Oral Hygiene. Personal or Professional Dental Health Care
Preventing is certainly much easier than having to treat!
Prophylaxis is the most important dental care stage. The observance of prophylactic measures save time and effort and eliminates the potential discomfort caused by dental treatments. Maintaining dental health is the responsibility of each of us, depending on how we apply simple oral hygiene procedures.
After every meal, food debris remaining on and between the teeth favour the formation and build-up of plaque and tartar which favour dental cavities, gum diseases and teeth loss.
Dental prophylaxis consists in a professional (every 6 months) and a personal (daily) oral cleaning.
- Professional prophylaxis
- Personal prophylaxis
Teeth Plaque / Tartar Removal – Proffesional Hygiene
Due to poor oral hygiene, plaque can build up on teeth, also called tartar, which forms through mineralization of plaque – serving as matrix (“sponge”) for salts found in saliva.
This oral procedure consists of the removal of tartar deposits on the teeth and under the gums. Rough tartar deposits reduce the efficiency of the tooth brushing, leading to the accumulation and growth of bacteria that represent a source of toxins and a favourable environment for the development of other dental problems.
Daily dental brushing is extremely important, but even if it is done correctly and regularly, it is not efficient in eliminating tartar deposits periodically accumulated on the teeth; that is why deep cleaning and professional scaling are needed.
Only if it is performed regularly, this procedure reduces and even eliminates the risk of gum diseases – the procedure is recommended at every 6 months.
Dental hygienists along with specialists are involved in dental hygiene procedures and professional dental brushing and scaling respectively.
Profilactic Oral Hygiene
Prophylactic treatment is done in two stages:
The initial phase, when the specialist performs medical education and the proper preventive treatment to the patient. It consists of several dental services, which may vary from patient to patient, depending on the doctor’s diagnosis:
- sub and supra-gingival scaling
- professional brushing
- application of chlorhexidine solutions
- application of fluoridated gels
- sealing the grooves and fissures.
The secondary stage begins 6 months after the first preventive treatment and extends throughout life. We know how busy you are and because we want to help you, we will take care of notifying you when the regular visits should be made. Our customer service department will contact you to remember the recall visit.
During a dental prophylaxis, the care provider from DENT ESTET will also inspect the teeth and jaw for any obvious signs of ill health. This inspection may reveal underlying medical issues such as receding gums, erupting wisdom teeth, or dental cavities which will require treatment. Early identification of dental problems can help people deal with them before they become serious.
Personal Dental Hygiene
Brushing your teeth will help stimulate your gums and in turn keep them healthy and less susceptible to gum diseases. The toothbrush must be soft or medium in order to avoid gum damage. Although some patients are motivated by the fact that the electric toothbrush is more effective and they feel that teeth are better cleaned, it is important for them to observe the same brushing rules. It is recommended to replace the toothbrush head every 3 months or earlier if the brush is beginning to wear down.
Mouthwash is a antiseptic, antibacterial, that combats the development of pathogenic microbes in the mouth. It does not replace brushing teeth, but completes it.
Dental floss can be found in pharmacies, dental practices or hypermarket; the use of dental floss is recommended at least once daily and when, this is not possible, at least three times a week. This can reduce with almost 80% the risk of cavities as dental floss helps removing the plaque from difficult areas that cannot be brushed.
Mouth rinse is an antiseptic, antibacterial product fighting against pathogen germs in the oral cavity. Mouth rinse does not replace dental brushing; it rather completes dental brushing.
Interdental brush is recommended to bridge and fixed braces wearers. This is available in various sizes and ensures cleaning of areas difficult to reach for other type of brushes.
Mouth shower. The device is made up of a container filled with water or mouthwash and a noose (or two depending on the type of device). The noose streams the solution at an adjustable pressure, as a single jet or a diffuse one. Mouth shower is recommended for cleaning areas difficult to get to and for gum massage.