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Professional Teeth Cleaning and Aftercare

What is Teeth Cleaning

The teeth cleaning process is completed by our dentist using various tools to eliminate tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. This process is also essential to detect and correct oral health issues like gingivitis and cavities. Regular teeth cleanings offer the following benefits:

Early Detection of Dental Problems and Diseases

Our dentist will conduct the regular teeth cleaning procedure but, at the same, have a chance to have a detailed look at the condition of your teeth, gums and oral hygiene. Early diagnosis is pivotal for the effective treatment of a number of conditions and diseases. If our dentist finds any problems with your teeth, such as cavities and broken fillings, they will suggest the necessary treatment to improve the condition.

Protection Against Tooth Decay

Cavities damage the enamel that protects your teeth. Plaque is a colorless film formed by bacteria when the gums and teeth are neglected. This plaque buildup gradually results in cavities and tooth decay but can be prevented and treated by our dentist with the proper teeth cleaning process.  

Preventing Tooth Loss

The bacteria in our mouths builds up and increases, causing the enamel to disintegrate and eventually results in tooth loss. Additionally, possibilities of plaque penetrating into the tooth or gums can cause further damage, such as bone damage in the jaw. Scheduling frequent teeth cleaning with our dentist, along with following a proper dental hygiene routine, can help prevent these issues.

Detection and Prevention of Gum Diseases

Gum disease damages the bone and gums that keep your teeth in place. If the plaque buildup is left unattended for a long period, it becomes a hard covering known as tartar. This harmful matter can’t be removed with regular cleaning at home and requires professional cleaning. The longer tartar and plaque are left untreated, the more damage your teeth will experience. 

What to Expect From Teeth Cleaning at Our Dental Office

The teeth cleaning process by our dentist follows a series of simple steps. These include the effective removal of bacteria and other problems from your teeth and gums. The steps are as follows:

1. Consultation With Our Dentist and Oral Exam

You will first recieve a quick consultation with our dentist. This process reviews your dental history, dental procedures previously performed, your last teeth cleaning and your current teeth or gum problems, if any. Our dentist will also conduct an oral exam to determine the current health of your teeth and look for any signs of tooth decay, cavities and gum problems. In case of a dental problem is found, more tests will be suggested by our dentist.

2. Removal of Tartar and Plaque From Teeth

After the oral examination, our dentist will start the teeth cleaning process by removing tartar and plaque from your teeth. The larger deposits of tartar and plaque will be eliminated first, and then our dentist will move on to the smaller deposits.

3. Cleaning and Brushing

After eliminating the tartar and plaque, our dentist will clean your mouth to get rid of any debris. Gentle brushing of your teeth will proceed. Your teeth will be cleaned using a quality brush to remove any leftover tartar and plaque on your teeth.  

4. Teeth Polishing and Flossing

Next, our dentist will floss your teeth and polish them to make them smooth and sparkling. Our dentist may use a paste similar to a toothpaste for this process. Once your teeth are polished, they will be flossed.

5. Rinse and Fluoride Application

Your mouth will receive a final rinsing to eliminate leftover residue from the teeth cleaning. Our dentist will begin applying fluoride to your teeth for added protection. This will assist in fighting off cavities, germs and other diseases for a longer duration.  

6. Suggested Treatments and Follow-Up Appointment

Once the teeth cleaning is completed, our dentist may suggest further dental treatments depending on the current condition of your oral health. Additional dental tests and examinations may be required before a proper treatment plan is recommended.

What to Do After the Cleaning

Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after visiting our dental office, it should be ongoing. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to ensure optimal oral health. Once you undergo the teeth cleaning procedure, it is important that you follow the aftercare advice and suggestions by our dentist.

Here are some tips that can help you in improving your oral health:

Teeth Brushing Tips

Our dentist will suggest brushing your teeth twice a day to help remove food and plaque. Follow these tips during the process:

  • It is best to keep your brush angled at 45 degrees against the gum line. Brush gently in the area where your gum and teeth meet to the edge of your teeth.

  • Avoid harsh brushing as it can be harmful to both your gums and teeth.

  • Ensure that the same method of brushing is done all over your teeth.

  • Make sure you brush the back of both your top and bottom teeth.

  • Always brush your tongue, as well as the top of your mouth, in a forward sweeping motion. This helps in eliminating the bacteria from the mouth.

  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes.  

Flossing Tips

Our dentist recommends the use of dental floss at least once every day; however, it is best to floss each time after you brush your teeth. Flossing regularly will help to ensure your professional teeth cleaning and polishing processes last longer.

  • The flossing strip should be about 18-inches long.

  • Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around your middle fingers of both hands.

  • Always begin flossing from the top of the teeth and then move to the bottom.

  • Utilize your index finger to put the strip between your teeth. Avoid pushing hard as it can harm your gums.

  • Use the clean part of the floss strip for every other tooth.

Rinsing Tips

Proper mouth rinse is needed to remove any debris left after the regular teeth cleaning.

  • It is best to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria free.

  • Opt for a mouthwash that is both antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities and other issues.

  • You can rinse after or even before you begin cleaning your teeth.

  • Make sure you gargle with your mouthwash for around 30 seconds to benefit from it.

Regular visits to the dental office are recommended to prevent any possible dental complications. Receiving an expert teeth cleaning can help eliminate any plaque accumulation that can’t be removed from regular brushing. Book your professional teeth cleaning with our dentist at Audubon Dental & Implant Center today by calling our office at 859-252-5220. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, our team can help you achieve a healthy, radiant smile while providing friendly, high-quality service!