Teeth cleaning involve the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
If you have healthy gums it is recommended to have a professional cleaning (or prophy) done every 6 months at our Las Vegas dental office. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontal disease you may need to be seen by Dr. J more often to treat or control the existing condition.
People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and flossing, and dental hygienists can remove hardened deposits (tartar) not removed by routine cleaning. If you follow good oral hygiene techniques at home you should have no gum disease and minimal tartar build up.
In this case you will not see any bleeding of the gums while brushing (sign of gingivitis or periodontal disease). Good oral hygiene techniques include brushing and flossing 2-3 times a day. Dr. J recommends the use of an electric tooth brush such as Sonicare or Oral-B.
For children and young adults it is recommended to have Flouride treatment along with their cleaning every 6 months. Keep in mind that gingivitis is very common in young adults due to lack of good oral hygiene and it is extremely important to treat this condition early before it turns into a more serious problem such as periodontal disease. Children must visit the dentist every 6 months.
Having braces and cleaning your teeth is very difficult that is why it is even more important to follow the instructions of proper brushing and flossing during your orthodontic treatment. The gums may become puffy, red and with bleeding if you don’t properly clean your teeth and braces. Your orthodontist will not be happy to see this and may stop your treatment until your gums are back to a more healthy state.
Many times you can actually harm your teeth and gums by being too aggressive with the brush. Recession of the gums causes the gums to be pushed away or recede. This can cause sensitivity of the teeth and if it becomes severe can lead to tooth loss, a gum graft may be necessary in severe cases. Tooth brush abrasion is when brushing too hard on the side of the teeth creates a crater and causes sensitivity.
In extreme cases treatment is needed such as dental fillings in the area with composite or even a root canal or crown may be necessary. Our Dentist will give you proper instructions to follow to prevent damage to the teeth and gums. A soft bristle tooth brush is usually recommended by Dr. Jafarifar.