What is dental hygiene?
It is a combination of professional procedures and at-home care that saves and keeps teeth healthy.
By taking proper care of Your oral health, You can prevent caries, periodontitis (inflammation of the tissues around the tooth) and other gum diseases.
The main causes of plaque:
- poor cleaning of teeth;
- improper dental care products;
- consumption of soft, cooked food;
- low quality, hanging seals;
- irregular position of teeth in the jaw.
Dental hygiene must be performed:
- if You notice bleeding gums while cleaning Your teeth;
- as a preventative measure to avoid gingivitis (inflammation of the gums); periodontitis and other diseases of the oral cavity;
- in preparation for a dental treatment;
- in the treatment of periodontal diseases;
- in early pregnancy;
- before teeth whitening;
- prophylactically, if necessary to remove stones and plaque, or according to the dentist’s recommendations.
How is a professional dental hygiene procedure performed?
- Dental plaque and stones are removed with a piezo scaler and hand tools – curettes.
- We remove pigmented surface stains by the most advanced method of air abrasion, also called “Air-flow”, using ultra-fine powder of soda pearls or glycine. The particles of this powder are round, so they do not scratch the surface of the teeth and make them noticeably brighter after the procedure.
- At the end, all teeth are polished with a paste and covered with fluoride or calcium-containing enamel-strengthening gel. As a result, the teeth’ surface becomes smooth, shiny and soft, making future dental plaque accumulation less likely.
- At the end of the procedure, patients receive a short training in appropriate individual mouth hygiene at home. Interdental brushes, toothpaste and other relevant dental care products are individually selected.
How long does dental hygiene take and how often is it repeated?
On average, the procedure takes 30-60 minutes. After the procedure, it is recommended to protect the teeth from irritants for several hours, not to eat or drink contrasting hot and cold food, drinks.
It is recommended to perform professional dental hygiene every 6 months. In patients with a tendency to plaque build-up and complex dental or gum conditions, the procedure is recommended every 3-4 months.
Tips for daily dental hygiene at home:
- Brush Your teeth twice a day in a vertical up-and-down motion. Allow at least two minutes for each cleaning.
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Use interdental floss: this is a reliable way to clean up the soft plaque that has accumulated in the interdental spaces. It should be waxed and impregnated with fluorine.
- Use a tongue brush: this will reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque.
- Drink a glass of water after each meal – it also removes plaque.
Important to know
Professional dental hygiene should be the first procedure performed before starting any dental treatment.
We recommend performing dental hygiene before endodontic, orthodontic treatment, filling, teeth whitening, oral surgery, implantation, etc.
For what purpose is a professional dental hygiene procedure performed? Why is it needed?
The dental hygiene procedure in the clinic is considered to be the main professional tool for the prevention of dental and gum diseases. Regular visits to the dental hygienist allow for assessment of mouth’s and teeth’s entire condition. By noticing early changes (gingivitis, initial caries, etc.), we can prevent their progression and cure them more easily. Such a visit also provides important information about the condition of Your teeth, preventive measures and methods.
How often to perform professional dental hygiene?
It is recommended to perform the dental hygiene procedure twice a year. This will prevent more serious oral diseases, preserve a healthy smile and all dental functions.
When to consult a dental hygienist?
At first signs of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. Dental hygiene is also especially important when wearing braces, preparing to perform teeth whitening, tooth implantation, prosthetics, or canal treatment.
Is a painful professional dental hygiene procedure?
This procedure is usually painless.
However, the sensations during the procedure are highly dependent on the oral health condition and the patient’s individual sensitivity to discomfort. In case of severe periodontitis or extremely sensitive teeth, we can recommend local anesthesia.
After the dental hygiene procedure, teeth sensitivity increased and the gums bleed. Is it normal?
Yes, it is normal to feel unpleasant sensations such as bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity for a few days after the procedure. Usually, the discomfort decreases after two days, and the oral cavity recovers completely within two weeks. If the unpleasant sensations last longer, we recommend that You consult a dentist.
What happens if I perform a professional dental hygiene procedure less often, for example, every 1-2 years?
If You do excellent daily dental care at home and there is no tendency to accumulate dental plaque, then the condition of the mouth can be quite normal after a year. However, if the teeth are cleaned haphazardly, this paves the way for the accumulation of plaque and the formation of stones and after a single year we can notice development of gingivitis, which, if left untreated for another year or more, could lead to signs of periodontitis.
Is professional dental hygiene performed for children?
Yes, the procedure is also performed for children whose teeth have already erupted.
|S. No.||Service||Price (€)|
|1||Individual dental care instruction||FREE OF CHARGE|
|2||Single-visit dental hygiene (stone removal, Air Flow, polishing + GIFT||58 Eur|
|3||Air-flow tooth polishing with soda pearls, glycine powder and polishing paste||36 Eur|
|4||Professional dental hygiene for one jaw (difficult cases, single-visit)||47 Eur|
|5||Dental hygiene for children under 16||32-37 Eur|