WHAT IS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF MAINTAINING ORAL HYGIENE?
The main objective of oral hygiene maintenance is to control the appearance of bacterial plaque, dental calculus and cavities.
Bacterial plaque is a sticky layer attached to the teeth that has a high content of bacteria and food debris.
Dental cavities are stains or cavities of bacterial origin that begin in the superficial part of the teeth (enamel) and that progress to the deepest tissues, causing serious problems in the teeth.
The dental calculus is the hardened soft plaque that is impossible to remove with a simple tooth brush or dental floss.
Your oral health is important
HOW TO MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGIENE?
To control the appearance of bacterial plaque, tartar or cavities it is vital to brush your teeth3 times a day, use dental floss to remove food debris stuck in places where the brush cannot access, and use mouthwash.
Dental cleaning (prophylaxis) will be performed during your visit to remove the remains of bacterial plaque and prevent it from hardening.
If necessary, a deep dental maintenance will be scheduled.
Visit the dentist
You should visit the dentist every 3 months to receive professional evaluation of the state of your teeth and gums.
Following these steps you can avoid and/or control most common oral diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis and dental caries.
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WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER TO KEEP YOUR GUMS AND TEETH HEALTHY?
At Park Avenue Dental Group we offer a comprehensive and complete service with professionals trained for these procedures.
The teeth and gums, by the course of normal physiological process, accumulate bacterial plaque.
By completing dental prophylaxis (or cleaning) we can eliminate part of that bacterial plaque and some extrinsic stains.
Performed with a rotating instrument containing a rubber brush or cup and prophy paste
Types and variations:
Full Mouth Debridement
When plaque, inflammation, or bacteria are present in your month, your hygienist will conduct this type of “cleaning” to remove the build-up and tartar to help inflammation to heal and check bone loss accurately.
This procedure is a “preparation” for a deep cleaning.
Scaling and Root Planning
When gums are bleeding, inflammation and bone loss are detected, and other symptoms are present (depending on the patient’s mouth condition), your hygienist will perform a Deep Cleaning or Scaling and Root Planning. Sometimes this “cleaning” is called “deep cleaning”.
This type of “cleaning” is done under local anesthesia and usually takes two appointments (Right Side and Left Side separately).Tartar build-up from underneath the gums and bone line that you cannot clean at home is removed by your hygienist with the special tools as much as possible to start a healing process of bone loss.
The bone will never grow back, but our primary goal is to make the gums strong enough to re-attach to the tooth, to prevent further bone loss, and eventually to prevent loss of teeth dues to periodontal disease.
Such “cleaning” is done once every two yearsand should be maintained with Periodontal Maintenance every 3-4 months.
If your hygienist and/or dentist determine that you have periodontal disease or inflammation (gingivitis) underneath your gums, you will be recommended to follow regular gum therapy such as Scaling and Root Planning with so called “periodontal maintenance”.
Such “cleaning” should be done every three to four months to fight bacteria and to control the inflammation. The cleaning experience is very similar to a Prophylaxis, but with shorter intervals of time. Active bacteria grows every ninety days and it cannot be 100% removed; however, it could be controlled by Perio- Maintenance every 3 months.
WHY IS GOOD ORAL HYGIENE SO IMPORTANT?
The teeth are attached to the jaws by supporting tissues, which include the gums, bones, cementum, and periodontal ligament.
When you do not perform good oral hygiene and do not visit the dentist every 3-4 months, irritating factors such as bacterial plaque and dental calculus spread to the deepest areas such as the roots, affecting all the supporting tissues.
The accumulation of tartar or dental calculus generates a bad smell in your mouth.
In addition, if your teeth are not brushed or sanitized regularly, they will present tooth decay.
– You must brush your teeth at least 3 times a day, with a suitable brush recommended by your treating dentist.
– Use dental floss properly to prevent food debris from accumulating between the teeth.
– Use a mouthwash.
What is a professional oral hygiene maintenance?
– Hygiene maintenance is performed in the dental office by experienced specialist
– hygienist or a dentist to control and prevent the accumulation of bacterial plaque and dental calculus.
– The dentist must evaluate the condition of each tooth and determine the ideal procedure necessary for your individual case.
What are the procedures indicated as professional oral hygiene?
– Dental prophylaxis: It is performed to remove soft plaque that contains food debris and the presence of bacteria.
– Deep cleaning: This procedure is indicated to remove dental calculus from teeth and roots.
How often should I have a professional hygiene maintenance?
We recommend that you visit your hygienist and or dentist every 6 months for regular cleaning (dental prophylaxis); every 3-4 months if you need periodontal maintenance and every 2 years or as your dentist recommends for the deepest cleaning – Scaling and Root Planning.
Is professional hygienic maintenance painful?
No, none of the procedures indicated for professional hygiene maintenance causes pain. There may be sensitivity during and a few hours after. In case of high sensitivity it can be done under local anesthesia.
Which professional should perform my hygienic maintenance?
Hygiene maintenance can be done by a dental hygienist or a general dentist.
If you have periodontal disease, you should be treated by a periodontist who specializes in diseases of the gums and the supporting tissues of the teeth.
In our office we have all the specialists available to you.
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