Cleaning your teeth is the most important thing you can ever do for the health of your mouth. Keeping your teeth clean is the best way to avoid problems like gingivitis, periodontitis and eventual tooth loss – and there are different ways of cleaning your teeth to keep them as healthy as possible. Everybody brushes their teeth, right? But did you now there are different ways of brushing them? And different items that you can use to brush with? So how to clean your own teeth like a hygienist?
Let’s have a look at a few different methods for you to clean your teeth at home as well as they will be cleaned at the dentist.
How do hygienists clean your teeth
Hygienists are able to get to the areas of your teeth that you are not able to reach yourself, and they have a variety of tools to do the job that are more advanced that your standard toothbrush.
Your dental professional has the advantage of being able to look at your mouth from the outside, using a small mirror to see all the way into the cracks and crevices, and all the tools at their disposal.
So when you are nervously booked in for a hygienist appointment at the dentist, what actually happens? It’s nowhere near as scary as you might imagine, and it will work wonders for your oral health.
- The very first step is a thorough check around your mouth with the little mirror, checking for inflammation or gingivitis, or any other early signs of gum disease.
- Next, the hygienist will take a small, pointed tool to measure the depth of the pockets around the teeth. Anything around 3mm is considered normal, while anything over 5mm will require a deep clean.
- Each tooth will be individually scaled to ensure that every piece of tartar is removed from the surface of the tooth – you may notice a little sensitivity at this point, but it is not actually painful.
- The final part of the process is a polish with a substance like toothpaste, which will make your teeth squeaky clean and extra shiny.
How to clean your teeth like a hygienist
There are a good many steps you can take to ensure that even your daily cleans are as effective as the hygienist’s cleaning. Most of these are very simple, and you can achieve the same effect – making your teeth super clean – without having the expense or the worry of actually going to the dentist!
1. Use an electric toothbrush
This type of toothbrush is particularly effective at removing the build up of plaque, and are proven to be more effective than the hand held toothbrush.
2. Brush for at least two minutes
This allows you enough time to reach every corner of your mouth, and all the surfaces of the teeth.
3. Switch to a tartar control toothpaste
This type of toothpaste is much better at removing the food build up that collects on the teeth throughout the day, to prevent the plaque and tartar.
4. Brush your teeth the right way
Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line, and brush from one side of your mouth to the other.
When you have brushed the outside surfaces in this way, repeat on the inside of the teeth.
5. Clean in between your teeth
You can choose between floss or interdental brushes, whatever your preference – but removing the build up from in between your teeth is a sure fire way to a healthier mouth.
6. Consider using a water flosser
These clever devices can get into hard to reach areas and can loosen the plaque better than brushing or even flossing alone can.
7. Finish up your tooth brushing with a good mouthwash
This will not only freshen your breath, but it can increase the effects of the cleaning process and make it last for several hours.
Dos and don’ts of cleaning teeth
It is important that you don’t brush your teeth too hard, to avoid damaging the gums.
Make sure that you brush twice a day, and aim for at least two minutes of brushing. Don’t skip a brush, even if it is a very late bedtime and you can’t be bothered!
It is very important to clean in between your teeth, using either dental floss or interdental brushes, to really get rid of any residual food build up that can damage your teeth.
Use a good mouthwash after brushing, to swill away the last particles and to give your mouth a super clean feeling.
Although the dental hygienist will give your teeth a better, more thorough clean than you can ever do at home, you can replicate the effects of a hygienists clean at home, with very little effort and minimal cost.
Brushing your teeth well will set you up for a lifetime of great teeth, and a smile that lasts you all your days, so it’s well worth spending the time and a little extra effort to maintain a clean, healthy mouth.