The Professional Teeth Cleaning Process

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Why do you need professional teeth cleaning in the first place, if you do brush and floss your teeth twice, every day? The answer is, how we brush and floss is not enough to get rid of the plaque and tartar that forms on your teeth.

Plaque contains a high amount of bacteria that hardens over time to form tartar, which is primarily responsible for tooth decay and cavities. Furthermore, your dental insurance covers this, so why not get a fresh smile? Is it the fear of the dentist that keeps you away?

Well, it’s just the weird sensations that come with the scraping process. No pain is associated with teeth cleaning, and you’ll soon find out why, by going through the steps involved in professional teeth cleaning.

    1. The first step is to inspect your teeth. The dentist will use a small mirror that works more like a magnifying glass, to examine the condition of your teeth. This is to determine the spots where more plaque and tartar are present. This helps the dentist to understand how to go about with the scraping process.
    2. The next step is the scraping process. A dental scraper will be used to thoroughly scrape off the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. More plaque and tartar will require harder scraping. Although there are some weird sensations associated with this, there is zero pain involved! Sometimes, the dentist might use ultrasonic vibrations to loosen the tartar on your teeth.
    3. After the scraping is done with, your mouth may be rinsed to wash away the plaque and tartar that might be left behind from scraping. The dentist would then spend some time to dry your mouth, before flossing your teeth. This professional flossing will get rid of all the minute food particles from your teeth. This also helps in getting rid of the plaque that could not be scraped off.
    4. Your teeth will then be brushed using a mildly abrasive toothpaste and an electric powered toothbrush. It will take some hard brushing to get the stains off the surface of your teeth., however, this will barely make you uncomfortable. Usually, it takes 120-150 seconds for the dentist to brush your teeth.
    5. After your teeth have been brushed completely, your mouth is thoroughly rinsed once more before the final step, which is the fluoride treatment. Fluoride gel will be applied to your teeth and it will be left there for a few minutes. Your teeth will then be brushed with fluoride varnish.

 And those are the five small steps involved in professional teeth cleaning! Generally, you are advised to get professional cleaning twice a year. However, as per the American Dental Association (ADA), the number of cleanings you need per year depends on your dental condition. It says:

…individual risk factors help to dictate the frequency of cleanings needed per year to help prevent periodontal disease. Based on data analysis, researchers speculate that high-risk patients would likely benefit from more frequent dental visits, while low-risk patients may see the same benefits from only one cleaning per year. The key takeaway for consumers, underscored by this study, is that personalized oral care is a necessity for good dental health.

Thus, what matters the most is understanding your own oral needs, rather than being comparative with the general scenario when it comes to periodic teeth cleaning.

Teeth whitening and its Maintenance

Broadly speaking there are two basic ways to go when you have chosen teeth whitening as your ultimate goal. You may go for in-office bleaching or try the at-home teeth whitening methods. However, an in-office treatment always scores over the latter one. The obvious reasons are:

  1. Office treatments yield same-day results.
  2. Better outcomes are obtained as compared to the used-at-home whitening kits.

The at-home treatments:

  1. Mouth Trays: Trays are plastic made appliances to fit on your teeth. They are filled with a gel which serves the whitening purpose for your teeth.
  2. Whitening Strips: They are comparatively less expensive than the gels available.

 

The in-office bleaching:  

 In-office teeth whitening comes with a professional approach, with some systematic steps that are followed:

  • Your dentist records the current shade of your teeth
  • A little abrasion is done with a pumice or some grainy material, used to remove plaque from the surface
  • Your cheeks, lips, tongue is kept well apart from coming into any contact with the gel (by using retractors)
  • The teeth are kept dry with a gauge to apply the whitening liquid
  • The gum line is also protected, using a barrier.
  • The solution that is applied on the front surface of the teeth essentially contains hydrogen peroxide as the bleaching agent
  • Laser light is run over the chemical such that it activates and hardens on to the tooth’s surface
  • At the end of the process, the teeth are rinsed, preferably with a fluoride solution (it helps reduce tooth sensitivity).

 

 How to hold on to the whiteness post the procedure

 

Now that you are done with your whitening procedure, the million dollar question stands out to be…how to keep up this whiteness for as long as possible?

  1. A.BE EXTRA CAREFUL DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS
    After the whitening procedure, the first 24 to 48 hours is the most crucial period. Staining foods, acidic foods, hot beverages should be avoided to let the whitening settle in perfectly.
  2. B.WASH YOUR MOUTH AFTER EACH MEAL
    Instead of using only plain water, use a good mouthwash to rinse your mouth after heavy meals.
  3. USE A WHITENING TOOTHPASTE
    Using whitening toothpaste before whitening session helps to hold the chine for a longer period of time!
  4. AVOID STAINING FOODS
    Tea, coffee, cola drinks, candies, beet, tomato sauce and such other foods (the ones which stubbornly stains your white dress too) should be preferably avoided, not only during the initial days but also in future.
  5. E.GIVE UP SMOKING IF POSSIBLE:
    Tobacco stains your teeth recklessly and rapidly too. Cigarettes and other tobacco items should be strictly avoided to maintain glistening teeth.

