This article provides an overview of a professional oral cleaning and what the importance of receiving such preventative healthcare is.
Breaking news from Colorado dentists: “You don’t actually have to brush all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!”
Unfortunately, health tends to be one of those things we take for granted. In our youth, we indulge our whims freely without much thought of consequences. It is only as we get older that the first signs of aging remind us that we are indeed mortal and need to look after ourselves if we are to lead a long and healthy life. Your teeth and gums are an integral part of what makes your smile beautiful, say Colorado dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, which in turn plays a fundamental role in attraction. And yet, the maintenance of proper oral health and hygiene is, in most cases, neglected. You should not only be brushing and flossing every single day, say Colorado dentists; you should also be coming in for professional examinations and cleanings every six months. In this article, we shall be explaining what ‘prophylaxis’ is and the importance it plays in preserving a healthy and youthful smile and in preventing the need for implant teeth.
Colorado Dentists: About Prophylaxis
‘Prophylaxis’ is really the technical term for routine cleanings that are carried out by dental hygienists or Colorado dentists. These sessions are primarily designed to remove accumulations and deposits of harmful oral bacteria, otherwise known as plaque and tartar, from the surface of the teeth. Why is this necessary when a toothbrush is designed to do exactly the same thing? The important difference between home oral hygiene routine and prophylaxis is that the latter is thorough in its removal of bacteria. The bottom line, explains Colorado dentists, is that brushing and flossing only goes so far in combating the bacteria that cause oral ailments such as gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease; ailments that in turn cause tooth loss and the need for implant teeth. A professional teeth cleaning removes soft and hard deposits of bacteria (plaque and tartar respectively) beneath the gum line and between the teeth before it has a chance to cause infection. A professional cleaning also effectively treats inflammation, pain-free, with the use of an ultrasonic instrument.
Colorado Dentists: What You Can Expect from a Professional Clean
Beyond the thorough removal of bacteria from those hard-to-reach places in the mouth, Colorado dentists also strive to send patients home with a more sophisticated understanding of what it takes to preserve great oral health and avoid ever needing implant teeth. There are three fundamental components to this:
- Home oral hygiene: Your session in the dentist’s chair will include instructions on how to brush and floss properly.
- Nutritional analysis: Your diet is pivotal to your general and oral health. With advice from Colorado dentists, you can change the eating habits that could lead to the early demise of your teeth, which would see you requiring the placement of implant teeth!
- Risk assessment: Your risk for gum disease and cavities will also be assessed. Certain medications, lifestyle habits and even your medical history can heavily influence your risk of oral infection, disease and tooth loss. Even pregnancy and menopause render women more susceptible to oral infection, say Colorado dentists. By understanding the risks, you can take the necessary precautions to prevent infection, tooth loss and the need for implant teeth.
A prophylaxis may also include a fluoride varnish, which is highly effective in preventing decay in both children and adults, say Colorado dentists. It may also include the placement of dental seals; strong tooth-colored, plastic cement in regions of the tooth crown that contain deep, but natural fissures and creases, such as in chewing surface of the molars. This prevents bacteria from establishing a foothold in these hard-to-reach places. In conjunction with a thorough home oral hygiene routine, these measures can keep your teeth and gums in excellent lifelong condition, say Colorado dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull!