Dental Cleaning for Oral Health

Oral health is an important factor in our daily lives. Every year, millions of people go to their dentist for a checkup and professional dental cleaning.  This is because our overall health is related to our oral health. There is mounting evidence that a buildup of bacteria and/or plaque in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body, causing serious health problems.

It is recommended that you see your dentist twice a year for an overall checkup of your oral health as well as having your teeth professionally cleaned. If you don’t already have an appointment for your next visit, feel free to call us here at Country Dental in Cambridge, Fergus, and Toronto.

What is a Professional Cleaning?

When talking about a professional cleaning, sometimes called a dental prophylaxis, it’s referring to a removal of plaque, calculus, as well as stains from the teeth both above and below the gum line. This involves scaling and polishing to remove plaque as well as to keep it from attaching itself to the teeth in the future.

What to Expect

Your dentist will usually do a thorough inspection of your teeth and gums, possibly followed by a full set of x-rays to ensure that you do not have any cavities in your teeth. If the x-ray does show a cavity, your dentist will correct that problem, or any other dental problems he may find, before you see the hygienist for your cleaning.

Cleaning your teeth takes just a few steps.

  • Your hygienist will begin by inspecting your mouth for bleeding or inflamed gums, infections, sores, or any other concerns.
  • Your dental hygienist will then use a cleaning agent that will free any deep level plaque that has grown around your teeth or gums.
  • By scraping along the teeth and gums, your hygienist will remove even more of the plaque that is difficult to remove.
  • Your hygienist will then floss your teeth to be certain every area has been thoroughly cleaned of all plaque.
  • A fluoride treatment may be applied at this time if your dentist or hygienist has recommended it.

A professional cleaning is a regular preventive measure that is very comfortable for almost everyone. Those with inflamed gums or very sensitive teeth should discuss those matters with your hygienist when you make your appointment or immediately upon seeing your hygienist.

The role of a dental hygienist is to provide you with appropriate measures to help you combat common dental problems between your visits as well as during your daily routines. Your hygienist will try to motivate you to practice good oral hygiene that will encourage your optimum oral health.

At the end of your professional cleaning, your dentist will discuss your oral condition with you if he has not already done so, as well as any other treatments you may need. Before you leave the office, this would be an excellent time to schedule your next professional cleaning and checkup at Country Dental to ensure your smile stays beautiful and healthy.

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