The quality and health of your teeth depends on the quality of your oral hygiene. Neglecting the rules of profound hygiene provokes various dental problems, such as caries, stomatitis, pulpitis, periodontitis and more. Proper dental care involves periodic professional brushing. What is this procedure, to whom, when and how often is it needed?
About the procedure
Professional toothbrushing is a dental service, that gains more and more popularity today. The procedure is aimed at the correct and complete cleaning the entire surface of the tooth, including hard-to-reach spots. Your dental specialist removes plaque and tartar, accumulated with time.
Types of professional cleaning
Dentists may perform different types of cleanings such as:
Air Flow. The cleaning method involves using a stream of air under pressure in combination with a soda water solution. The method is painless and effective.
Ultrasonic tooth brushing. It allows you to thoroughly clean even inaccessible areas. For example, under the gums.
Laser cleansing. The technique allows you not only to remove plaque and tartar, but also to lighten enamel in several tones. Laser cleansing has the longest-lasting effect.
After removing plaque and stone, the surface of your teeth is polished with miniature brushes, rubber cups, and special pastes.
After cleaning and polishing, the teeth are coated with a protective fluorine-containing film (gel, varnish). This increases the stability of tooth enamel and is additional prevention of caries.
The dentist helps choose the appropriate brushing procedure, depending on the individual characteristics of the teeth, client preferences, the amount of plaque, etc.
Why is professional brushing so important?
Bacteria constantly accumulate on the tooth surface. Sometimes, a toothbrush just can't cope with the plaque in hard-to-reach spots. Professional cleaning in combination with daily thorough oral hygiene significantly reduces the risk of primary and secondary caries. It is equally important for those who already have caries, and for those who are not familiar with this problem.
In addition, professional brushing is important for the timely diagnosis of caries in the initial stages. After removing plaque and tartar, the dentist can better notice the darkening of the enamel and spots. If tartar and plaque are not removed in a timely manner, you can encounter other unpleasant consequences, such as:
- inflammation and bleeding of the gums;
- malnutrition of the tooth;
- periodontal disease;
- violations of the gastrointestinal tract;
- yellowing of teeth.
Indications for the procedure
Preventive professional brushing is recommended once every six months. The common factors that cause intensive plaque are nutrition, the composition of saliva, the state of the gastrointestinal tract, smoking, etc. Dark plaque is often formed on the teeth because of excessive coffee and black tea drinking. Thus, professional brushing is especially important in the following cases:
- the presence or suspicio of cavities n;
- the presence of soft or hard plaque;
- calculus deposition;
- inflammatory processes in the gums;
- the presence of implants, prostheses, braces and other structures;
- abuse of cigarettes, coffee and tea;
- children's age.
Contraindications for professional cleaning
It is recommended to postpone or choose an alternative option for dental care in the following cases:
- the presence of thinned and brittle tooth enamel;
- enamel erosion and gradual erasure of enamel;
- the presence of infectious diseases;
- allergic reactions to the materials used during the procedure.
Deep plaque and tartar cannot be completely cleaned only with a brush and paste, only special equipment in the hands of a professional can guarantee high-quality cleaning. The dentist consultation will help determine the type of professional tooth brushing and maintaining the results for a long period of time.