Dental cleaning is an important part of tooth maintenance

Dental cleaning is an important part of tooth maintenance
April 07 18:33 2016 Print This Article

Dental cleaningDental cleaning is a specialized process of eradicating plaque which is a soft and sticky bacteria infested layer and tartar deposits that have built up on the enamel of the teeth over time with no proper care. The teeth are constantly being layered in saliva whose major component is calcium and other stuffs that help in strengthening and shielding our teeth. Although this is a good quality, it also means that the teeth are getting an accumulation of calcium sediments. This crumbly layer will in due course build up over time, like a lime coating. Generally it is the colour of the tooth and can also be mistaken as a part of the teeth, but in extreme cases it turns brown and then black.

If the tartar is permitted to collect on the teeth it will sadly provide a thriving surface for bacteria and also harm the gums. The reason of the cleanups and polishing is fundamentally to let the surfaces of the teeth remain hygienic and even so that the bacteria is ineffectual in sticking to the enamel and also keep it easy during the clean ups at home. The cleanup keeps the teeth feeling beautiful, hygienic and smooth which is a nice feeling when the tongue runs around them. A professional dental cleaning is required over a regular period of time to gum diseases.

The dentist makes the use of specific apparatus’ to mildly eliminate the deposits without harming the gums and teeth. The first tool used is an ultrasonic apparatus that sends an itching vibration to blow loose the bigger pieces of tartar. It then, sprays a cold drizzle of water while working on to cleanse away the debris additionally keeping the area at a suitable temperature. This tool usually emits a high pitched buzzing sound. The tips are rounded and smoothed as their aim is to knock the tartar and has to be kept in movement around the teeth. With bigger deposits that are harder it generally takes more time to remove them. Hence the cleaning may take longer than upcoming cleanings. Once the bigger pieces of tartar are removed, the up next tools like curettes etc. are used to get rid of minor deposits and smoothens the tooth surface. These tools are fashioned to go with the curvatures of the teeth. They permit the smaller tartar deposits to be eradicated by cautiously rubbing them off with a mild and moderate amount of force.

Once all the surfaces are cleansed, the work begins on polishing the teeth which is done by a slow hand device whose speed is very low. The tool has a very soft rubbery cup that whirls on the tip. Next a paste known as prophylaxis which has a gritty material is applied around the teeth to make them shiny and sparkly. The next procedure is to apply fluoride which comes in many different flavours like mint, chocolate, strawberry etc. It has to be kept in mind that this fluoride treatment is meant for application on the surfaces of the teeth only and should not be swallowed as it can give a stomach ache since it is not meant to be consumed. This gel is then kept in tiny and plastic foam trays and applied over the teeth surface for 30 seconds. Later on, the patient is supposed to spit out the gel into a saliva ejector. Fluoride helps to toughen the teeth since the acids from the germs in the tartar and plaque will have weakened the surfaces. It is best not to eat, drink or wash the mouth for the next half an hour after the fluoride has been applied.

Many people find that cleaning processes are trouble-free and unproblematic, and find the sensations that have been explained above like the tickling feeling, the cold mist of water, and the pressure during the scraping out of the tartar do not cause pain and uneasiness. According to survey, many people have even claimed that they actually take pleasure in the cleanings as they benefit a lot from these as the teeth become nice and polished and look good after a cleaning. Though, there may be a little weird zingy feeling, but since it lasts only last a nanosecond it is hardly noticeable and hence people don’t mind the little weird sensation.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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