Author: Foster Bagwell

Deep Cleaning Treatment Benefits

If you have been wondering about deep cleaning, it is a different cleaning than regular cleaning. This cleaning is also known as periodontal cleaning or scaling and root planing. This treatment is typically for the people who haven’t seen dentist for a long time as it aims at removing the plaque and tarter deep under the gum line.

One thing that you need to keep in mind here is that the major reason for gum disease is plaque buildup. When plaque turns into tartar, it starts irritating the gum tissue. This irritation results in gum inflammation which, in other words, is called gum disease.

When it gets necessary to have a deep cleaning

Scaling and root planing get necessary when the pockets underneath the gum line reach 5 millimeters or more. In simple words, substantial plaque buildup is the major reason you may require deep cleaning of your teeth. This cleaning basically helps you get your oral health back on track. To recommend you this type of cleaning, the dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly.

What to expect during a deep cleaning treatment

The level of deep cleaning required will decide the number of visits for the cleaning. This process of cleaning mainly involves the use of scaling tools, ultrasonic instruments and/or a laser device. Then, your oral hygienist will use an ultrasonic device to remove any plaque left on the teeth. After the cleaning of teeth is complete, the teeth area will be irrigated with antibiotic to prevent further infections. This irrigation of antibiotic basically helps in the healing of gums and their reattachment to the teeth.

What to expect after the deep cleaning treatment

The deep cleaning may be referred to as a mild surgery. Therefore, you may require taking care of the area after the treatment in the same way as you take care of the surgery site after surgery. Moreover, you will have to look at your oral routine. If you are a smoker, you need to quit smoking until the surgery area is fully recovered. You can ask your dentist about the diet which you should have during the recovery period.

Preventing periodontal disease

You have to make sure that you are doing everything to ensure good health of your gums. Preventing periodontal disease involves proper plaque and tartar removal of regular basis. You also need to visit your dentist after every 6 months. This dental visit is going to be very helpful in keeping your teeth and gums in good health and shape.

Protect your Children’s Teeth with Sealants

Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth – usually the back teeth to prevent tooth decay.  The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. The reasoning behind sealants is that the chewing surfaces of our molars have deep fissures and cracks in them which oral hygiene isn’t always able to get down deep enough into to clean out.  Sealants supposedly protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by ‘sealing out’ plaque and food.

If your child has deep pits and grooves on their back teeth (molars), your dentist may recommend sealing your child’s teeth. Sealants are thin protective coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the molars to prevent tooth decay. Even if your child has excellent oral hygiene habits, it is not always easy to clean the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Food and germs can get stuck in the grooves where the toothbrush bristles won’t be able to reach. This may lead to a cavity on the chewing surface of the tooth. Sealants are generally recommended for first and second permanent molars. The first permanent molars typically come in around age six and are referred to as “six-year molars.” The second permanent molars come in around age twelve and are referred to as “twelve-year molars.” Sealants are not routinely applied to baby teeth; however, your dentist may recommend sealing a baby molar that has very deep grooves and is at risk for tooth decay.

Thorough brushing and flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrushes can’t reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract all food and plaque. While fluoride helps prevent decay and helps protect all the surfaces of the teeth, dental sealants add extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas. If your child has the common misfortune of a cavity, it’s probably on the chewing surface of a back tooth. Occasionally, however, someone’s mouth is large enough to accommodate all four wisdom teeth in their proper position. In this case, if the dentist feels these teeth will be a functional part of your child’s dentition, sealants may be a good option to prevent them from decaying.

Expectation after the procedure

Sealants are typically clear, white, or slightly tinted in color and usually are not visible when a child talks or smiles. Your child‘s bite may slightly feel different after placement of sealants based on the material used, and that is normal. The bite will adjust after a few days. It is okay to eat and drink immediately after sealant placement and there are no special precautions.  Sealants can last for many years – anywhere between five to ten years. However, they may wear or chip over the years and need touch ups at regular check-up visits.

How Sealants Prevent Decay

The depressions and grooves on children’s back teeth help them chew and grind food. However, these deep crannies can also trap food and debris where it’s difficult to keep clean, making them prime spots for decay to start. With sealants, a dentist applies a thin plastic material to the chewing surfaces of the molars, allowing the enamel to become smooth and protected from this source of bacteria. Any baby or permanent tooth that has deep pits or fissures is at risk for decay, and is therefore a candidate for a dental sealant, according to the AAPD. Many dentists recommend sealing baby molars because these teeth play an important role in holding space for the permanent teeth. Keeping these teeth cavity-free can prevent your child from losing them early.