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Teeth Cleaning - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

One of the most underestimated processes that we do in our daily lives is undoubtedly the cleaning of the teeth. Many of the researchers done so far have proved time and again that people often do not clean their teeth properly, and in most case, their cleaning techniques and patterns do more damage than good. The tiny spaces between the teeth are the places where the germ buildup takes, and it takes an extraordinary effort to clean them regularly. As a result, people tend to cover only the basic parts and are left to wonder why they have dental problems in spite of proper cleaning. It is very much mandatory to have regular sessions with your dentist to clean your teeth. Most of the dentists would advise you to come for the cleaning procedures once in every six months. Most people associate the cleaning techniques with pain, jaw pain and prodding. The truth is much simpler. The cleaning techniques are sophisticated to the extent that you would not feel any pain or discomfort when undergoing the process. You can check with your dentist if you have any apprehension about the procedure and they would be in a better position to guide you properly.

How is the treatment done?

The first step would be to give you a physical exam. Your dentist would use a small mirror to look into your teeth for any gum problems or cavities. Once it is safe to go ahead with the treatment, you dentist would start removing the plaque and tartar around the gum line. There might be some scrapping sound involved, but this is normal. Regular flossing at your home can stop the buildup of tartar. After your teeth are tartar free, your dentist would use a high-powered brush to remove them. This is the part where the grinding noise occurs and can cause some discomfort to the patient. In truth, this actually makes a zinging noise and more than the pain you might feel a slight tickling sensation. It gently scrubs your teeth, and it is extremely safe. The next step is the flossing. Even though you regularly floss at home, nothing can beat the flossing mechanism that the dentist has to offer. These take care of even the minutest particle that might have settled in between your teeth. Next, your dentist would use a rinse to flush out all the impurities that might have gathered. After this, a fluoride treatment would be given where according to your favorite taste like mint and strawberry, the fluoride would be applied to your mouth.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Every individual can get this treatment at least once a year. Your dentist would advise upon having these treatments once every six months. It is a necessary treatment which many people ignore. You can have these teeth cleaning sessions at your convenience and not wait for something to go wrong in your teeth before undergoing them. These treatments are most advisable for children who are more prone to cavities.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

The treatment can be safely had by anyone irrespective of the age or gender. You might be having initial apprehensions about the treatment as it involves prodding, cleansing, and a mild jaw discomfort. Consult with your doctor about your fear and your needs. If you are a heart patient, do let the dentist know before so that some of the parts of the treatment may not be performed.

Are there any side effects?

No, there are no side effects when undergoing the treatment. You might have slight jaw discomfort as your mouth will be in an open state for an extended period. Also in some cases and especially if you have sensitive teeth, the cleansing may cause a minor zinging sensation in your teeth. But these are temporary situations, and they get eliminated on their own.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You can return to your normal activities post the treatment. There is no rest period involved. You have to follow the general oral hygiene laid out by the dentist and make sure that you adhere to them regularly. Your teeth and their condition can say a lot about your general health. Hence always ensure that are cleaning and flossing your teeth at regular intervals.

How long does it take to recover?

There is no recovery period involved, and you can go back to your chores immediately after the treatment. For people who have sensitive teeth, it is advisable to take some rest as there can be some minor tickling sensation in your teeth due to the cleansing. Apart from that, you can continue with your normal activities.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

In India, teeth depend on the dental where you are undergoing the treatment. Usually, teeth cleaning come as a complete package and can cost about INR 1,500. In case an x-ray is required, the cost can go up. Always ensure that you get these treatments in reputed dental centers.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Teeth cleaning are not a permanent fixture. It depends on what you eat and how well you maintain the hygiene of your mouth in between. It is safe to have these treatments once in every six months especially if you are a smoker or if you are someone who is addicted to caffeine. The treatment is mandatory for children too to keep their cavities under check.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The primary alternative to this treatment is to have do-it-yourself teeth cleaning procedures at home. These can involve regular brushing, flossing and using mouthwash and using homemade ways to maintain a good oral hygiene. But in present day lifestyle, we tend to ignore these most of the times. Hence a teeth cleaning treatment is advisable to have regularly.

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Know More About Brushing!

Dr. Deepak Dhapekar 89% (174 ratings)
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Know More About Brushing!
Brushing is a daily routine of everyone s life.Many among us do not know how to brush the teeth in correct manner.There are many aspects other than brushing alone which cannot be overlooked. There are several methods and techniques which are recommended by the dentist for tooth brushing.Some of them are, A. Charter method B. Bass method C. Stillman method D. Fones method. These are meant for particular cases depending on his/her oral condition. Though these techniques are not meant for every individual there are certain common mistakes we must avoid while doing brushing. Today I will tell you the most common mistakes we make while brushing, 1) The wrong angle: The angle of the brush should be 45 degree to the gum line for to have greater efficiency in cleaning. This angle ensures the safe brushing without wearing of tooth and injuries to gums.This is the first step. Second step is moving the brush on vertical (upside down/downside upward) cleans the food debris between the two teeth. Horizontal rubbing to the front surface of tooth leads to faster tooth loss and less efficient cleaning.Repeat the same direction from both the surfaces of all the teeth. 2)The time spent on brushing: Ideal time for to spend on brushing is 3 to 7 minutes. In less than 3 minutes the hard plaque( food debris) doesn t get soften enough to get removed by brush. Tooth paste have softening agent in it which requires at least 3 minutes to act on the food ruminants inside our mouth. 3)The Wrong Consistency Of Brush: Have you ever looked for the consistencies while buying your tooth brush? Hard,Medium,Soft,Ultra soft. These are written on the tooth brush.Depending on your gum and teeth condition your dentist will advise you to use appropriate consistency. Using wrong consistency can injure your gums and teeth.Too hard brush will damage your gums and too soft will not do efficient cleaning. 4)Using same brush for months: Do not get too attached to your tooth brush, change it periodically. If your tooth brush gets worn before two to 3 months it means you are too hard on your teeth. Change your brush every 3 to 4 months. If you follow the ideal protocol and correct brushing technique your brush should last for 3 months. 5)Not Cleaning your tongue : Tongue cleaning is the last but one of the important part of your oral hygiene maintenance. You can clean your tongue either by brush by giving soft strokes on the tongue or you can buy the tongue cleaner available in the market.Being a soft and rough texture it becomes good habitat for the bacteria.

Do's and Don'ts of Tooth Brushing!

Dr. Shikha 89% (64 ratings)
MDS Prosthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Mohali
Do's and Don'ts of Tooth Brushing!
We all think brushing is the best favour we could do to our teeth and mouth, right? No! Incorrectly done, brushing can do more damage than good. It is always advisable to check with your dentist if you are brushing the right way. In fact, a lot of periodontal diseases and issues like abrasion are due to improper brushing techniques. Let us look at some common issues related to brushing both good and bad. Tooth brush: Pick the right one. Firstly, the length, you should be able to reach all parts of the mouth, especially the last tooth, without having to open the mouth wide. Softer bristles are always preferred. Duration: If you brush 2 to 3 times daily, each brushing should not last more than 2 minutes. Divide the mouth into 4 quadrants upper right and left, lower right and left and spend 30 seconds on each quadrant. Longer hours of brushing can lead to wearing of the enamel. Technique: A forceful front-and-back motion can cause a V-shaped notch at the gum line, leading to a condition called abrasion. The ideal way to brush is to begin at the gumline and go about in circular motions. Ensure all surfaces, outer and inner, of all teeth are covered. Force of brushing: The idea of brushing is to remove the soft deposits of plaque, which comes off very easily with brushing. Do not exert a lot of pressure in an attempt to remove plaque. The hardened tartar or stain can anyways not be removed with brushing and will need to be removed by the dentist. Habit: Most of us are habituated to begin at the same place and go about the same routine to finish brushing. Dentists advise that it is good to begin at different places each time. As you near the end of your brushing time, you are usually tired and just want to get done with it. Changing the start and end points gives all the teeth a fair chance of getting cleaned. Storing: Do not store your toothbrush in the toilet area and with a whole lot of brushes. Both contain enough bacteria, and your brush can do without it. Timing: If you have had acidic food, wait for about half an hour before you brush. The acidic environment softens the tooth and brushing it immediately can lead to easier wearing of the enamel. Changing brush: Any time the bristles lose their flexibility, it is time to change, usually about 3 months. Never thought there are so many things to do and avoid with brushing? You are not alone, hopefully you can plan your brushing better the next time onwards.
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Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems. Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important. Most americans today enjoy excellent oral health and are keeping their natural teeth throughout their lives; however, cavities remain the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Some 100 million americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health. If you are experiencing dental pain, don't put off seeing a dentist. With dentistry's many advances, diagnosis and treatment are more sophisticated and comfortable than ever. You can practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks. Don't forget to schedule regular dental check-ups to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.
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Tooth Whitening - What You Should Know About it

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Dentist, Delhi
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A smile is said to be a person s best accessory. No matter what the colour of your teeth may be when you were born, exposure to various things including tea, coffee, berries, wine etc can stain your teeth and mar their beauty. Thankfully this discoloration can be fixed by whitening your teeth. Here are a few things to know before you decide to whiten your teeth. Cleaning and whitening are not the same: Cleaning refers to the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth while whitening is a chemical procedure that brightens the enamel. Not all teeth whiteners are the same: Most teeth whiteners have a hydrogen peroxide base, though they all act in the same way by releasing oxygen that reacts with strainers and removes them, they vary in terms of the strength of the hydrogen peroxide. Whitening can be slow or quick: Teeth whitening can be done in a dentist s office or at home. In a dentist s office, this procedure can take an hour while teeth whitening at home can take a few weeks. However, home treatments are usually much more budget friendly than getting your teeth whitened at the dentist s office. Teeth whitening is not permanent: The effect of bleaching your teeth to whiten them can last from a year to three years. You will need regular touch ups to maintain the sparkle. You should also reduce your intake of food like wine and coffee that can stain your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will also help maintain the look for longer. On the other hand, keep in mind that excessive teeth whitening can permanently damage teeth. Not everyone can get their teeth professionally whitened: This form of treatment is not suitable for children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating women or people who are allergic to peroxides. This procedure can also not be performed on teeth that have cavities, exposed roots, bonded fillings, veneers, crowns incomplete dental work or on patients who suffer from gum disease and hypersensitivity. Bleaching may also not work in cases where discolouration is a result of prolonged administration of certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride intake during childhood There may be side effects: Sensitivity is one of the most common side effects of teeth whitening. This can vary from person to person and can be relieved with pain relievers. Sensitivity can also lead to gum recession. Other common side effects of this treatment include irritation of sift tissue and nausea or vomiting.
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Popular Questions & Answers

My one lower teeth is brownish in color I brush it daily two times but it is still in same color what should I do should I worried about it.

Dr. Isha Malhotra 93% (2899 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
You can get teeth cleaning and polishing done the brownish colour would be removed if it's a stain. If not then kindly get a checkup done at dentist. And take treatment accordingly.

Sir Gd mrng myself sukumar. Is that any side effect using Baking soda to our teeth for cleaning purpose. Please tell me sir. My teeth not that much bad but some stains are coming. So any side effects.

Dr. Yasmin Asma Zohara 90% (23132 ratings)
MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
If you have habits like taking tea, coffee often or smoking habits, paan chewing can cause stains. Kindly quit these habits if you have so. Stains could be removed by dentist either by scaling or bleaching technique. It is not advisable to use baking soda because it could harm the gums slowly. Kindly visit a dentist in person.

I have read one article regarding stem cell tooth regeneration, can I when that will be available in clinics and how much will it cost, I really have poor oral health. Can any one help me with this.

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Stem cell regeneration has not been applied in clinical practice as yet. It is still being tested to grow the whole tooth PRP and PRF are rampantly used for regeneration.

My teeth is very weak so please tell me how can I white me teeth and strong my teeth

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (4106 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
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You may take Vitamin C Massage your gums with turmeric & Salt twice daily... Use homoeopathic toothpaste heklalava by wheezal...

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