Need comfortable but thorough teeth cleaning in Las Vegas? Whether it’s been 6 months or 10 years since your last teeth cleaning, you can rely on the team at Dr J’s office to give you caring, personal care.
What is Teeth Cleaning?
Teeth cleaning is when you remove dental plaque from your teeth. The whole idea behind regular cleaning is to prevent cavities, but also gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Without regular teeth cleaning your gums will become inflamed and eventually infected, the plaque will harden into tartar, and you will develop more cavities and other complications. Please take care of your teeth by having regular dental cleanings!
How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?
If you have healthy gums it is recommended to have a professional cleaning every 6 months. This is the standard across the dental industry, and it has been proven to reduce cavities and all the negative effects of plaque. 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 until your body can heal and recover. Serious periodontal disease may call for meetings with a specialist who can diagnose and treat your condition beyond what a simple teeth cleaning can accomplish.
Can I Clean My Own Teeth?
People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and flossing, however, 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.
If your mouth is healthy and clean, you will not see any bleeding of the gums while brushing and flossing. If you notice bleeding while brushing, that is a 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.
Teeth Cleaning with Braces
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.
Should I Brush Hard or Soft to Clean My Teeth?
Many times you can actually harm your teeth and gums by being too aggressive with the brush. When that happens the gums begin to recede or pull away from your teeth. 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. BRUSH SOFTLY, and avoid “hard” or “firm” tooth brushes. Just use a soft one for a longer time if needed.
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.