Teeth cleaning and dental hygiene visits are an integral part of any good oral health care regimen. At St. Mary’s Dental a dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque (soft, sticky bacteria-infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.
Dental Hygiene Plaque Removal
Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva, which has calcium and other substances that protect teeth, but also allows deposits to accumulate on teeth.
This chalky material builds up over time like lime scale in a tea kettle. Usually, it is tooth-colored. Yet, over time the color will turn from brown to black. If this calculus is allowed to remain on your it causes your body to respond negatively, which eats away the gum and bone support around your teeth—leading to periodontal (or gum) disease.
The purpose of your dental cleanings is to clean and smooth the tooth surfaces so the bacteria are not able to stick to them. A professional cleaning by your dentist or hygienist is called a prophy. Prophylaxis comes from a Greek word, prophylaktikós, which means “to prevent beforehand”—in this case, to prevent gum disease and cavities.
Teeth Cleaning At Home
While the professional dental cleaning Mechanicsville residents need for healthy smiles is always available at St. Mary’s Dental, there’s another important component to your oral hygiene: you. Brushing your teeth twice every day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing your teeth once a day is critical to your overall oral health and the appearance of your smile.
The question is—are you brushing and flossing correctly? To make sure that you are, here are some tips for at-home dental cleaning and oral health care:
Proper Teeth Brushing
Dental Flossing Techniques
Schedule Your Dental Hygiene visit Today
To schedule professional teeth cleaning in Mechanicsville, contact St. Mary’s Dental. Dr. McCray, Dr. Demer, and their staff a waiting to give you a fresh and healthy smile! Also serving Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall.