatment is a foamy gel that is placed in a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth. A fluoride varnish is also applied to the teeth after the gel treatment, which quickly hardens so you are able to eat and drink after the procedure.