Oral hygiene is one of the most neglected aspects of an individual’s overall health. Ignoring your oral health can lead to a plethora of issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. At West 14 Dental, our dental hygienists offer teeth cleaning services to patients of all ages in Saskatoon.
When we say dental cleaning, we do not mean brushing and flossing your teeth at home. Although your daily oral hygiene regimen is very important, it is not enough to keep dental caries and periodontal disease at bay. Without a professional tooth cleaning, plaque can harden into calculus, discolor your teeth, spread infection to your gums and can lead to gum, bone and tooth loss.
Teeth cleaning performed by a dental hygienist in Saskatoon can help you get rid of all the tartar. Dentists recommend that a person should visit their dentist typically after every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning. The reasons for this are:
- So that we can detect problems that are hard to feel or see. Some dental issues do not result in pain and may be located in areas that cannot be easily seen.
- It also allows us to detect oral health issues in their early stages.
- A dental cleaning helps us to treat any other problem before it gets too big.
Depending on the condition of your mouth, teeth cleaning in Saskatoon can take 30 to 60 minutes. The procedure also involves various steps:
Our dental hygienist in Saskatoon will first examine your mouth to determine your oral health. Using a small mirror, we will look for signs of tooth decay, gum inflammation, tartar or other health issues. If these issues are discovered, we will move on towards the other steps.
Removal of Tartar
Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the surface of your tooth because of the reaction of sugary food with saliva that gives rise to bacterial growth. If not cleaned professionally, this plaque can harden into calculus, which can lead to gum disease. This tartar can be removed by using equipment called scalers, which scrape off the tartar from your tooth and from below the gum line.
Once the tartar has been removed, we will use a small electric toothbrush to clean your teeth. The toothpaste may have a gritty texture and will make a slight grinding noise against your teeth but that is normal. It is used to scrub and polish your teeth.
Although flossing daily at home is important, a professionally done flossing will go deep between your teeth and get rid of all the stuck food, debris or leftover plaque.
You will then be given a mouthwash to rinse out your mouth to get rid of any unwanted debris in your mouth.
Our dentists may also recommend you receive a fluoride treatment. We will place some flavored gel in a tray and fit it onto your teeth for a few minutes. The fluoride in the gel will help prevent the growth of bacteria for several months after the cleaning.
Deep Teeth Cleaning
A deep teeth cleaning is different from a regular dental hygiene procedure. It is an active treatment required for people who are suffering from periodontal disease and may require you to visit every two to four months.
Although some of us do think it is a hassle to get a dental cleaning every six months, the procedure is extremely important and will help you get optimal dental health. If you want to schedule an appointment with West 14 Dental, call us at +1-306-933-2114 today.