What is professional Hygiene and why would I need it?
Even the most regimented brushing and flossing routine occasionally need a helping hand. Teeth cleaning (also known as prophylaxis, literally a preventive treatment of a disease) is a procedure for the removal of tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult or hard to reach.
Performed by one of our professional and experienced Dental Hygienists, professional cleaning at ARC Dental, includes tooth scaling and polishing, debridement if too much tartar has accumulated, and a routine examination to check the health of your gums and teeth. This will involve the use of various instruments or devices to check your teeth and loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric brush which achieves a deep clean and removes any tartar left behind from the scaler. He or she will floss your teeth to remove any leftover plaque or toothpaste. ARC Dental Clinic utilizes the AIR-FLOW® system to remove stubborn stains and naturally brighten your teeth for a healthier looking smile.
Have often should I have it done?
Combined with daily brushing and flossing, most dentists and dental hygienists recommend having the teeth professionally cleaned every six months to help prevent cavities and gum disease. However, more frequent cleaning and check-ups may be needed if you are being treated for gum disease or other dental issues. ARC Dental Clinic suggests having a routine check-up at least once a year.
After the teeth cleaning is completed, the Dentist Hygienist will advise you about when you should get your next professional teeth cleaning, which you may schedule before leaving.
Caring for your teeth shouldn’t stop after a visit to our Clinic. Your dentist will suggest ways to ensure your good oral health. Here are some tips that can help you maintain the results of your teeth cleaning:
Teeth Brushing Tips
- Avoid harsh brushing, as it can be harmful for both your gums and teeth.
- Ensure that the same method of brushing is done throughout the brushing routine.
- Make sure you brush the back of your teeth.
- Always brush your tongue, which this helps reduce the bacteria in your mouth.
- Brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes.
- Wrap about 18 inches of floss around your two middle fingers.
- Tightly hold the dental floss with your thumbs and pointer finger and gently insert it between the teeth.
- Position the dental floss around the side of the tooth in a ‘C’ shape.
- Move the floss up and down against the sides of each tooth.
- Repeat on the next tooth with a fresh section of the floss until each tooth has been cleaned.
Flossing regularly is just as important as brushing, so don’t underestimate this step in your oral routine.
A proper mouth rinse is needed to remove any debris left after brushing your teeth. Your dentist recommends an antiseptic mouthwash be used once or twice every day in order to eliminate bacteria from your mouth and further protect it from plaque and tartar.
- You can rinse before or after you brush your teeth.
- Swish your preferred mouthwash for around 30 seconds to fully benefit from it.
A healthy set of teeth and strong gums can only be achieved through effective oral care. Regular brushing and flossing are needed to provide maximum protection for your teeth against plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to enhance your oral health and maintain a beautiful smile.