The Importance of Professional Teeth Cleanings
By Milford Dental Group
July 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you in need of a dental cleaning? Well, look no further. Your Milford, MA, dentist can help you.

Sometimes brushing and flossing aren't enough. Cavities may form when plaque accumulates. This acid-producing bacteria breaks down smilethe enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth, and further exposes your teeth. A professional cleaning is a preventative measure that stops decay in its early stages and cleans teeth so they feel and look smooth and clean.
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Professional Teeth Cleanings

Dental cleanings can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Your Milford dentist will examine your teeth, diagnose any disease you may have, such as gum disease, then a hygienist will perform the dental cleaning. If there's gum disease, also known as gingivitis, you'll need a deep cleaning to help resolve the issue and induce healing.
 

Professional Cleaning

A special set of tools are specifically designed to clean teeth are used. The dental hygienist first evaluates your oral health. Then they'll use a hand-held ultrasonic scaler, also called a curette, to remove plaque off tooth surfaces while a constant stream of liquid cools the tool's tip and washes away the debris. The final step consists of the hygienist using a slightly gritty, toothpaste-like gel, to smoothen and shine teeth.
 

Sealants

Sealants fill in grooves and cracks to prevent bacteria from entering teeth. Your dentist cleans and dries your tooth, then applies an acid gel on the surface of the tooth, opening tooth pores, then exposes teeth to a special blue light that'll harden the sealant.
 

Keeping Good Oral Health

  • Change your toothbrush when bristles fray.
  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages.
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris
  • Eat fruits and vegetables.

If you have any questions or concerns, call your Milford, MA, dentist today!

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