2 Benefits of Having Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

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There is so much information out there about dental hygiene that sometimes finding out what's best for you and your teeth can be a confusing business. It's important to remember that good dental health begins at home with your daily tooth care regime. However, oral care doesn't end there. Professional dental cleaning should form part of your tooth care. Below is a guide to the benefits of professional dental cleaning.

Plaque removal 

Contrary to popular myth, professional cleaning does not weaken or damage your teeth. The tools used during the clean are specially designed to scrape off plaque and tartar build up without damaging your teeth. 

These tools are also able to remove higher levels of plaque than regular brushing or even home interdental brushes. Your dentist works on every surface of the teeth during a clean, reducing the risk of plaque accumulation (which can lead to gum disease). Getting your teeth and gums clear of plaque and tartar also allows your dentist to spot and treat any early signs of gum disease. 

Hardened food removal 

If you think that brushing and flossing well are enough, think again. Some food debris—when hardened onto the tooth—cannot be removed without professional tools. If left untreated, this can lead to bacteria build-up, bad breath, and gum disease. 

There are good aesthetic reasons for a dental clean as well. Particularly stubborn stains that you are unable to lift with brushing can be targeted during a professional clean, and a professional polish will leave your teeth pearly and radiant in a way that simple brushing is unable to achieve. 

And finally, a professional clean is not just a clean; it is also a mini check-up. While cleaning your teeth, your dentist will also look for any potential signs of gum disease or tooth damage and assess the status of your oral hygiene. They will then make any necessary recommendations for further procedures you may need or alterations you could make to improve your tooth care. 

Professional cleaning is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth. Not only can it allow the prevention of gum disease and tooth damage but it makes your teeth look and feel better than regular brushing. If you have not had a professional clean for a while or if you have any other concerns about your dental health, make an appointment with your dentist or hygienist today, such as those found at Jeffcott Dental Clinic.


19 October 2016

Teeth And Tears: Dental Dramas Of A School Nurse

I have worked as a school nurse for decades. Children come to me with all sorts of scrapes and bumps and bruises. Black eyes from playing football, sprained wrists from falling off the monkey bars and stomachaches from too many sweets are common complaints. However, the issue that seems to cause the greatest angst is tooth problems. Sometimes a child will have a second tooth knocked out when playing sport and parents arrive in tears. At other times, children come to my office crying because their friends are teasing them about teeth that are discoloured or stick out. I take an active interest in the latest dental news so that I can give parents and children comfort and advice. I have included some of my collected wisdom on these pages. Perhaps this information can help you understand some options when faced with a dental problem. Thank you for reading.