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Our Teeth Cleaning Procedures & Benefits

At Deer Creek Dental, our dentist offers teeth cleaning services using high quality tools and products to ensure you receive quality service. If you are not familiar with the professional teeth cleaning process, this article will help you understand all you need to know.

Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist office to get your teeth cleaned. Some advantages are as follows: 


Tooth Loss Prevention
When plaque buildup is left unattended, it also results in gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. If gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support in the jaw.

Improved Health

Numerous studies have determined that there is a link between overall health and oral health. Regular teeth cleaning from our qualified dentist can result in reducing your risk of various diseases.

Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleaning means improved oral health. Good oral health means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.

Brighter Smile

The stains on your teeth are typically caused by of tobacco usage, wine, tea and coffee. However, these stains can be removed with the help of teeth cleaning which leaves your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and more beautiful smile.

Cavities Prevention

Plaque, a white film that covers your teeth, is one of the major reasons of tooth decay. This is an acidic substance that starts eating away the enamel. If it is not removed regularly, the buildup results in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps in eliminating plaque to prevent cavities.

The Process of Teeth Cleaning

If you are not familiar with the professional dental cleaning process, below you will find the different steps.    


Examination
Our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified, and further tests would be recommended if any issues are found. The dentist may also ask for your dental history and whether you have undergone a recent dental treatment. Once the examination has been done, the dentist will move on to start the process of teeth cleaning.


Removal of Tartar and Plaque

Any teeth cleaning process would start with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process might take longer if you haven’t gotten your teeth cleaned professionally in a while. Plaque is usually reduced with regular brushing and flossing, but it doesn’t completely get eliminated.

Polishing

After the tartar and plaque has been removed, our dentist will start polishing your teeth using toothpaste.

Flossing

Our dentist will start flossing your teeth. This step might feel unnecessary to you if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually important in the cleaning process. Flossing will help in remove any leftover debris and plaque that was missed in the first two steps of teeth cleaning.

Rinsing and Fluoride Application

Lastly, our dentist will rinse your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride treatment.

Types of Cleaning

You should know about the different types of teeth cleaning. Typically, when you visit the dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, you might need a different cleaning procedure depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health. Following are the different types of teeth cleaning:

Regular Cleaning
A regular cleaning is also known as prophylaxis, and it is a preventive process in which our dentist eliminates stains, tartar and plaque from your teeth. The teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by the dentist to be done in regular intervals, once or twice annually depending on your oral health.

Deep Cleaning
This type of cleaning is also called root planing and scaling. This teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, x-rays showing loss of teeth support and/or identification of deep gum pockets.

Full Mouth Debridement
In rare cases, when there is drastic tartar and plaque buildup making it difficult to even finish up an oral examination, our dentist might recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth.

Periodontal Maintenance
This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by the dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. This process may be continued in different intervals per the directions of our dentist after determining your oral health.

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning
Every person has certain consumption routine that impacts their oral health. Therefore, the suitable interval between each teeth cleaning can only be decided once our dentist carries out a thorough examination of your oral health.


What to Do After the Cleaning

Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visiting our dental office, it should be ongoing. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to ensure your good oral health. Once you have your teeth cleaning done, it is important that you follow the aftercare advice and suggestions by our dentist.

Here are some tips that can help you in improving your oral health:

Teeth Brushing Tips

Our dentist will suggest brushing your teeth twice a day to protect your teeth.

Following are useful tips to brush your teeth effectively:

  • It is best to keep your brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line. Brush gently in the area where your gum and teeth meet to the edge of your teeth.
  • Avoid harsh brushing as it can be harmful for both your gums and teeth.
  • Ensure that the same method of brushing is done all over your teeth.
  • Make sure you brush the back of both your top and bottom teeth.
  • Always brush your tongue as well as the top of your mouth in forward sweeping motion. This helps in eliminating the bacteria from the mouth.
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes.

​Flossing Tips

Our dentist recommends the use of dental floss at least once every day; however, it is best to floss each time after you brush your teeth. Here are some useful tips for flossing:  

  • The flossing strip should be about 18 inches long to properly floss your teeth.
  • Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around your middle fingers of both hands.
  • Always begin flossing from the top of the teeth and then move to the bottom.
  • Utilize your index finger to put the strip between your teeth. Avoid pushing hard as it can harm your gums.
  • Use the clean part of the floss strip for every other teeth.

Flossing regularly will help in ensuring your professional teeth cleaning and polishing processes last longer.   


Rinsing Tips
Proper mouth rinse is needed to remove any debris left after the regular teeth cleaning. 

  • It is best to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to leave it fresh and bacteria free. 
  • Opt for a mouthwash which is both antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities and other issues. 
  • You can rinse after or even before you begin cleaning your teeth. 
  • Make sure you swish your preferred mouthwash for around 30 seconds to fully benefit from it.

It is important to get your teeth cleaned in order to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Book your appointment at 636-240-0115 in O'Fallon, Missouri, and check out our quality services. Our dentist will answer all your concerns and questions to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Call us at 636-240-0115 for an appointment or come to our office right away. Our dentist will be at your service.