Professional teeth cleaning
Why should I have my teeth cleaned by a dentist?
Professional teeth cleaning is an important step in preventive care. The dentist or a trained dental hygienist carries out a mechanical cleaning that goes far beyond what can be achieved with a daily dental cleaning routine. Getting a professional teeth cleaning is very important because plaque and tartar will otherwise accumulate in inaccessible areas of the teeth and can cause diseases. To prevent this from happening, it is essential to combine at-home dental care with professional teeth cleaning.
Why is plaque dangerous?
Plaque is the result of leftover food stuck in teeth that serves as a food source for billions of bacteria. The acid resulting from fermentation due to the bacteria’s metabolic processes damages the teeth and gums. If the plaque is not thoroughly removed, tea, coffee or cigarettes will turn it darker and it can no longer be removed using just a toothbrush. Furthermore, minerals from saliva accumulate on plaque on teeth, causing it to harden into tartar.
This damaging plaque is the main cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontitis. Therefore, you should allow your dentist to thoroughly clean your teeth every six months, thus laying the foundation for having long-lasting natural teeth that you can enjoy.
What to expect during a professional teeth cleaning
First, your mouth, gums and teeth are thoroughly examined to determine plaque buildup and any bleeding tendencies. Then the actual cleaning begins, in which first the tartar on the surfaces and in between the teeth is removed. Stains from tea, coffee or tobacco are removed next, followed by soft deposits from the surface of the teeth, the interdental spaces and - if present - from the gum pockets. Small brushes and dental floss are usually used for this purpose. Once this has been done, the teeth are polished, making them smoother and less prone to new plaque forming. This will make brushing your own teeth easier and more effective. Finally, the surface of the tooth should be treated with a special fluoride varnish that makes the enamel more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria.
What can I personally do to protect my teeth?
Having healthy teeth and healthy gums starts with the daily attention and care you give them. They should be brushed with a toothbrush at least twice a day and the spaces between the teeth should be cleaned several times a week with dental floss and/or interdental brushes. A balanced and healthy diet should be a matter of course, as should the check-ups twice a year with your dentist, who has the know-how to answer any of your questions.