The importance of teeth cleaning
Teeth cleaning (also known as prophylaxis, literally preventing disease and dental hygiene) is a frequently used procedure for the removal of dental tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop on teeth, even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in some areas which are difficult to reach in daily tooth brushing techniques.
Teeth cleaning is often completed by a dental hygienist, who works within a dental clinic. Professional dental cleaning includes tooth scaling (the gentle removal of build-up around teeth and tooth polishing). Some people may need tooth debridement, especially if too much tartar has accumulated or patients are prone to dental problems and need to have routine preventive management of the condition, at least every 3- 6 months. This involves more detailed removal of plaque deposits from teeth.
Most dental hygienists recommend having teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary with various dental and oral health disorders. Routine dental examination is recommended at least every year.
Good oral hygiene helps to prevent dental cavities, tartar build-up, gum disease and will highlight any dental problems before they happen. A healthy oral hygiene is an indicator of overall general health and also contributes to a sense of well-being and a known increase in self -esteem and confidence.
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