Oral hygiene covers all the things you need to do to ensure your mouth is clean. This includes brushing your teeth, tongue, and cheeks. If you wear dentures, these too require regular cleaning. Using dental floss and mouthwash are the other ways to maintain oral hygiene.
While all of these are very important factors when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, there are other steps involved in improving and maintaining the longevity and strength of your gums and teeth. Brushing helps keep your teeth clean and clears some of the plaque buildup. However, it takes more than that to remove tartar. This stubborn deposit on your teeth is a result of plaque buildup along the gum line.
These deposits, if not regularly removed, can cause tooth decay as well as gum disease, which is why it’s important that you get regular teeth cleaning done. We at Luck Dental Clinic provide premium preventive care and are committed to helping you maintain overall oral health. The recommendation is that you visit our clinic every six months to have your teeth cleaned and professionally evaluated by our team.
How Is Dental Cleaning Done?
During your dental cleaning session, either our dentist or registered dental hygienist will perform a professional dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis). This helps remove all the plaque & tartar from your teeth, below and above your gum line. This cleaning process will end with detailed teeth polishing that is effective in removing any residual plaque and stains, that didn’t come off while the cleaning was being done.
Our hygienist will do their best to make sure you remain relaxed and are comfortable throughout the dental cleaning session. If you have sensitive gums and teeth, or if you feel nervous while the cleaning is in progress, please let us know. We will immediately alter our approach to make the cleaning more comfortable. This could include the use of dental sedation or numbing gel for your gums.
Preventive Dental Care
As with physical health, maintaining dental health is also a lot about prevention and this is something we focus on at our clinic. Prevention is one of the best ways to avoid all the hassle, time and expense associated with complex dental treatments. Regular checkups and cleaning sessions help our dentists detect potential problems early.
In controlling plaque and tartar, we are preventing future tooth decay and gum disease. The supplemental fluoride treatments and oral hygiene guidance we provide become the basis of your overall dental health.
Common Dental Problems Caused By Poor Dental Hygiene
Lack of or irregular oral care can cause a range of problems such as:
- Gingivitis– In this condition, the gum tissue becomes inflamed. Some of the common signs of gingivitis include tender, swollen and red gums that may start to bleed whenever you brush. Regular oral hygiene at home and thorough dental cleanings can help resolve this condition within two weeks.
- Periodontitis– This is a long-term, chronic disease and is also referred to as gum In this condition, pockets begin to develop around the base of your teeth, which bleed every time you brush or floss. These pockets provide the ideal environment for bacteria that cause bad breath.
If the condition isn’t treated on time, it can result in corrosion of the jaw bone, compromising the stability of the teeth. Gum disease is also linked to stroke and heart disease. A deep cleaning followed by frequent teeth cleanings can help control this condition.