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Will Dental Cleaning Make My Teeth Whiter
Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. It is important to have the teeth cleaned thoroughly. This may involve use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth (scaling). Meticulous home oral hygiene is necessary after professional tooth cleaning to limit further destruction. The dentist or hygienist will demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques. It is often recommended that patients with periodontitis have professional tooth cleaning more frequently ...Read more
Will teeth whitening kits from the store work better after a dental cleaning? I’ve read that the dentist cleans your teeth before doing the whitening. Does that mean that the gunk on your teeth stop the whitening solution from working? So if i buy white s
Generally no: The dentist "cleans" the teeth before whitening, but it is not with prophy/toothpaste. It is with pumice, which is just an abrasive, without fluoride. The abrasive pumice cleans the surface of enamel and allows the whitening gel to get further into the tooth to whiten faster. The only difference is the speed of whitening. If at home, just brush with water before whitening to get same effect. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can cause upper right teeth from becoming extremely sensitive when biting down following a dental cleaning. This has never happened before. ?
Possible sinusitis : I note in your history several sinus scans. The Maxillary Sinus is right above the upper teeth and an inflamed sinus can make the teeth sore. Give it a week and if the symptoms are still present, check with your ENT. If the sinus is clear, go see your dentist. Good luck. ...Read more
Definitely, yes: Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar by definition. The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth and surrounding tissue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a dentist refuse a dental cleaning, if he insists on doing a deep cleaning on three teeth? All i wanted was a regular cleaning.
Yes: If you your dentist says that you need a deep cleaning on some of your teeth then he should have informed you that you have periodontal disease affecting those areas and the standard of care for treatment is scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). Your dentist can either choose to not treat you the way you request or have you sign an informed refusal to treat the periodontal disease then clean. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I don't like flossing my teeth. Can I use mouthwash instead of floss? If yes then which one will work same as floss. I go for regular dental cleaning.
Sorry you must floss: There are places between your teeth and beneath the gum cuff that can only be reach with dental floss. By disturbing the bacterial plaque colony with floss you allow the saliva to flow in and neutralize the acid and toxins that bacteria produce as a part of their life cycle. Mouth wash is not enough. http://www.drneilmcleod.com/procedures/cleanings-prevention/plaque-control/. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I took every year dental cleaning for my teeth but why I noticed some of my gums lines on front teeth are a little bit swelling that it recedes?
2 days after a dental cleaning, my son woke up with swelling behind his 2 front left teeth as well as very swollen upper left lip. Now its worse.
Is dental cleaning /scaling (done by drill like thing in office) is good or bad for teeth. Is it true that it weakens the teeth by removing layer. ?
Recommended: There are many good reasons for having your teeth professionally cleaned. To keep your teeth, to prevent gingivitis, to have whiter more attractive teeth and improve your general health. It's actually safe when performed according to current standards by your dentist or dental hygienist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a dentist shave off your teeth too much during a dental cleaning? what about when she scrapes off the tartar? my gums hole is bigger than last tim
Teeth whitening is a treatment of the tooth to reduce pigments so enhancing their appearance and reducing discoloration. Usually the outer enamel is lightened using an oxygen releasing carbamide product for extrinsic bleaching, but when access to the pulp chamber is possible, intrinsic bleach with a stronger reagent that can significantly reduce the color. Dr neil mcleod dds ...Read more
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