Cleaning and Polishing Teeth

Cleaning and Polishing Teeth

Cleaning and polishing teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping your teeth healthy.

  • Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use gentle, circular motions to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces. Be sure to brush along the gumline as well. Brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time is recommended.
  • Flossing: Flossing is necessary to clean the areas between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach effectively. Use dental floss or interdental cleaners to remove plaque and food particles. Gently insert the floss between your teeth, curve it around each tooth, and slide it up and down to clean the sides. Be cautious not to snap the floss against your gums.
  • Mouthwash: Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing and flossing. Mouthwash helps reduce bacteria, freshens breath, and reaches areas that brushing and flossing might have missed.
  • Tongue Cleaning: Use a tongue scraper or the back of your toothbrush to gently clean your tongue. This helps remove bacteria and can improve overall oral hygiene and reduce bad breath.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. Dental professionals have specialized tools and expertise to thoroughly clean and polish your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and stains that may have accumulated.
  • Professional Teeth Cleaning (Scaling and Polishing): During a professional dental cleaning, your dentist or dental hygienist will perform scaling and polishing. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, including below the gumline. Polishing is done using a rotating brush or rubber cup with a polishing paste to remove surface stains and create a smooth, shiny surface on the teeth.
  • Oral Hygiene Tools: Your dental professional may recommend additional oral hygiene tools such as electric toothbrushes, water flossers, or interdental brushes based on your specific needs. These tools can enhance your cleaning routine and help you maintain good oral health.

Remember, maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine at home, including regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, is essential for preventing dental issues. Combined with professional dental cleanings and check-ups, you can keep your teeth clean, healthy, and polished.