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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Why You Need to Get Professional Cleaning Even If You Think Your Home Routine Is Good Enough

by Myrtle Banks

When was the last time that you had your teeth professionally cleaned? If it's been some time, then you may be wondering why it's important. How can you benefit from a visit to a dental hygienist and why shouldn't you put it off any longer?

Home Work Is Not Enough

Many people seem to think that having a solid, home-based dental care regime is enough when it comes to maintaining excellent oral health. They may brush for at least two minutes at a time and twice per day. They may floss religiously and they may choose the most expensive toothpaste money can afford. Yet while this is a great start, it is not sufficient by itself.

No matter how careful you are at home cleaning, the fact remains that a certain amount of bacteria is still going to attach to the harder-to-reach areas around the gum line. It's impossible to avoid this. While the amount of tartar that accumulates can be slowed by good home practices, it's nevertheless going to be evident as the months and years go by.

Scaling and Polishing

The only way this can be successfully removed once it has hardened is for a hygienist to scale and polish the teeth. He or she will use special implements to soften and then remove the hardened tartar from around the gum line. Usually this is done without the need for any anaesthetic, but if you have particularly sensitive gums, then some can be requested.

Avoiding Bigger Problems

Unfortunately, without this type of cleaning from time to time, the hardened bacteria can become more prevalent and can give rise to conditions such as gingivitis or periodontitis. In the latter case, this is quite a serious condition as it can cause gums to recede and a certain amount of bone loss as well.

Getting Some Education

If you feel that you may not be as efficient as possible when it comes to your home cleaning regime, ask for advice when you visit your hygienist. Part of their role is, after all, to help you learn how to clean your teeth most effectively.

Helping Your Smile

Finally, think of a visit to the dental hygienist as something of a smile makeover. Your teeth are likely to look a lot nicer when any tartar at the gum line is removed, as this can give a slight discolouration. They will also feel a lot cleaner and healthier. It can also give you a solid foundation so you can have professional teeth whitening done for even better results!