Dental Cleanings & Preventative Maintenance
It is a natural occurrence that plaque and tartar build up on the surfaces of our teeth over time. While natural flora made up of healthy bacteria are used break down food and prepare it for digestion, harmful bacteria tend to grown and multiply with refined sugars in our diet leading to the formation of the harmful plaque. Left to its own devices, plaque (the film we feel on our teeth if we haven’t brushed) can harden and calcify, resulting in tartar buildup.
Tartar is too hard for either your toothbrush or mouth wash to effectively remove. Your dental hygienist is trained in safe removal of plaque without damaging the protective enamel on your teeth. Tartar can build up along the gumline, resulting in inflammation and redness of the gums and potential for tooth decay. Gum disease (periodontal disease) results in the loss of more teeth than cavities in people over age 35. Gum disease has also been noted in the scientific community to increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia and a few other ailments.
The Dental ExaminationDid you know that a healthy mouth offers more than just a beautiful smile? Your dentist uses the information gathered during your examination to offer a window into your systemic health. Your dentist will begin by collecting information about your current health and lifestyle habits. A review of your medical history, including current medications is conducted to give your dentist a holistic view of your overall wellness and any current health and dental concerns. Some conditions or medications may impact the future success of dental procedures, so it’s important to provide your dentist with complete and accurate information. Once a full examination of your dental health is complete, your dentist will share their findings. Where concerns exist, you and your dentist will discuss the available corrective actions.
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Dental CleaningsEvery mouth is unique, and for that reason your dentist will advise you about how often you should have your teeth professionally cleaned. Dental cleaning may be performed by a qualified dental hygienist or dentist. Professional dental cleaning is typically carried out in these 3 steps:
ScalingScaling involves the use of a manual or ultrasonic scaler. Scalers are used to remove any buildup of tartar on the teeth and along the gum line.
PolishingNext, your dentist or hygienist will use a small rotating tool with a rubberized head to apply a slightly abrasive paste to the teeth. The gentle ‘grit’ in the paste helps to remove stains from tooth surfaces and keeps the tooth surfaces smooth. Smooth surfaces are more difficult for plaque to adhere to.
Prevention & MaintenanceIt is important to maintain good oral hygiene between visits with your dentist. Good oral hygiene involves brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly. For best results, we recommend:
BrushingSelect a soft toothbrush that allows you to reach each of the teeth in your mouth. When brushing the inner and outer sides of your teeth, ensure that your brush is at a 45-degree angle between the teeth and gums. Brush in a circular motion, ensuring that both the teeth and gums are being brushed. Brush the biting surfaces of your upper and lower teeth also, moving on to your tongue and roof of the mouth before rinsing with fresh water. Brushing should occur after meals, or a minimum of twice daily. Recent studies have indicated that an electric tooth brush removes plaque more effetively than a manual one.
FlossingThere are many areas of the mouth which are not accessible to your toothbrush, and as a result decay often begins where we cannot see it, such as between teeth. Flossing your teeth regularly is an excellent way to ensure removal of harmful plaque bacteria. When flossing your teeth, use gentle pressure to insert floss between your teeth and move the floss up and down between the tooth and the gum line. Remember to do this on either side of the tooth before moving on. A new device called the Waterpik (water flosser) has also been shown to be effective for those that are not consistent at using the regular floss or those with fixed retainer wires.
RinsingYour dentist may recommend finishing your oral care routine with an approved mouth wash. Mouth wash is a convenient way to reduce oral bacteria when swished around all areas of the mouth for 30 seconds before spitting. Small children at risk of swallowing mouth wash should abstain from use.
Nebula Dental Clinic provides oral health care services to the communities of Ellerslie, Summerside, Orchards, Walker, Charlseworth and the surrounding areas in Edmonton. All services provided by a general dentist.
Monday: 9:30am to 6pm
Tuesday: 10am to 6:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 6:30pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm