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About Our Professional Teeth Cleanings

At DDS Associates, our dentist offers teeth cleaning services using high-quality tools and products. If you are not familiar with the professional teeth cleaning process, this article will help you understand all you need to know.

Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dental office to get your teeth cleaned. Some advantages are as follows:  

Tooth Loss Prevention
When plaque buildup is left unattended, it results in gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support in the jaw.

Improved Health
Numerous studies have determined that there is a link between overall health and oral health. Regular teeth cleaning from our qualified dental hygienists can reduce your risk of various diseases.

Bad Breath Prevention
Regular professional cleaning means improved oral health. Good oral health means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.  

Brighter Smile
The stains on your teeth are typically caused by of tobacco usage, wine, tea and coffee. However, these stains can be removed with the help of teeth cleaning which leaves your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and more beautiful smile.

Cavities Prevention
Plaque, a white film that covers your teeth, is one of the major reasons of tooth decay. This is an acidic substance that eats away the enamel. If it is not removed regularly, the buildup results in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dental hygienist helps eliminate plaque to prevent cavities.

The Process of Teeth Cleaning

If you are not familiar with the professional dental cleaning process, below you will find the different steps.    

Our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified, and further tests would be recommended if any issues are found. The dentist may also ask for your dental history and whether you have undergone any recent dental treatment. Once the examination has been done, the dental hygienist will move on to start the process of teeth cleaning.  

Removal of Tartar and Plaque
Any teeth cleaning process would start with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dental hygienist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process might take longer if you haven’t gotten your teeth cleaned professionally in a while. Plaque is usually reduced with regular brushing and flossing, but it doesn’t completely get eliminated.

After the tartar and plaque have been removed, our dental hygienist will start polishing your teeth using toothpaste.  

Our dental hygienist will floss your teeth. This step might feel unnecessary to you if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually important in the cleaning process. Flossing will help in removing any leftover debris and plaque that was missed in the first two steps of teeth cleaning.  

Rinsing and Fluoride Application
Lastly, our dental hygienist will rinse your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride treatment.

Types of Cleaning

You should know about the different types of teeth cleaning. Typically, when you visit the dental office, our dental hygienist performs regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, you might need a different cleaning procedure depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health. Following are the different types of teeth cleaning:

Regular Cleaning
Regular cleaning is also known as prophylaxis, a preventive process in which our dental hygienist eliminates stains, tartar, and plaque from your teeth. The teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by the dentist to be done at regular intervals, once or twice annually depending on your oral health.

Deep Cleaning
This type of cleaning is also called root planing and scaling. This teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include a buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, X-rays showing loss of teeth support and/or identification of deep gum pockets.

Full Mouth Debridement
In rare cases, when there are drastic tartar and plaque buildup making it difficult to even finish up an oral examination, our dentist might recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth.

Periodontal Maintenance
This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by the dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. This process may be continued in different intervals per the directions of our dentist after determining your oral health.

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning
Every person has a certain consumption routine that impacts their oral health individually. Therefore, the suitable interval between each teeth cleaning can only be decided once our dentist carries out a thorough examination of your oral health.  

What to Do After the Cleaning
Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after visiting our dental office, it should be ongoing. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to ensure your good oral health. Once you have your teeth cleaning done, it is important that you follow the aftercare advice and suggestions by our dentist.

Here are some tips that can help you in improving your oral health:

Teeth Brushing Tips

Our dentist will suggest brushing your teeth twice a day to protect your teeth.

Following are useful tips to brush your teeth effectively:

  • It is best to keep your brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line. Brush gently in the area where your gum and teeth meet to the edge of your teeth.
  • Avoid harsh brushing as it can be harmful to both your gums and teeth.
  • Ensure that the same method of brushing is done all over your teeth.
  • Make sure you brush the back of both your top and bottom teeth.
  • Always brush your tongue as well as the top of your mouth in a forward sweeping motion. This helps eliminate the bacteria from the mouth.
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes.  

Flossing Tips
Our dentist recommends the use of dental floss at least once every day; however, it is best to floss each time after you brush your teeth. Here are some useful tips for flossing:  

  • The flossing strip should be about 18 inches long to properly floss your teeth.
  • Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around your middle fingers of both hands.
  • Always begin flossing from the top of the teeth and then move to the bottom.
  • Utilize your index finger to put the strip between your teeth. Avoid pushing hard as it can harm your gums.
  • Use the clean part of the floss strip for every other tooth.
  • Flossing regularly will help in ensuring your professional teeth cleaning and polishing processes last longer.   

Rinsing Tips
Proper mouth rinse is needed to remove any debris left after the regular teeth cleaning. It is best to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria-free. Opt for a mouthwash that is both antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities and other issues. You can rinse after or even before you begin cleaning your teeth. Make sure you swish your preferred mouthwash for 30 seconds to fully benefit from it.

It is important to get your teeth cleaned in order to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Book your appointment at 713-797-0846 in Houston,Texas, and check out our quality services. Our dentist will answer all your concerns and questions to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

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