Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well. Oral health problems such as gum infections and periodontal disease are related to heart disease, stroke and preterm and even low birth weight. Having dental exams and cleanings twice a year can prevent these and many other health problems.
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Scaling is a common non-surgical treatment for removal of infected deposits – stains, plaque or calculus – from the tooth surface. These deposits if not removed lead to tender, swollen or bleeding gums (gingivitis). If left to progress further, it can lead to further deterioration of the gums and supporting tooth structures. Such a condition is called periodontists or pyorrhea.
The tendency for these deposits to form depends on various factors like diet, quality/quantity of saliva formed, oral hygiene habits etc. These factors vary from person to person and so, even though you may be brushing twice daily, you may still require regular cleaning.
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There are two ways to scale teeth.
- Hand scalers – These come in different sizes and shapes, to reach different parts of your teeth. This is why you will see the hygienist changing instruments quite often.
- Electric scalers – These use very fast vibration with water. The water is sucked out of your mouth. A hand scaler is used to clean the teeth completely.
For polishing, your hygienist will use a rotating brush or rubber polisher with toothpaste.Scaling cleans above and below the gums. If you have gum disease, scaling needs to be deeper, around the roots of the teeth.This is called ‘root planing’. Your hygienist may give you a local anesthesia to make it more comfortable.
Your dental hygienist will tell you about the best way to clean your teeth and gums thoroughly at home.
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If there are only superficial deposits, it is not painful. If there are deep deposits, usually a local anesthetic spray/gel is applied on your gums before the procedure and hence you would not experience any pain.
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There may be slight bleeding as the plaque and calculus usually cause gum inflammation and touching highly inflamed gums can cause bleeding.
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It must be emphasized again that scaling of teeth does not weaken them but prevents gum diseases which bring about bleeding gums and if not checked leading to more serious and extensive gum problems.
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No. Professional cleaning of teeth just removes surface stains and deposits and does not in any way cause damage to the tooth structure.
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If you would like to schedule a consultation to find out if scaling is necessary, call our offices 080-26540009/7676719103 or click here to schedule an appointment online.
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Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems later on, such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Having checkups and cleanings twice a year can prevent these problems from happening in the future.
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Some of the most important reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis are:
- To Prevent Gum Disease-bleeding
- To Maintain Good Oral Health-no smell
- To Help Detect Oral Cancer
- To Have A Healthy Smile
- To Help Maintain Good Overall Health
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Recovery time is generally not necessary; however, any numbing of the mouth used for more comprehensive examination or procedures will take a couple of hours to wear off.
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Usually dental treatments are avoided during the first and third trimesters. Some procedures like cleaning, fillings etc. can be performed during the second trimester (i.e. 3-6mos). But, in general, dental treatments are best delayed until after the pregnancy. Post delivery its absolutely safe to get any dental treatment done.
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You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have them perform a full hygiene treatment on your gums and teeth. A comprehensive exam is also taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring. The professional cleaning of teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is needed periodically to reduce plaque buildup and maintain your oral health.
Daily cleaning of your teeth, gums, and tongue, combined with bi-annual check-ups helps keep harmful bacteria and microbes from creating tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections. Consistent dental hygiene is also important in helping you stay healthy, especially if you have risk factors such as diabetes.
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Following these steps can ensure good dental hygiene in between dentist visits:
- Proper Brushing At Least Twice Per Day
- Flossing At Least Once Per Day
- Using Mouthwash With Brushing And Flossing
- Cleaning Your Tongue With A Professional Tongue Cleaner
- Avoiding Tobacco Products
- Limiting Sodas, Coffee, And Alcohol Consumption
- Consuming Calcium For Bone Health