Helping you maintain healthy teeth & gum
This is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease as your oral health can be closely monitored and any disease can by treated in the early stages.
What is the role of professional teeth cleanings?
The main role of dental hygienic visit is the prevention and treatment of gum disease, one of the primary causes of tooth loss for adults in Ireland. Gum disease is a very common condition and at some point in life most people will suffer from the milder from of gingivitis. Preventing the build-up of plaque plays a vital role in oral hygiene. Dental Hygienic Treatments are the number one solution for that.
Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up on the teeth over time. If the tartar is allowed to accumulate on the teeth it will unfortunately provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. This chalky substance will eventually build up over time, like limescale in a pipe or kettle, making your gum bleed, sore and infected. Usually it is tooth colored and can easily be mistaken as part of the teeth, but it also can vary from brown to black in color. If any of these happen to your teeth then it could lead to you loosing a tooth or even several teeth.
Also if you are not cleaning your teeth thoroughly enough, food particles and plaque can be trapped between your teeth, and minerals can build into it forming tartar. This is why it is very important to floss, not only brush your teeth.
The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them . Dental hygienic cleaning removes tartar that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine tooth brushing. And, it will help to prevent gum disease.
A scale and polish can leave your teeth feeling nice and smooth, which is nice when you run your tongue around them.
Step 1: A Physical Exam
Before the actual cleaning process begins,our dentist or hygienist start with a physical exam of your entire mouth. We use a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other potential concerns.
Step 2: Removing Plaque and Tartar
With the small mirror to guide them, we use a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around the gum line, as well as in between the teeth. You’ll hear scraping, but this is normal! The more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time is needed to scrape a particular spot.
Step 3: Polishing or cleaning with Prophyflex
After the scaling,o nce all the surfaces are smooth we will polish the tooth with a prophyflex device (a polish powder in combination with high water pressure provided by this appliance will be blown on the tooth) or a special tooth paste using a motorized soft rubber cup. Professional cleanings use toothpaste that smells and tastes like regular toothpaste, however it has a gritty consistency that gently scrubs your teeth.
Step 4: Expert Flossing
Whether you floss regularly at home or not, nothing beats an expert flossing session! Your dentist or hygienist can get deep in between your teeth and locate any potential trouble spots where you might bleed at the gums.This might seem pointless if you floss at home, but having a professional floss your teeth also removes any leftover plaque or toothpaste from steps two and three.
Step 5: Rinse!
Next, you rinse out your mouth to get rid of any debris.
Whether you need any additional steps or not, the key is to keep going back to the hygienist for regular teeth cleanings to prevent problems altogether. By understanding what’s going on in advance, you’ll feel more at ease — and maybe even look forward to these important appointments!
- Minimized risk of tooth loss.
- Unhealthy & swollen gums have been linked to higher chance of stroke and heart attack therefore professional cleanings can reduce risk.
- Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings.
- Fresh minty breath.
- Prevent or minimize dental complications for diabetes.
- Remove stains
- Save money: Prevention is less expensive than cure.
Kavo PROPHYflex Polishing System & The Pophylaxis paste
In our clinic we also use the innovative so-called KAVO Prophyflex device which is an air polishing system for removal of stains and bacterial plaque, cleaning of enamel surfaces prior to fissure sealing.
- It is effectively used to remove stains and plaque from: discoloration from tea and coffee, tobacco stains.
- In aesthetic dentistry cleaning teeth before whitening allows the natural tooth color be precisely determined.
- The bicarbonate powder, water and air mixture removes various accretions and discolorations from the tooth.
- Before placing braces on your teeth, you will need a check-up for decay or gum problems along with a scale and polish.
The teeth can also be given a polish with an abrasive paste to make them smooth and to prevent plaque from adhering to the teeth using a slow speed handpiece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. The Pophylaxis paste – a special gritty toothpaste-like material – is scooped up like ice cream into the cup and spun around on the teeth to make them shiny smooth.
This treatment takes approximately. 25-45 minutes.
Most people find that cleanings are painless and feeling some tickling vibrations, the cooling mist of water, and the feeling of pressure during “scraping” – do not cause discomfort. A lot of patients even report that they enjoy cleanings and the lovely smooth feel of their teeth afterwards.
Generally it is recommended to get your teeth professionally cleaned in every 6 months.