If you thought oral hygiene meant brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once, and probably using a mouthwash to ensure any bad odour is removed like they show in the commercials, then you are mistaken. Teeth are a very integral part of one’s life and can decay if not given due amount of care and protection.
According to the American Dentistry Association (ADA), every person must look after their oral health just as how they take care of general health. A visit to the Henderson dentist twice a year is a must and a professional dental cleaning is also recommended during both visits.
Those who regularly brush their teeth and follow proper flossing methods will find their dental cleaning session very easy. Whereas, those who don’t follow a strict oral hygiene regime at home can be in for a very troubling session at the dentist with great discomfort caused by sensitivity in the teeth.
A dental cleaning can involve the following:
Dental cleanings include removal of plaque and tartar deposited on the teeth. Interestingly, whilst the saliva in the mouth nourishes the teeth with required calcium and other important substances, it becomes bad over a period of time. Anything in excess not being good applies here too. Saliva tends to create a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth. This build up increases over time, and although is usually tooth coloured; it can also vary in colour from brown to black.
This is trouble for oral health as the build-up of calcium creates a haven for bacteria to thrive which in turn creates problems ranging from bad odour to gum infections. This is why dental cleanings are a must as it eliminates the environment that allows bacteria to breed and makes the surface of teeth clean and smooth.
Dental cleaning is actually termed prophylaxis which comes from Greek word meaning “prevention beforehand”.
While it is important get an appointment with your Henderson dentist twice a year for dental cleaning, it becomes useful to understand what the different types of dental cleaning are:
Scaling and polishing procedures to remove coronal plaque, calculus and stains.
Removal of subgingival and/or supragingival plaque and colculus that obstructs the ability to perform an oral evaluation.
Instrumentation of the crown and root surfaces of the teeth to remove plaque and calculus from these surfaces.
For patients who have completed periodontal treatment and include removal of the bacterial flora form crevices and pocket areas, scaling and polishing of the teeth.