Dental Hygiene

What is the role of dental hygiene?

Good dental hygiene is paramount because it impacts your overall health and your mouth. Good oral hygiene practices at home can reduce the risk of infections and inflammations, which can impact your overall health.

What are the most important components of a dental hygiene program?

The two most important components of a dental hygiene program are what you do at home, like brushing and flossing, and regular routine checkups and cleanings.

How often should I get a dental cleaning at Renew Dental?

At Renew Dental, we approach recalls on a patient-to-patient basis. For most patients, we recommend cleanings every three to six months, with dental exams every six months. We take a patient-centered approach and base our recommendations on individual needs.

What can I expect during a dental cleaning at Renew Dental?

During a cleaning, you can anticipate the dentist performing an oral cancer screening check and assessing for any decay. The hygienist at that appointment will assess the gums and perform a dental cleaning. A typical dental hygiene appointment will take one hour.

What can I do if dental cleanings are uncomfortable?

We understand that dental cleanings can sometimes be uncomfortable. There are ways we can manage this, such as applying a topical or local anesthetic.

Is it normal to have sensitive teeth after a cleaning?

Yes, it is not uncommon to experience post-cleaning sensitivities. We can help manage this with good oral hygiene practices at home and oral hygiene recommendations from your hygienist.

How can I practice good oral hygiene at home?

You can practice good oral hygiene at home primarily through daily flossing and brushing.

How can I book an appointment at Renew Dental?

To book an appointment, simply give us a call. You can reach us at 1-204-259-3804.

What is the importance of proper dental hygiene?

Proper dental hygiene is crucial for preventing dental issues such as cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is a foundation of good oral hygiene. Regular dental visits for professional cleanings and checkups are key to detecting and preventing oral health problems. A balanced diet, low in sugary foods and beverages can also contribute to a healthy smile. Avoiding tobacco products is essential for both your overall health and well-being.

What are the potential consequences of neglecting dental hygiene?

When you fail to brush and floss regularly, harmful bacteria can build up in your mouth leading to plaque formation on your teeth and gums. Over time, this plaque can harden into tartar which can only be removed by a dental professional through a cleaning procedure. If left untreated, tartar buildup can result in gum disease causing symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath and even tooth loss. Poor dental hygiene can also contribute to the development of cavities which can lead to pain, infection and need for costly dental treatments like fillings or root canals.

What are the responsibilities of a dental hygienist?

One primary duty of a dental hygienist is to perform thorough cleanings of patients' teeth, removing plaque, tartar and stains to promote oral health. Additionally, they conduct dental examinations to assess a patient's oral health status and educate patients on proper oral hygiene practices. Dental hygienists often take x-rays of the patient's teeth to assist dentists in diagnosing dental problems and developing treatment plans.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to assess your oral health status. The hygienist will then use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth. Your teeth will be polished to remove surface stains and a fluoride treatment may be applied to strengthen your teeth to prevent cavities.

What tools do dental hygienists use?

Some of the most common tools include the dental mirror, a scaler, a polisher, a periodontal probe, x-ray machines, saliva ejector, and a high-powered suction. These tools assist us to provide quality oral care and maintaining optimal dental health for patients.

Does a professional teeth cleaning hurt?

A professional teeth cleaning should not be painful. You may feel some pressure from vibrations, but it should not be painful. If you experience any discomfort during your cleaning, be sure to communicate this with your dental hygienist.

How long does a dental cleaning usually last?

A standard dental cleaning usually lasts one hour. The exact length can vary depending on individual factors such as the patient's oral health, the presence of underlying dental issues, and the thoroughness of the cleaning required.

What is a deep cleaning?

A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and re-cleaning, helps remove stubborn plaque and tartar from below the gum line. This process is crucial in preventing gum disease as these build-ups can lead to inflammation and infection if left untreated.

What should I do after my dental cleaning?

After your dental cleaning, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, following a balanced diet and limiting sugary snacks, drinking plenty of water and avoiding tobacco products. It is recommended to schedule your cleanings every six months to monitor your oral health.

How can I book an appointment?

To book an appointment, you can call our office during business hours. Our friendly receptionist will assist you in finding a convenient time slot that fits your schedule. Make sure you provide accurate information such as your name, contact details, and any specific concerns you may have.

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When you visit Renew Dental in Bridgwater you’ll be greeted by a team of professionals who truly care about you and your oral health. Let us help you renew your smile with preventative dental care and personalized solutions.

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