Dental hygiene is the practice of keeping your teeth clean and gums healthy to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, diabetes-related complications, early Alzheimer’s disease and premature ageing due to tooth loss from gum disease.
Maintaining good oral hygiene helps prevent dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and tooth loss.
Good oral hygiene is maintained at home, by brushing and flossing the teeth regularly and cleaning the tongue, to remove the disease-causing bacteria in dental plaque.
Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes helps to remove harmful plaque from the surfaces of the teeth.
However, over time, dental plaque accumulates over the teeth and hardens into dental calculus or tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing and therefore needs to be removed by a dental professional.
Dental Hygiene at the Dentist’s Office
A routine teeth cleaning at the dental office is recommended to be carried out once in six months to remove the accumulated debris, plaque and tartar. Dental hygiene is an essential part of maintaining your health and in preventing dental problems that might require extensive or expensive dental procedures.
Regular dental hygiene maintenance is also recommended for patients with the following problems:
- Inflammation, swelling or bleeding gums
- Gum infection or abscess
- Sensitivity or pain in the gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Food lodgement in between teeth
- Presence of plaque and tartar on the teeth
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Periodontal pockets (deep gum pockets)
Regular dental hygiene appointments help you keep your insurance bills low and help reduce the payments for your individual or family plan. Many insurance plans factor in regular dental exams and hygiene in their plans for you.
Dental Hygiene Procedure
Teeth cleaning at the dentist office is often performed by an ultrasonic scaler and occasionally with hand instruments, to remove hard deposits and stains on tooth surfaces. Dental cleanings without anaesthesia or non-anaesthetic dental cleanings (NADs) are teeth cleans done without the use of anaesthesia.
A routine teeth cleaning can be done at the time of your dental exam or can be scheduled separately at your hygiene visit. The hygiene appointments may take 45 minutes to an hour and if clubbed with a dental exam, you might spend more than an hour in our soothing and comfortable centre.
Your professional teeth cleaning includes cleaning, polishing and rinsing your teeth to remove tartar and plaque that have built up on the surfaces of your teeth.
We recommend you visit our office once in six months to discuss your queries on oral health or dental hygiene, with our hygienist or dentist.
Benefits of Dental Hygiene
The benefits of teeth cleaning go beyond a confident smile. Clean teeth
- Prevent gum disease: Teeth cleaning at regular intervals prevent gum swelling, inflammation and bleeding to maintain healthy gums.
- Prevent bad breath: Teeth cleaning helps in elimination of accumulated debris associated with bad breath.
- Retain natural teeth: Teeth cleaning helps in preventing gum disease and aid in maintaining stronger teeth and its surrounding structures
- Reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes: Bacteria present in long-standing debris or tartar, enter the bloodstream through inflamed gums and lead to heart attacks and strokes. Teeth cleaning at regular intervals reduce the risk of heart disease caused by oral bacteria.
- Healthy smiles:Teeth cleaning remove stains from teeth for a healthy smile.
Why Choose Langley Dental Centre for Dental Hygiene in Langley BC?
Routine teeth cleanings can be combined with your dental exams or can be scheduled as separate appointments. Do contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning. At Langley Dental Centre in Langley BC, you can expect professional service with friendly and gentle dentists in a relaxing environment. Located centrally in Langley BC, we’re proud to be local and easily accessible!
We take the time to understand your concerns and discuss your options based on your requirements or your dental problems. Additionally, our experienced dentists show you the right way to brush and floss.
Langley Dental Centre has a calm and hygienic ambience with friendly staff which puts patients care at the heart of its service. Our dentists take the time to understand your apprehensions about dental care and discuss with you about the dental problems identified, the various treatment options available, the costs and the time involved.
We are currently accepting new patients and dental hygiene appointments and are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings too.
We accept all insurances and all major credit and debit cards. We can submit a pre-treatment plan to your dental plan administrator to obtain a pre-determination of benefits.
If you are looking for a positive dental experience in Langley BC, then Langley Dental Centre is the place to visit.