Professional Teeth Cleaning: True or False PART II

A teeth cleaning by a professional is a well-known practice for maintaining good oral health. Today we are discussing some myths and truths regarding this treatment. A Professional Teeth Cleaning includes the following:
  1. Scaling – Removal of dental plaque and microbial biofilm from teeth.
  2. Root planning – Scaling of the tooth’s root below gum level.
  3. Teeth Polishing – Helps to prevent oral diseases. Note: Polishing does not remove calculus, but only some plaque and staining, and should therefore be done only in conjunction with scaling.

Brushing several times a day reduces plaque formation.

NOT TRUE! It’s all about the quality (not the quantity). It is not the number of times that counts but the quality of polish! First, select a small head brush that covers two teeth at most with soft fiber bristles and rounded edges. Make sure you know the best technique to brush your teeth (you can read our blog post here or watch this video to learn more). After brushing use a mouthwash that contains fluoride and antiseptic substances to help strengthen teeth and eliminate some of the bacteria present in the mouth. It should be noted that increased brushing may cause damage such as erosion of the enamel (dental materials), and erosion of the gums. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, three times if possible. If you brush less often, you may increase your chance of gingivitis and other dental problems. Good brushing should last a minimum of two minutes!

Regular dental hygienist treatments significantly extend the life of teeth.

TRUE! Studies have shown that patients who come regularly for treatment by a dental hygienist or dentist, according to the recommendations given to them, lose about 50% fewer teeth in a period of 20 years, compared to patients not visiting a hygienist or dentist. Scaling and root planning is not only beneficial to patients with chronic periodontitis (gum disease that has advanced past gingivitis), but also for healthier people for whom regular cleanings can prevent periodontitis. If diagnosed early, while it is still in the gingivitis stage, gum disease can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis may follow. Regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and dental cleanings, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.

You should professionally clean your teeth only if your gums are painful or bleeding.

NOT TRUE! Teeth cleanings are a preventive measure against periodontal disease, cavities, and damage caused by smoking and bad breath. A teeth cleaning is a procedure for the removal of tartar that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing – especially in areas that are difficult to reach with routine tooth-brushing. Therefore, there is no need to wait for pain, bleeding and tooth sensitivity; avoid a painful mouth by being proactive! Just for Your Information… For a limited time, if you book a Teeth Cleaning you will also receive a Goodie Bag that includes: A new Toothbrush, Tooth Floss, and Tooth Paste! All the tools you need to maintain a healthy mouth on a daily basis! Read more in our blog Professional Teeth Cleaning: True or False PART I

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