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— PDC Bromley

Teeth Cleaning in Bromley

A beautiful smile starts from a healthy smile, this is why at PDC we insist so much on the importance of oral hygiene and oral prevention.

It is essential to remember some simple yet crucial precautions. First and foremost, to maintain proper daily oral hygiene, it is advisable to perform daily teeth cleaning with a toothbrush, at least three times a day, for about 2-3 minutes each time, and replace the toothbrush every 2-3 months on average. Additionally, correct use of dental floss ensures precise mechanical removal of bacterial plaque from these spaces.

While personal hygiene consistency is necessary, it is not entirely sufficient.

Professional teeth cleanings are indispensable to reduce the risk of cavity formation, preserve dental health, and prevent the onset of periodontitis, which initially shows through redness and bleeding of the gums but can progress without apparent symptoms.

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FAQ on dental hygiene

To clean teeth properly, follow a consistent oral hygiene routine.

  • Brush your teeth gently for at least two minutes twice a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Pay attention to all tooth surfaces, including the back molars
  • Don't forget to clean your tongue and roof of your mouth as well
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth
  • Use alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse away bacteria and freshen breath

The cost of a teeth cleaning can vary depending on factors such as your location, dental insurance coverage, and the extent of cleaning needed. However, the price may be lower or higher based on individual circumstances and additional treatments required.

Cleaning wisdom teeth requires the same care as other teeth. 

  • Brush them gently
  • Be mindful of the surrounding gums and any potential sensitivity
  • Floss around wisdom teeth, ensuring no food particles or plaque are trapped.

If you experience discomfort while cleaning, consult us for guidance and possible solutions.

It is recommended to clean your teeth after breakfast. Brushing after eating helps remove any food particles and plaque buildup, reducing the risk of cavities and gum issues. However, it's best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to avoid weakening the enamel.

Cleaning between teeth is essential for overall oral health.

To reach the spaces between teeth you can use:

  • dental floss, 
  • interdental brushes, 
  • dental picks.

Gently move the floss or brush back and forth, removing plaque and debris. Make sure to clean both sides of the neighbouring teeth for thorough cleaning.

Tartar, or hardened plaque, cannot be removed by regular brushing or flossing. A professional teeth cleaning must perform tartar removal using specialised tools during a professional cleaning. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help prevent tartar buildup and maintain oral health.

Cleaning teeth with braces requires extra attention to ensure plaque and food particles are not trapped around brackets and wires. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and dental floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean between teeth and around the braces. Consider using a water flosser for additional cleaning and follow your orthodontist's guidelines for proper care.

Since it became a trend recently, we wanted to answer this question for you: please do not use baking soda to clean your teeth!

Baking soda can be abrasive and potentially damage tooth enamel over time, leading to tooth sensitivity and vulnerability to decay. Frequent use of baking soda may also disrupt the natural pH balance in the mouth, increasing the risk of harmful bacteria growth. Instead, it is best to rely on fluoride toothpaste recommended by dental professionals and maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups for optimal oral health.

It is common to experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after teeth cleaning, especially if you had lots of tartar to be removed around your gums.

If you experience this, try to:

  • rinse your mouth with warm saltwater
  • avoid hot or cold foods
  • stick to a soft diet for a day or two,

If pain persists or worsens, consult us straight away.

To clean stained teeth:

  • Maintain a good oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing with a gentle whitening toothpaste (ask us for a reliable one that doesn’t damage your teeth!), flossing.
  • Book regular dental check-ups.
  • Consider reducing the consumption of staining agents like coffee, tea, and tobacco products.
  • Book a professional teeth whitening treatment can be an option for more stubborn stains.

Chewing sugar-free gum can contribute to cleaner teeth. Gum stimulates saliva production, which helps neutralise acids, wash away food particles, and remineralize enamel. However, gum should not replace regular oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing; it can be a supplementary step in maintaining oral health.

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