ORAL HYGIENE- is the single most important step towards a healthy mouth. Canadian Dental Association says that 48% of Canadians who have not seen the dentist in the past year have gum disease. The gum disease if not treated early, will progress to periodontal disease. Professional teeth cleaning is provided at Lincoln Dental Association to give you a healthy smile.
Oral Hygiene has two main components:
- Teeth Cleaning at home.
- Teeth Cleaning at the Dentist.
At LINCOLN DENTAL CENTER, we work towards providing you professional teeth cleaning and help you learn more about home oral hygiene practices. We have a team of experienced Registered Dental Hygienists at Lincoln Dental Center to provide professional teeth cleaning services.
- This procedure is performed by Registered Dental Hygienist.
- We have a team of very experienced Dental Hygienists.
- Dental Hygienist is trained to clean your teeth and make a plan for home care customized for your oral condition/health.
- Dental Hygienist will train you on
- How to brush your teeth
- How to floss your teeth
- The procedure takes about 60-90 minutes for adults and can be 30 mins for children.
What to expect at a dental cleaning appointment?
- Dentist will examine your teeth and order certain x-rays. The Dentist will check each tooth and all oral tissues including your gums, cheek, palate, all tongue surface and palpate around your face and neck.
- Registered dental hygienist will clean food, plaque, stains and tartar deposits from your teeth. The clinical name for this process is scaling and root planning.
- Health of your gums will be evaluated to determine when you should come back for next teeth cleaning.
- After cleaning is completed, the treatment plan will be discussed. Oral Hygiene Instructions for home care will be provided.
- Polishing of teeth will be completed.
- Flossing between all teeth will be completed.
- Fluoride will be applied on your teeth.
- This whole process will usually take about 30 minutes for young children and 60-90 minutes for adults.
- Before you leave, front-desk will schedule your next appointment.
What is the right age to start tooth brushing?
As soon as first tooth erupts in the child’s mouth. Child does not need any tooth paste. Moisten a tooth brush under warm water to make bristles soft and brush his or her teeth.
Does teeth cleaning cause any pain?
No, teeth cleaning is a painless procedure. If any tooth is sensitive or deep cleaning is needed; the dental hygienist will offer to numb that area so that you are comfortable and do not feel pain.
How often do I need teeth cleaning?
- This depends on your Personal Oral hygiene practices, current oral health, gum status, whether you have braces, etc.
- Depending on above factors, your dentist will determine whether the interval between next hygiene visit should be 3, 4 or 6 months.
Which tooth brush is best?
- Canadian Dental association recommend soft tooth brush with rounded bristles.
- A tooth brush should be replaced every 3 months or early if bristles lose their form.
- Children has very small mouth and as they grow, you may have to replace their tooth brush more often.
- After any oral infection or respiratory infection, it is advised to change your tooth brush.
- People with limited dexterity may find powered tooth brushes to be more effective.
Advantages of regular teeth cleaning and dental appointments:
- It prevents gum disease.
- Cavities, gum disease, condition of existing fillings and crowns can be determined.
- Any disease could be found at an early stage and treated early.
- It gives an opportunity for you to get a feedback about how good your personal oral hygiene practices are.
TIPS FOR A HEALTHY MOUTH:
- Brush twice daily.
- Floss at least once daily.
- Keep checking your gums, cheeks, tongue, palate regularly and any changes on such tissues should be reported to your dentist.
- Eat healthy snacks.