When asked, more than 80% of patients would say that they have good oral hygiene.
An example of good hygiene. Two years have passed since the last hygienic procedure. A small amount of plaque is visible on the palatal surfaces.
If you ask doctors’ opinion on their patients’ oral care, they would say that only about 20% of the patients have satisfactory hygiene. Why such a difference? Many patients choose to spend money to buy an electric toothbrush or irrigator. Still they have difficulties with maintaining everyday oral care regime. It is very common that patients say: “I do what I can. I’ve already bought an electric brush, expensive irrigator and I really try. But maybe I use the wrong toothpaste? What should I buy, doctor?”
Spending money on special equipment or toothpaste is the easiest solution, but does not guarantee good results. Only regular and proper oral care gives you beneficial results. The most important is daily regime.
The hygiene instruction contains detailed tips on oral care. After examining the patient, the doctor recommends proper brushing technique, depending on the needs of the patient, the state of their teeth and periodontium, and his manual skills.
In case of orthodontic patients or patients having prostheses, doctor takes into account their problems of cleaning smooth tooth surface, the spaces between teeth and difficult to reach places, and recommends the right type of toothbrush and toothpaste and additional oral care devices. The presentation of oral care tools is often accompanied by demonstration of their use on models or on the patient.
Professional teeth cleaning
Professional teeth cleaning aims at removing biofilm (plaque) and other deposits accumulated on teeth surface, which cannot be removed using home methods. Depending on the type of deposits, different methods are used:
- Mechanical teeth cleaning using special brushes, rubbers and paste.
- Sandblasting – treatment focused on removing plaque caused by coffee, tea or tobacco. Here we use air-abrasion device so called sandblaster. Such a device ejects a thin stream of a mixture of dust and high pressure water, effectively eliminating deposits and discolouration which cannot be removed with a toothbrush. Sandblasting cannot be repeated too often. With proper oral hygiene a treatment once or twice a year is more than enough.
- Scaling is a procedure aimed at removing hard deposits (tartar) accumulated on the surface of crowns using ultrasonic equipment known as scalers. We remove supragingival calculus, and also not easily visible tartar deposited in the pockets and gingival crevices and, also, subgingival tartar. This is often a surprise for patients. They cannot see it, however it is there and its consequences are worse than in the case of supragingival one. Scaling is usually painless, but some patients may experience pain - in this case local anesthetic is given. The next step after scaling is polishing of the entire cleaned tooth surface. This prevents any future plague build-up and ensures a pleasant feeling of smooth teeth.