 Tobacco stains your teeth recklessly and rapidly too. Cigarettes and other tobacco items should be strictly avoided to maintain glistening teeth.

 

Prevention is better than cure

Heading to know all about whitened teeth? The very first thing you should hit upon is getting into your knowledge the primary causes of teeth discoloration. Yellowish or stained teeth are a result of:

  • Excessive smoking and use of other tobacco products
  • Consumption of foods containing tannin
  • Using other staining foods
  • Excess use of antibiotics

Another complicated cause behind tooth discoloration is, any internal issue. The tooth enamel and dentin might be damaged, when exposed to high levels of fluoride, antibiotics, tooth decay or trauma. However, staying from the external causes might keep the loss of your tooth’s whiteness at bay for a while!

A face to face meeting with your cosmetic dentist in Sioux City would not only deliver you with the best results but also the best possible advice on retaining the whiteness and the shine of your newly whitened teeth! Call us @712-587-7623 to know more about teeth whitening

 

 

 

A Teeth Whitening Treatment Can Yield Faster Results and Have Other Benefits

You might feel that discolored teeth can only affect your smile, but it may also be an indication of poor oral health. An improper dental hygiene can be the reason for many oral diseases, therefore, taking a good care of your mouth is essential. Professional teeth whitening not only changes the state of your discolored teeth but also enhances your dental hygiene.

Teeth whitening is a hassle-free process which you can opt for to get rid of the unwanted tooth stains.

The dental treatment has some useful benefits which are discussed below.

It is a Non-Invasive Dental Treatment:

A lot of people get panic-stricken when it comes to going through a dental treatment and the sense of fear occurs due to anxiety. However, professional teeth whitening is a non-invasive procedure which is used to enhance your smile. Hence, there might not be any discomforts during the treatment and you can easily get through it. Many dental procedures require reduction of a lot of tooth structure, but a teeth whitening treatment does not involve that.

It is Affordable:

Some people restrain themselves from opting for a dental treatment due to the expenditure. But, you don’t have to shell out an enormous amount of money in order to get your teeth whitened. A teeth whitening treatment is quite affordable.

The Effect Can Be Seen Right After the Treatment:

You might not be able to see or feel the effect of certain dental treatments right after the completion of the procedures. However, it is not the same when it comes to teeth whitening as it gives faster results. The effect might last longer if you maintain a great oral hygiene and having foods and beverages that stain your teeth.

It Lets Your Smile Without Any Inhibitions:

Discolored teeth certainly have an impact on the appearance of your smile. But, a whitening treatment can make your teeth look sparkling white and let you sport a smile without any inhibitions. The treatment enhances your dental aesthetic values.

Following These Tips Can Help Prevent Discolored Teeth

  • Avoid drinking a lot of coffee because caffeine intake can stain your teeth.
  • Brush and floss twice every day.
  • Swish your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Give up on smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • See your dentist twice in a year.

Your oral health has a connection with your general health, therefore, it is essential to pay an adequate amount of importance to it.
Call us @712-587-7623 to get your dental problems treated. We are conveniently located at 5402 Morningside Ave Sioux City, IA 51106.

How Is The In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedure Performed?

Each year when fall rolls around there are opportunities to make new memories. There are the traditions that your family should hold fast to such as: hay rides, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving and fall festivals. And then there are the opportunities for new memories such as: meeting new neighbors while trick-or-treating, awesome new costumes, and trying new recipes. It’s such a wonderful time of year for changes.

Dr. Welch would like to invite you to make some new dental changes this fall as well. A dental change that will make a big and positive impact on your smile is porcelain veneers. This cosmetic dental procedure will enhance your smile and give you back the confidence to smile like you used to.

Porcelain veneers can correct many of your smile dissatisfaction issues all at the same time. If you’re looking to change space between your teeth, porcelain veneers can help you. They can also fix your cracked, fractured or injured teeth. Additionally, they will add beauty to your discolored or stained teeth. They can also restore missing teeth.

If you’re looking to make a positive improvement to your self-esteem by making a permanent change to your teeth with porcelain veneers, call Whispering Creek Dental this fall. Dr. John Welch, DDS, FAGD cares about each of his patients and will ensure you are satisfied with your new smile. Call and book your appointment for a consultation with him today. He will get you on the road to achieving your very best smile.

Posted on behalf of Whispering Creek Dental