Dental Hygiene and Professional Teeth Cleanings in Fremont
At James Block Dentistry, we are dedicated to offering patients comprehensive dental care, and that all starts with helping them achieve their basic oral health goals. Beginning with a focus on twice a year checkups and improved oral hygiene routines at home, we help patients get the beautiful smiles they’ve only dreamed of.
At-Home Oral Hygiene
The key to maintaining the healthiest possible smile is to maintain a thorough at-home hygiene routine, and visit James Block Dentistry two times each year. Most people know the basics of brushing and flossing, but some at-home hygiene tips that could improve any care routine include:
- 2 X 2 – brushing for two minutes two times each day is essential to achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Ensure brush time by playing a song or setting a timer while you brush. Many patients are surprised by how little time they take to brush.
- Systematic cleaning – avoid brushing at random. A recent study showed that patients who brush systematically, making sure to clean every surface of every tooth, removed twice as much bacteria compared with those who brushed at random for the same amount of time.
- 30 minute rules – wait 30 minutes after brushing to eat and 30 minutes after eating to brush. Waiting after brushing allows tooth enamel to absorb fluoride from toothpaste, and waiting 30 minutes after eating to brush protects teeth that are at their weakest directly following a meal.
- Floss – the most important thing to remember about flossing is to be consistent. Floss at least once every day. Flossing cleans bacteria and plaque from nearly half of a tooth’s surface that is unreachable with brushing alone.
Importance of Professional Teeth Cleaning
Even the most thorough at-home hygiene routine cannot remove all of the plaque from teeth. There are crevices in a tooth’s surface that a single toothbrush bristle cannot access, but bacteria are able to insinuate themselves into these spaces leading to tooth decay. Professional cleanings remove plaque from every tooth surface, and give our team another opportunity to diagnose oral health concerns in the earliest stages. Additionally, professional cleaning is the only way to remove dental calculus, sometimes called tartar, from teeth. In as few as 12 hours, crystals begin to form within plaque hardening and bonding it to teeth. This tartar buildup cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing alone.
What to Expect at Your Oral Hygiene Appointment
Hygiene appointments begin with a removal of plaque and tartar from teeth. Your hygienist systematically clears away built up bacteria until each tooth is clean. Then, the hygienist flosses and polishes teeth. If the hygienist notices any areas of concern, we discuss necessary adjustments to your at-home hygiene routine, and other preventive services that may help protect your smile. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments are great options to protect and strengthen teeth for patients who struggle with tooth decay.
Contact Your Fremont Dentist to Learn More
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup and professional cleaning, contact James Block Dentistry today. Regular dental examinations and cleanings are an essential part of caring for your smile, and keeping your natural teeth for a lifetime. Our skilled Fremont, CA dental team is happy to answer questions or schedule an appointment today.