Oral hygiene is essential in maintaining a healthy body along with providing you with a confident, sparkling smile. Numerous studies have concluded that poor oral hygiene correlates with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory complications.
Your dental hygienist can catch any problems or concerns about your smile, cold/hot sensitivities, oral health issues, or general difficulties, early. This means regularly getting a professional cleaning by your hygienist and exam by your dentist at least two to three times a year. More often if you have gum tissue issues or medical issues, such as diabetes. Regular visits to your dental hygienist are the best form of preventive oral care. Going to get a professional cleaning and exam done two to three times a year might save you thousands of dollars later. If smaller problems are diagnosed and treated regularly, these should never turn into large problems later on.
The purpose of a dental cleaning is not only to clear tartar build up and bacterial deposits below gum-tissue nor is it only to make your teeth sparkle-an added benefit. The main purpose of a professional dental cleaning is for your hygienist to catch any problems in your oral health early on, and bring them to the attention of your dentist. Problems could vary from early cavities and decay to oral cancer.
At Milwaukee Dental Group our dental hygienists have a comprehensive four-step process to ensure the health of your smile.
Your professional dental cleaning starts with digital x-rays being taken to aid the dental hygienist and dentist in diagnosing any problems that may exist, then:
- Removal of tartar, calculus, and plaque- Using an ultrasonic cleaning device called a cavitron. The hygienist removes tartar, calculus and bacterial build-up above and below your gum tissue. Plaque deposits are bacterial colonies growing below and above the gum tissue, if left unattended it can cause inflammation and serious gum recession. Those with significant plaque deposits might need alternative treatments for their periodontal (gum) health.
- Teeth Polishing- Using a high intensity, jet air powered tool your hygienists will start to remove discoloration caused by stains and bacterial deposits that are hard to remove during normal brushing.
- Oral hygiene instructions- your hygienist will give you tips and will demonstrate the proper ways to brush and floss.
- Oral examination- after your hygienist has successfully completed your teeth cleaning and oral hygiene assessment your dentist will begin a thorough examination of your teeth. Using the digital x-rays already taken and special mirrors placed inside your mouth, your dentist will decide on a treatment plan best suited to make your teeth and oral health pristine. This is the best time to ask your dentist any questions or concerns you have regarding your oral health.