Many people don’t realize how much time, money and stress they will save in the long term by simply getting professional dental cleaning done every year.
We know it can be inconvenient and uncomfortable to come to the dentist. But our professional teeth cleaning services can save you from coming back for more serious problems. Regular appointments can even save lives by detecting early signs of oral cancer.
If you are already brushing and flossing every day, you’re on the right track. But even if your home care routine is perfect, it is impossible to remove all debris and bacteria from gum pockets. Our Thornhill dentist, hygienist and advanced equipment can spot potentially damaging debris buildup
Getting professional teeth cleaning will help you with the following:
- Prevent gum disease that can lead to tooth loss
- Detect early signs of oral cancer during a routine dental cleaning session
- Remove the stains that dull and discolor your teeth so you will have a brighter smile
- See any signs of broken fillings and fractures
- Reduce the chances of developing periodontal disease, infections of the structures around the teeth, including the gums
Save yourself the stress of dealing with serious dental issues in the future by simply coming for routine teeth cleaning.
Problems Plaque Causes
Plaque can form on and between your teeth in as little as four hours after you have brushed your teeth. The bacteria in plaque are the main causes of periodontal disease. If plaque isn’t removed properly, it can cause bleeding gums that may be swollen, tender and sore.
Regular brushing and flossing prevents plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. If plaque is left for a long time, it begins to harden on and between the teeth as well as under the gums. Once it has hardened, it can’t be removed from regular brushing and flossing. Professional teeth cleaning is needed to take out the tartar buildup.
Researchers have found links between gum disease and other health problems including:
- Heart disease: gum disease can increase the risk of clogged arteries
- Diabetes: diabetic patients with periodontal disease may have more trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetic patients with healthy gums
- Respiratory disease: Bacteria that causes gum disease may cause lung infections or worsen lung conditions
Daily brushing and flossing in addition to getting regular dental cleaning every year is the ideal way to keep plaque under control and prevent all of these dental problems.
What Happens During Dental Cleaning?
Many people know the drill whenever they come for professional dental cleaning. But not everyone understands what exactly is done and why. Here is the general process of what happens during an appointment:
A physical exam
Most teeth cleaning is done by a dental hygienist who examines your mouth to check for signs of inflamed gums (gingivitis) and other potential problems. If they find any major problems, they might ask the dentist to take a look.
Remove plaque and tartar
Our dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar around the gum line as well as between your teeth. Skipping dental cleaning allows plaque to build up faster. The more tartar that is in your mouth, the more time they will need to scrape a spot.
Thorough toothpaste clean
Once your teeth are totally free of tartar, our hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric brush with a gritty toothpaste that gently scrubs your teeth.
Even if you floss every day, our hygienist can get deep between your teeth and find any trouble spots where you might bleed at the gums. The hygienist will also remove leftover plaque or toothpaste during the teeth cleaning process.
Applying fluoride treatment
After your rinse your mouth with liquid fluoride, the last step of the teeth cleaning process is to apply fluoride to help your teeth fight cavities for a few months. The hygienist will place a gel into the mouthpiece that fits over your teeth. Once this is done, the fluoride will harden.
For the best results, it is best to come visit our office twice a year for regular checkups.