Regular dental cleaning and check up
Your physical and oral health depends on home oral hygiene and regular visits to our dental team.
Dental hygienists are highly-trained specialists in a professional level of teeth cleaning, which prevents small problems from becoming enormous challenges, potentially very painful and expensive to fix.
No matter how good your home dental care skills are, it’s important to have a dental hygienist use her sophisticated tools and resources to clean your teeth at least twice a year.
In addition to probing for infected gum pockets around the teeth, cleaning them out and scraping off the hardened plaque that can lead to periodontal disease, she can:
- Do deep irrigation with an antibacterial solution.
- Implant antibiotic pellets for serious cases of infection, which will release the medicine over time.
- Use a laser to cut away small amounts of diseased gum painlessly.
- Do root planing to keep teeth healthy and free of tartar, preventing gum disease.
- Measure gum pockets with a periodontal probe
- Instruct good oral hygiene
Home Health Care
Dental hygiene practices at home may not seem very important—it really means knowing how to carefully clean your teeth and gums at home in ways many people have never learned.
How often and long do you brush and floss?
A minimum of at least two minutes required to do the brushing right:
- Use a brush with the soft or medium type of bristle brush or, better, an electric toothbrush.
- Add fluoride toothpaste
- Brushing upwards at a 45-degree angle using short strokes and moving back and forth over your teeth.
- Spend 20-30 seconds for the front surfaces, the same for the back surfaces, and finally 10 seconds for the chewing surfaces on the left and then the right. Then repeat this for another minute on the upper set of teeth.
- Don’t brush too hard because that can wear away at the enamel, the hard surface that protects teeth from oral bacteria.
- An additional minute gently massaging the gums at the same angle (especially if you have bleeding gums) would also be beneficial. Brushing the tongue will remove more bacteria that could cause gum disease.