You may think you don’t need to see the dentist because you take good care of your teeth at home and eat the right foods. However, even the best dental care requires regular visits to the dentist. A toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss can only do so much to keep your teeth clean. Dentists and hygienists use professional tools to keep your teeth healthy and sparkly. They use powerful brushes and gritty toothpaste to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
If left untreated, a film develops on your teeth, causing bacteria to multiply. This can lead to cavities, which are decayed areas of the teeth. It can also lead to serious conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. By visiting your dentist’s office every six months for a cleaning, you can prevent these issues from occurring. The hygienist will work to make your teeth as clean and healthy as possible.
A dental cleaning helps remove plaque, which is a sticky film on your teeth. If this film is not removed in a timely manner, it hardens, leading to tartar.
The dentist or hygienist will use various tools to remove plaque and tartar gently and effectively without harming your teeth. One such tool is an ultrasonic instrument, which gently vibrates to remove tartar from teeth. Once the tartar is loosened, it sprays water to wash away the debris.
Scalers are also used on each tooth to remove smaller areas of plaque and tartar. Once the teeth are smooth, a gritty toothpaste is placed on a polisher to deep clean the teeth. The polisher also makes teeth smooth and shiny. Any fillings and crowns will be cleaned. If you have dentures, the hygienist will clean those as well.
You may notice that your hygienist will also use a tiny mirror to look at the entire mouth. This mirror allows the hygienist to look at the hard-to-reach places in your mouth and look for any inflammation, tartar or decay. These issues are common in the back of the mouth, where it is often difficult to brush and floss teeth thoroughly.
As part of the cleaning, your dentist may recommend fluoride and/or sealants. These both strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. While children are more likely to get these services, adults who are prone to cavities may opt for them as well. After the cleaning, the hygienist will discuss your hygiene habits and make any recommendations. They may offer advice about cleaning, nutrition and bad habits, such as alcohol use or smoking.
While it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, nothing beats a professional cleaning by your dental hygienist. You should schedule cleanings a minimum of twice a year for optimal oral health.
Are your teeth feeling gross? It may be time for a cleaning. Dr. Monica Gobran and her team of hygienists can keep your teeth clean, shiny and healthy. Schedule an appointment today by calling our office at (508) 753-3200. You can also fill out the online form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!