At Brooklyn Dental Centre, we believe that a good home care dental hygiene routine followed by regular professional cleanings, will help you maintain your oral health.
During your professional cleaning appointment, you can expect the following:
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible, film that covers your tooth. It consists of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produced in this area can cause inflammation in the gums. The inflammation caused by plaque is the start of periodontal disease.
Calculus is hardened plaque which can attach itself to the tooth surface. It can form both above and below your gum line, and should only be removed by a professional with special dental instruments.
Our dental hygienists can remove stains and plaque that is not removed during regular tooth brushing and scaling.
Before your appointment is over, your dental hygienist will also review your at-home oral hygiene routine. They will discuss ways to improve your oral health between visits, and will answer any questions you may have.
Did you know that your oral health is directly linked to your overall health?
At Brooklyn Dental Centre, we encourage our patients to not only maintain healthy smiles, but also a healthy lifestyle. We encourage patients to make sure they find a balance that works with their life!
Maintaining a healthy smile starts at home by eating balanced meals, to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy. We also encourage that you properly clean your teeth after eating.
We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice throughout the day.
Most importantly, we recommend that you brush your teeth before you go to bed at night, to make sure the bacteria from the day is dealt with before you go to sleep.
Brooklyn Dental Centre recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
We encourage our patients to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes, as the length of brushing is more important than force.
We also might recommend electric toothbrushes for some patients as they are easy to use and efficient at removing plaque built up throughout the day.
We recommend that patients floss their teeth daily to ensure they manage their oral health at home.
The best way to clean between your teeth is by flossing. Flossing gets at areas that are not reached by daily brushing.
These are areas that bacteria can grow and cause gum infection. We want our patients to stop plaque build up between teeth before it becomes a larger issue.