Dental hygiene is an easy and affordable way to keep your teeth clean and your gums in good condition. A good dental hygiene routine also ensures that your teeth remain strong for a longer period. However, having your teeth cleaned by a dentist on a regular basis can ensure that your teeth continue to look healthy and beautiful. At Harborn Dental in Mississauga, professional dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis) is performed by registered dental hygienists. Our hygienist will spend time demonstrating brushing and flossing techniques so that your teeth and gums can be maintained between dental visits.
Your cleaning and recall exam appointment will include the following:
Removal of Calculus (Tartar)
Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of Plaque
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons or irritants) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
We remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
How to Properly Brush and Floss?
Brushing and flossing are of paramount importance to oral hygiene. Though bi-annual professional dental cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and debris, excellent homecare methods are equally valuable. Proper brushing and flossing can enhance the health of the mouth, make the smile sparkle, and prevent serious diseases.
Reasons Why Proper Brushing and Flossing Are Essential:
Prevention of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and its treatment often requires complex dental procedures. Tooth decay occurs when the acids found in plaque erode the natural enamel on the teeth. This phenomenon can easily be prevented by using proper home hygiene methods.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a serious, progressive condition which can cause tooth loss, gum recession, and jawbone recession. Periodontal disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque and can lead to serious health problems in other parts of the body. Removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surface of the tooth using a toothbrush and from the interdental areas using dental floss, is an excellent way to stave off periodontal problems.
Prevention of Halitosis
Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by old food particles on or between the teeth. These food particles can be removed with regular brushing and flossing, leaving the mouth healthier and your breath smelling fresher.
Prevention of Staining
Staining or yellowing of teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors such as smoking, coffee, and tea. The more regularly these staining agents are removed from the teeth using brushing and flossing techniques, the less likely it is that the stains will become permanent.
Oral Hygiene Aids
Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining excellent oral hygiene and diagnosing potential problems, but they are not a “fix-all” solution. Thorough oral care routines should be practiced on a daily basis to avoid future dental problems.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease and periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss in the developed world and is completely preventable in the vast majority of cases. Professional cleanings twice a year combined with daily self-cleaning can remove a high percentage of disease-causing bacteria and plaque. In addition, teeth that are well cared for make for a sparkling white smile.
There are numerous types of oral hygiene aids on the supermarket shelves, and it can be difficult to determine which will provide the best benefit to your teeth. Here are some of the most common oral hygiene aids for homecare:
Rubber tip stimulators