Oral hygiene can do more than give you a clean feeling after you brush. It can also help you improve your smile and may even be the difference between maintaining your oral health and losing your teeth prematurely. At Jane Clair Dental, we provide both routine and intensive oral hygiene services.
Why Routine Cleanings Are Crucial to Your Dental Health
Your dentist strongly recommends routine cleanings for two main reasons. First, cleaning gets rid of the plaque on your teeth that can cause cavities. Along with good oral hygiene at home, cleanings are among the best ways to prevent decay. Second, your dentist can do a more thorough examination of your teeth during your routine dental checkup if the teeth are clean.
How Your Dental Hygienist Cleans Your Teeth
Dental cleanings are usually painless and take only a short time to complete. Your dental hygienist takes care to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Ordinarily, you don’t need anesthetic for routine cleanings. However, if you have a severe dental phobia, we can discuss ways sedation dentistry can make the procedure more relaxing for you. While cleaning your teeth, your dental hygienist uses a hand scaler or an ultrasound tool to scrape away plaque from your teeth. Finally, he or she polishes the teeth so plaque won’t stick to them after the cleaning
Deep Cleaning Procedures – Why and How
In certain circumstances, you might need a more intense deep-cleaning procedure. Deep cleaning is often the first choice for gum disease treatment. The dentist may give you an injection of local anesthetic to prepare you for the deep cleaning. Next, the dentist uses hand tools, an ultrasound tool or a laser to scrape away plaque and tartar down below your gumline. After the treatment, you need to take good care of your dental hygiene to gain the most benefit from the deep cleaning.
The Importance of Patient Education
Our dentists don’t assume you know how to take care of your teeth. Perhaps your prior dentists have failed to educate you on the best ways to brush and floss your teeth, the types of foods that can help or hurt your dental health, and how to know if you need to make a special appointment for dental work. Our dentist and dental hygienist provides you with all the education you need to do your part in keeping your teeth clean and healthy. We are committed to making sure you have the information necessary to make the best choices for your dental care both at home and in our offices.