A Complete Guide to Teeth Cleaning

You know that teeth cleaning is important, but it is likely that you do not understand the process. What do you need to do at home to keep your teeth clean? Why is it important to get a professional cleaning? Learn more about cleaning, so you can maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

Teeth cleaning at home and at the dentist

People need to clean their teeth daily at home. It is critical to use the proper technique when cleaning the teeth at home. People also need to go to the dentist for a professional cleaning at least one time a year. Those who have dental restorations or are at risk for decay or gum disease need to go every six months at a minimum. The dentist will provide a timeline for the patients.

Brushing the teeth at home

Many people slide a toothbrush around their teeth for a few seconds and stop. To properly remove bacteria, it is important to brush the teeth for two minutes at a time. This should be done at least two times a day. Hold a soft-bristled brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Use short strokes to clean each tooth and the gumline.

Flossing the teeth at home

People need to floss daily to remove bacteria that builds up between the teeth. Begin by winding the floss around the index or middle finger. Grab the floss with the other hand and stretch it, so it is one to two inches long. The index finger should guide the floss between the teeth. Use a zig-zag motion and pull the floss up to remove the bacteria or debris. Those who have dental restorations should slide the floss out instead of pulling it up.

Dental cleanings

It is very difficult to eliminate all plaque when brushing and flossing at home. Plaque turns into tartar and that can only be removed with a professional cleaning. Hygienists use instruments to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth. After removing the large deposits, the hygienist uses a scaler or curette to smooth the surface of each tooth. This allows the hygienist to remove the remaining tartar deposits.

The hygienist then flosses the teeth. This process also removes any additional plaque that was dislodged during the dental cleaning. Hygienists can determine a patient’s flossing routine during this process. If the gums bleed, the patient is likely not flossing at home or not using the proper technique. The hygienist can provide tips to help patients improve their flossing routines.

Follow a proper teeth cleaning routine

You need to follow a teeth cleaning routine at home and at the dentist. Brush two times a day and floss every day when you are at home. Remember to follow the proper technique for both. Also, go to the dentist at least once a year for a professional cleaning. The hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar and leave your teeth polished and clean.

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