Good oral hygiene is vital to your overall health. Good habits can help prevent serious issues like pulp exposure, which means you'll need root canal therapy, or tooth loss, which is fixed by getting a dental implant. Dr. Marshall Lyall and Dr. Ron Kondoff, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentists, recommend professional cleanings to ensure proper dental care.
Professional teeth cleaning needs vary from one person to another. A dental hygienist examines your oral tissues to determine which areas need the most cleaning.
They will use an ultrasonic scaler or curettes to remove any plaque from around your teeth surfaces. Plaque is a result of acid-producing bacteria that accumulates on teeth and around gums. An ultrasonic scaler, a hand-held tool with a tiny tip, vibrates at a high frequency to break up hardened deposits of plaque. Then a constant stream of liquid cools the tip and washes away plaque debris.
Sometimes curettes are used instead because they easily fit around and between teeth. Professional cleanings ensure removal of stubborn plaque, with the final step involving a low-speed rotary brush that polishes your now clean teeth.
You need to visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning, but, in addition to professional cleanings, your Virginia Beach dentists advise:
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas, like molars.
- Floss at least once before bed, and make sure to floss between every tooth and areas between teeth and gums.
- Fluoride treatment may also prevents issues like gum disease and tooth decay and repairs teeth if used topically, which is when it's applied directly on teeth like with toothpastes and mouthwash, or systemically, which is when fluoride is ingested by drinking or eating food and water that contain fluoride.
If you have any questions or concerns about professional cleanings, just call Dr. Lyall and Dr. Kondoff, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentists at (757) 493-8100 today!