You certainly floss and wash your teeth at home. However, this may not be enough for maintaining your teeth in good condition. The preventive dentistry treatments are equally important. They are done in the office of the dentist. Usually, they are performed by a specially trained hygienist. Find out more about them and how they contribute to dental and oral health.
Dental Teeth Cleaning
This preventive dentistry treatment is designed to remove soft and hard deposits on your teeth. These deposits form naturally as a result of bacterial activity. The bacteria in the mouth work along with plaque to turn microscopic food particles into such deposits. The soft deposits are formally referred to as plaque while the soft ones are called calculus or tartar.
The cleaning treatment begins with the breaking up of the big pieces of tartar. This is done with the use of a specially designed ultrasonic tool with rounded tips. After the large pieces have been dealt with, the dental hygienist uses fine hand tools for breaking up the rest of the tartar and plaque. Both procedures are completely painless. Little gum bleeding may occur, but this should not cause any discomfort.
In many cases, the teeth are polished after the cleaning. Fluoride gel may be applied as well with the use of a special tray. The polishing prevents plaque from sticking to the surface of the teeth while fluoride strengthens the enamel and lowers the risk of damage and decay.
Both plaque and tooth decay are caused by bacteria living in the mouth. That is why antibacterial treatments are usually applied as part of preventive dentistry. They are strongly recommended especially for people with a history of oral bacterial infections leading to plaque build-up and tooth decay. Typically, the hygienist will give you special rinse which you will use right there. It is more concentrated than the products for home use and has a more potent effect.
In most cases, the treatment does not end at the dentist’s office. You will be given mouthwash to use at home for a set period of time. This mouthwash has lower concentration of the active ingredient and helps to ensure the best long-term effect from the initial rinse.
All preventive dentistry treatments are performed along with exams. The frequency depends on various factors such as age, overall health condition and previously performed dental treatments. Most people will get teeth cleaning once or twice a year. The frequency of the antibacterial treatment is strictly individual.
Source by Celine Potrov