Annual teeth cleanings are very important to your oral health. Along with routine oral care, a professional teeth cleaning helps to remove and prevent harmful bacteria from lurking in your teeth and gums. When you practice good oral care with daily brushing and flossing, you prevent plaque from colonizing on your teeth that damage your tooth enamel. At Copperstone Dental we want to help keep your teeth plaque free!
Teeth Cleaning Procedure
A professional teeth cleaning consists of four simple steps your hygienist will take to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.
- Dental Exam: Before a scheduled cleaning, your dental hygienist will perform an exam to check your teeth for signs of gingivitis or other potential issues. This is done with a specialized mirror that allows the hygienist to check hard to see areas, such as behind the front teeth and near the back molars. If no issues are detected, your hygienist will continue with the cleaning.
- Plaque Removal: Your hygienist will use a specialized tool to gently remove plaque and tartar in between your teeth and around the gum line
- Teeth Cleaning: Once your teeth have been cleared, your teeth will be brushed with a gritty toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to remove any lurking bacteria. The grittiness of the toothpaste provides a gentle scrub to thoroughly clean your teeth, while providing a quality tooth polish. If done correctly, this helps to restore the natural color of your teeth without damaging the enamel.
- Flossing: After the brushing is complete, your hygienist will use a thick floss to remove any remaining bacteria left in the gums.
Fluoride treatment is a type of gel or paste used as a protective shield to help prevent cavities. After your cleaning, your hygienist will coat the gel on your teeth and leave for about one minute, then rinse out with a diluted mouth rinse.
It is inevitable that plaque causing bacteria will begin to form within 48 hours after a teeth cleaning, which is why it’s important to practice good oral health care. Brushing twice a day and flossing once per day, or after each meal, will help to keep your teeth healthy and tartar free!
Start improving your dental health today by scheduling a professional teeth cleaning with Dr. Huft. We want to help you on your journey to excellent oral health!