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What is dental teeth cleaning?
Dental teeth cleaning is different to your daily tooth brushing at home. When you have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist, it involves removing plaque and tartar (calculus) build-up on your teeth, using specialised instruments.
Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help to strengthen and protect your teeth. Over time, this results in the build-up of calcium deposits which looks like a chalky substance in between your teeth and gums.
What can I expect at a teeth cleaning appointment?
The dental hygienist will begin by loosening up the deposits in your teeth with an ultrasonic instrument. Depending on how much build-up there is and how often you get your teeth cleaned, this is usually the most time-consuming part of the process. Then, the dentist will switch to a fine hand tool such as a scaler and gently scrape any smaller deposits in between your teeth and gums. Once the dentist is satisfied with the removal of tartar and plaque build-up, they will polish your teeth and apply some fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.
Why do I need regular teeth cleaning?
If the plaque and tartar continue to accumulate on your teeth, it makes it harder for you to floss and brush your teeth at home. It also creates an optimal environment for bacteria to thrive next to your gums. Bacteria that harbour in your gums can cause inflammation and if left untreated, can potentially lead to gum disease.
Will it be painful?
We try to make teeth cleaning as comfortable and enjoyable for our patients and most will say they find the process completely painless. Painful experiences may be due to sore gum tissues which can be prevented by regularly flossing. You’ll soon forget any discomfort when your teeth are feeling smooth and looking clean.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned at the dentist?
At Bite Dental Studios we like to advise our patients to bookntheir teeth cleaning appointments every six months. Sometimes this may vary depending on your gum health and personal situation.
How can I control the build-up of plaque and tartar on my teeth?
- Brush your teeth regularly and for a reasonable amount of time. A quick 30-second brushing of your teeth is not enough to remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up.
- Floss, floss, floss and use our guide to flossing your teeth.
- Watch the amount of sugary foods you’re eating. The bacteria in your mouth release damaging acids when exposed to sugary foods.
- Drink plenty of water after eating your food.
Try this: run your tongue along the back of your teeth. Does it feel a bit rough? Can you see some tooth coloured build-up around your teeth and gums? Call Bite Dental today on (07) 3221 5399 to book your next teeth cleaning check-up.