What does a dental cleaning involve when you pay a visit to a Surrey dentist? The type of dental cleaning you undergo depends on the condition of you mouth, gums, and teeth. If you have been practicing good oral hygiene at home, then a cleaning at the dentist’s office will be quick and routine.
Good oral hygiene at home means that you have been brushing your teeth regularly, as well as flossing at regular intervals. But good oral hygiene doesn’t stop with regular brushing and flossing. Using the proper brushing technique is important. As is using a good toothpaste. At the very least, use a toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Sometimes, a dentist will recommend you a specific toothpaste type or brand to help remedy an existing condition or sensitivity. It’s recommended that you also brush 30-45 minutes after a meal, instead of immediately after. Brushing your teeth 30 minutes after allows the acids that have built up during eating to break down. Brushing after breakfast and after dinner are good intervals. Flossing once a day is also good.
You also need to replace your toothbrush regularly so that your brushing is effective. Worn toothbrush bristles are next to useless. Other good practices include using mouthwash and chewing gum that contains xylitol. Both reduce the acids and bacteria in your mouth that lead to cavities.
When you go to your dentist for a dental cleaning, the recommendations enumerated above will determine the extent of the examination that your dentist will do. If the dentist doesn’t see the presence of cavities, then there will be no need for X-rays.
The plaque that normally forms over time will also be reduced, and this will hasten the dentist’s job of removing it. Depending on the condition of your teeth, the dentist may also opt for a fluoride treatment. With children, sealants are also used to protect the teeth. Other steps include removing stains, polishing the teeth, and adjusting the fitment of dentures if you have them.
Adopting good oral hygiene will help prevent cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. It will also give you the confidence to give the people around you your best smile.