Teeth should be brushed twice each day for two-minutes with a soft- bristled brush. The brush should be replaced if the bristles are frayed. Use short gentle strokes and pay extra attention to the gum line and back teeth. To gain the best oral health possible, it is important to brush your tongue as well as your teeth.
A filling is a way to restore a decayed tooth back to its normal function and shape. The decay is removed; the area is cleaned and then filled with a composite resin or other material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.
Daily flossing between teeth with dental floss prevents the buildup of plaque, early gum inflammation (gingivitis) and tooth decay. Tooth decay-causing bacteria can still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is done during a routine cleaning using ultraviolet light to pinpoint any potential problems. The goal is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure.
Scaling & Root Planing
To scale and plane teeth a deep cleaning below the gum line is needed where plaque and tartar accumulate and cause gum disease (gingivitis). If left untreated, gum disease could lead to infection, bone and tooth loss. Bleeding during brushing are signs of gum disease.
During a teeth cleaning a dental hygienist starts with a physical exam of the mouth then checks teeth and gums for any signs of inflamed gums, cancer, or other potential concerns. Teeth are scaled to remove plaque, and tartar then flossed and polished. The dentist checks your teeth after the cleaning. Teeth should be cleaned every six months.