Professional teeth cleaning

WHY HAVE MY TEETH CLEANED?

A white sticky substance (bacterial plaque) begins to accumulate on our teeth. It collects at the gum line. Eventually, plaque hardens on your teeth into calcium deposits called tarter(calculus) If left to develop the bacterial plaque causes inflammation of our gums(gingivitis) and over a long period of time it destroys the underlying bone(periodontal disease). Most people are unaware they have gum disease as it is usually painless.

Signs and Symptoms:
- Red swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Abscess
- Risk factors for gum disease- smoking, and smokeless tobacco
- Ineffective brushing and flossing
- Stress
- Poor nutrition
- Hormones

Studies have linked the bacteria in our mouths to our overall health. Risks of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke are elevated with poor oral health

WHAT IS POLISHING AND WHY DO WE DO IT?

Polishing is the mechanical removal of bacterial plaque and stains caused from extrinsic factors such as coffee, tea, smoking, red wine.

WHO BENEFITS FROM FLUORIDE?

Fluoride is beneficial for most individuals. It is an important part in the fight against tooth decay. Fluoride varnish is now recommended for babies as their teeth erupt.
Fluoride also plays a role in reducing teeth sensitivity. It helps strengthen and remineralize tooth structure.

For more information please download the ODHA fact sheet For more information please download the CDHA fact sheet

WHAT IS ORAQIX?

Oraqix is a needle free, pain reliever (topically applied)
This is one of the most valuable tools dental hygienists use to make your debridement less painful. It is injected below the gum, providing instant relief to sensitivity during treatment.