Plaque removal is very important in preventing dental caries and periodontal diseases. But what is dental plaque? It is a bacterial film that adheres to the tooth surface or denture, resulting in the development of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
San Diego Dentist recommends removing plaque to stop dental caries and periodontal diseases. Plaque can be removed from the tooth surface by both mechanical and chemical means. Mechanical plaque control can be done using a tooth brush and inter-dental cleaning equipment while dental scaling and polishing can also remove dental plaque. The chemical method of plaque removal can be done using anti plague agents and antimicrobial agents. Anti plague agents are in the form of liquids and paste that remove plaque when applied on the tooth.
Tips for Cleaning Teeth
San Diego Dentist recommends cleaning your teeth by brushing twice a day: once in the morning and once before going to bed is enough to prevent plaque retention. Use a soft bristle tooth brush and fluoride tooth paste to brush your teeth. Fluoride containing tooth paste prevents dental caries formation in areas where the tooth brush can’t reach.
The amount of plaque removed from the tooth doesn’t depend on which tooth paste you’re using but depends on the brushing technique. Brush all surfaces of your teeth properly, clean inside and outside surfaces thoroughly and finally brush the chewing surfaces. Take at least 5 to 10 minutes to brush your teeth and change your tooth brush after every 3 to 6 months as using it for a long time reduces the cleaning efficiency.
San Diego Dentist recommends flossing your teeth daily to stop plaque from forming between teeth. Applying some toothpaste on the dental floss will produce excellent results. Waxed dental floss is better as it prevents injuries to the gums which cause bleeding.
Cleaning Teeth and Children
Start cleaning the baby’s teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth. Clean baby’s teeth with a damp clean cloth and wipe on the tooth surface. Those children who drink bottle milk have more chances of dental caries, so their teeth should be cleaned before going to bed. Do not use toothpaste before 18 months of age.
Saliva normally protects the teeth but its production drops at night. So it is particularly important to clean teeth well after the last food or drink of the day.
Unfortunately, cleaning teeth can be a battle when it comes to dealing with toddlers. Children consume lot of candy and require maintaining good hygiene when compared to adults. We can make brushing an exciting activity for kids by letting them shop for their own brush and tooth paste. There are a wide range of children’s tooth brushes available, including some based on cartoon characters and others that change color.
San Diego Dentist recommends using a tooth paste suitable for small children and trying different flavors. For example many children dislike peppermint and other strong flavors. Create a game out of it like pretend their mouth is a tunnel and the brush is a train, or sing a funny song. Reward them after they brush their teeth and brushing will automatically becomes a habit later.
Parents need to supervise the use of toothpaste and tooth brushing by their young children. Children need to be assisted while brushing until they are 8 to 9 years old. When children start using toothpaste, it’s better to use fluoride tooth paste which prevents dental caries. Only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a pea or less) should be put onto the toothbrush. The child should be assisted with the tooth paste otherwise they may swallow it. Keep toothpaste tubes out of the reach of children.
No matter how tired you are at night, it is important to clean your teeth before going to bed.
Contact your San Diego dentist to remove plaque and prevent dental caries and periodontal diseases.
Daily oral hygiene is vital in preventing gum disease. Brushing and flossing are vital in keeping teeth free from plaque-generating bacteria.
Deep Tooth Cleaning by San Diego Dentist
When there are deep pockets along the tooth roots due to bone recession it is impossible for the patient to properly clean and keep the gum tissue free of inflammation. A deep cleaning is necessary to remove the inflammation and debris and sometimes this would be done prior to gum surgery.
When do you need a periodontal treatment?
Here are the recommendation of San Diego Dentists about periodental treatment:
Periodontal treatment should be done on a regular basis as part of your regular checkup plan. Regular cleaning, when combined with good oral hygiene, will improve the overall health of your teeth and gums. If regular care has not been done and the patient does not have good oral hygiene practices, more intense periodontal procedures may be required to return the gums to a healthy state.
Left untreated, periodontal disease will result in the loss of bone and eventually your natural teeth.
Testimonial of a deep cleaning patient
I just had a deep cleaning on three quadrants by Dr. Sonny Aryan, San Diego Dentist Paacific Beach. If you are told you need it, it’s because they need to get beneath the gums where you cannot reach with dental floss or toothbrush and where your regular hygienist usually doesn’t go when you get your teeth cleaned biannually. It didn’t hurt for me. In fact, I felt like my gums were getting massaged, and I liked that feeling. If your gums/teeth are more sensitive than mine, you can get anesthetic applied. I would definitely recommend doing it to guard against further decay and gum disease. If you don’t do it, you take the risk of bacteria continuing to build, possible inflammation and tenderness, and then your body’s immune system reacting to the presence of bacteria. I have also had periodontal surgery, and you don’t want to go there!
To schedule a dental examination or teeth cleaning appointment, call San Diego Dentist Pacific Beach.
What to expect after a Deep Cleaning
The following information has been provided by Dr. Aryan, dentist San Diego:
- You may experience some cold and heat sensitivity (especially after deep cleaning).
- If you have received anesthesia do not eat anything until the numbness has worn off.
- Continue your regular brushing and flossing.
- Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but if you experience any excessive bleeding call our office.