Tooth Cleaning and Aftercare
Some people do not observe dental hygiene or brush their teeth after meals. Gradually, a layer of food covers the teeth of people who do not do dental hygiene.
These little and invisible layers are identical plaques that are harmless at first and do not change the shape of the teeth. But if dental hygiene is not, bad breath starts, food on the teeth becomes acids that cause cavities, and the tooth decays.
Saliva usually contains many minerals that have the power to precipitate. These minerals are also brushed in inaccessible parts of the mouth and deposited there.
Proteins in food, saliva, and dead cells from various tissues in the mouth are also added. Eventually, it increases the volume of these Tooth depositions. Cleaning is a way to remove plaque from the teeth.
We recommend you visit your dentist’s office once a year for cleaning. You can also minimize plaque build-up on your teeth with proper brushing.
Is Dental Cleaning Damage Your Gums and Teeth?
With these thoughts, the patient concludes that cleaning damages the tooth:
1- Bleeding occurs in any case at the time of cleaning, which is normal, but the patient considers this to be the cause of damage to his gums and thinks that the same bleeding is due to the gums being pulled from the teeth.
2- When the plaque settles thick enough on the teeth, it prevents cold and heats from reaching the teeth, and naturally, our teeth are exposed to cold and balanced heat in the oral environment.
Despite these masses and the lack of cold and heat to the teeth, the teeth gradually become lazy, and when we clean these masses with cleaning, suddenly, the tooth is exposed to cold and heat.
It has gone down, and there is a gap between the teeth, and the tooth is sensitive to hot and cold water.
Do not worry. This is perfectly normal.
Why Should We Scale Our Teeth?
Note that dental plaque destroys the gums and the supporting tissue of the tooth; with a lot of plaque, the gums are destroyed, and a false layer is created on the tooth’s root surface instead of the gums.
Therefore, we are the first sign of increased tooth sensitivity after removing the plaque. However, over time, the sensitivity decreases as the gums return to the root surface of the tooth.
Is Cleaning Bad For Our Teeth?
Most people think that cleaning destroys tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. Cleaning removes dental plaque and prevents tooth decay.
Only cleaning can solve this problem. So it is the dental plaque that is harmful, not the cleaning!
Many people say that cleaning makes the teeth sensitive, and if the drink is hot or cold, the teeth will grind.
Dr. Laleh believes plaque on the teeth is like insulation and prevents the sensation of the teeth. Therefore, by removing it, we can better understand the thermal changes. Of course, this feeling is not permanent and disappears after a few days, so do not worry.
How is Cleaning Done?
In cleaning with hand tools, the dentist uses a dental scalper to remove plaque on the teeth manually; this type of superficial cleaning is suitable for people who do not have a lot of dental plaque.
In ultrasonic cleaning, the dentist uses a small device with a metalhead to remove plaque from the surface of the teeth and gums and uses a water spray to wash away the plaque and keep the head cool. Of course, the question of many dental cleaning applicants is whether cleaning is painful.
According to Dr. Laleh, the patient does not feel any pain during cleaning because the tip of the cleaning device destroys them by creating vibrations and very short blows on the scales. But it does not cut the tooth to cause pain.
Many people with cleaning and regular oral hygiene may not need to re-cleaning for a long time.
Still, others who do not use toothbrushes and floss regularly do not pay much attention to the beauty and health of their teeth, causing their tooth decay sooner. According to Dr. Laleh, teeth can be scaled every six months, but everyone should do so at least once a year.
The use of antiplaque toothpaste can partially reduce the plaque on the teeth. Still, you should know that these products contain large amounts of abrasives, and their regular use is not recommended because they damage the enamel over time and cause tooth sensitivity. So do not worry.
Tips to Care for Teeth after Root Planing
- Rinse your mouth with lukewarm, dilute salt water (a quarter of a tablespoon of salt in a glass of water) or with a mouthwash prescribed by your doctor.
- If tooth sensitivity is very high, brush with anti-allergic toothpaste such as Sensodyne once daily.
- Brush regularly 2 to 3 times a day and floss
- Use lukewarm foods and drinks. (Not too hot and not too cold)
Note: No antibiotics are required before and after cleaning.