Oral cleaning in the office eliminates tartar and bacterial plaque
Dentist cleaning is called dental prophylaxis. At routine dental visits, prophylaxis is often necessary for a more thorough examination.
Depending on the amount, it may take several sessions to completely remove the tartar.
Prophylaxis is done by scraping, smoothing and polishing of teeth. This procedure can be done manually with suitable instruments, but can also be done using ultrasonic apparatus, bicarbonate jet or brushes and polishing rubbers. The procedure aims to remove stains, plaque and tartar.
With this care it is possible to prevent gum disease and also improve the appearance of the teeth, leaving them clean and shiny. When the surfaces of the teeth are polished it is more difficult to accumulate plaque, and consequently the formation of tartar.
Tartar and plaque are responsible for diseases such as gingivitis, caries and bad breath. Cleaning is an opportunity for the dentist to show the patient the areas where hygiene is deficient and also to teach how to use the brush and floss correctly.
If there is bleeding during cleaning, it does not mean that a gum injury has occurred, but that it is inflamed (gingivitis).
Many people stop using floss when the gums bleed because they think the thread is hurting. But what happens is that without the use of dental floss the plaque will accumulate under the gum, leaving it inflamed. That is why it becomes sensitive and bleeds easily. When tartar and plaque are removed and good daily hygiene is maintained, in a day or two the gingiva stops bleeding. If the bleeding persists, return to the dentist.
The older the tartar, the harder it adheres to the tooth, which makes removal difficult. Depending on the amount, it may take several sessions to completely remove the tartar. In cases where the gingival tissue is very sensitive and inflamed, anesthesia may be administered. When the amount of tartar is very large, the dentin that was covered by tartar may become tender after cleaning. This discomfort is quickly circumvented by application of fluoride and use of desensitizing toothpaste.
Consulting the dentist twice a year is recommended for those with healthy gums and low caries. Those who have periodontal disease, diabetes, high caries, prosthetics and / or orthodontic appliances need to be consulted more frequently. So, small problems can be detected and treated easily before they get worse.
Prophylaxis is important to help maintain the health of your mouth, not to mention that having clean teeth will give you a very good feeling!
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