Your dentist may have told you about the importance of getting your teeth regularly cleaned and suggested that you go for professional teeth cleaning. But shouldn't brushing your teeth twice a day be enough?
While a proper at-home oral hygiene routine is a vital part of keeping your teeth in good health, you should make sure to get them regularly tended to by a trained dentist or hygienist.
A hygiene clean and polish is also known as a 'scale and polish'. During this treatment, plaque and tartar are scraped away from your teeth.
No matter how exceptional our oral hygiene, we all have natural bacteria in our mouths. When it mixes with food, it forms a sticky, pale-yellow film called plaque.
No matter how efficient your at-home teeth cleaning routine, there will always be hard-to-reach areas that are tricky to keep plaque-free. Plaque can build up in these areas and eventually mineralise, forming a hard, crusty deposit called calculus or tartar.
You can't remove tartar by brushing your teeth alone. And if it is not removed, more plaque and tartar can build up around the tooth and possibly even under the gum line. This can cause or worsen gum disease and can lead to tooth decay or loss.
The best way to remove plaque and keep gum disease at bay is by regularly brushing your teeth twice a day and getting regular teeth cleaning from your dentist.
To reduce your risk of gum disease or stop it from becoming more serious, your dentist may recommend that you have your teeth cleaned and polished.
This can be done either by a dentist or hygienist and consists of two steps.
In the first stage, the dentist removes the deposits of plaque and tartar, usually with an ultrasound scraper. After this, your dentist or hygienist will then use specialised, handheld instruments to scrape away any stubborn remaining bits.
The second step is the 'polish'. This is where the surface of your teeth are made nice and smooth. Teeth cleaning and polishing removes stains, leaving your teeth bright and shiny and helps prevent the future build-up of plaque by smoothing away minor imperfections or patches of rough texture on the teeth
Professional whitening procedures done in a dental clinic are one of the fastest and most effective ways to brighten your teeth. They will usually take around one and a half to two hours to complete, depending on the degree of teeth whitening in NZ you want, and offer almost ‘instant’ results.
A dentist or trained hygienist will apply a protective gel to your lips and gums before applying whitening gel, which contains the bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide, to your teeth.
A special LED light activates the gel. It might be challenging to keep your mouth open for so long, but listening to music or watching a movie can help distract you. Best of all, you’ll usually only require one treatment.
Remember that a scale and polish in a clinic is not a substitute for regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. You must combine regular check-ups with a proper daily oral health routine if you want to keep your teeth in the best possible condition.
You cannot remove the build-up of tartar at home. To do this, you need a trained dentist or hygienist using specialised teeth cleaning equipment. They will be able to scrape the plaque away without damaging your teeth, preventing tooth decay, receding gums, and gum disease.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A simple scale and polish can help you create a great first impression. It’s also vital for your health.
By eliminating the deposits of substances like calcium, plaque, and tartar from your mouth, a professional hygiene cleaning and polish dramatically reduces your risk of losing your teeth down the line.
If you are based in Hamilton and looking for a reliable, friendly, affordable dentist to get your teeth looking bright and shiny, Hamilton Family Dental is here for you. Please contact our team at07-9498492 or click here to book an appointment for teeth cleaning services with us today.