Teeth Cleaning and Oral Health FAQ

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How do I care for my new smile?

Is fluoride necessary for adults?

Why do I have bad breath and what can I do about it?

Are there any tips to help me after I have had a deep cleaning / gum therapy?


How do I care for my new smile?

Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your dental work. Maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. Daily brushing and flossing is a must.  Please review our “ Patient Education” section and Dental videos on this website for proper brushing and flossing techniques. Regular dental exams and professional cleaning appointments in our dental office are also extremely important. 

Is fluoride necessary for adults?

Most adults will benefit from fluoride treatments. When your teeth are polished a minute amount of fluoride rich enamel is removed, and the application of fluoride following the polishing helps to reestablish that fluoride seal. Fluoride also acts to help remineralize any decalcified areas and areas of sensitivity, like exposed roots. Fluoride also has bacteriostatic properties, that means it keeps bacteria from multiplying, which is a good thing and benefitial in preventing against dental decay.

Why do I have bad breath and what can I do about it?

Smoking and alcohol can cause the mouth to be dry and therefore a lack of saliva (xerostomia) can cause bad breath.    A build up of plague or tartar on your teeth and gum disease can also cause bad breath.  Bad breath can also be caused by tooth decay, certain foods and drinks, generalized dehydration, medications or illness.

What can I do to eliminate bad breath?

Schedule a dental appointment to find out if your bad breath is being caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or a medical condition that should be treated by a physician. If you have a dental problem, our dentists will recommend a course of treatment to stop any infection, clean and restore your teeth, and improve the health of your gums. Dr. Bailey or Dr. Bosch may also recommend that you take a hard look at your daily dental hygiene. Remember, you should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily. If your bad breath is not a dental problem, members of our dental team may suggest changes to your eating and drinking habits or refer you to a physician.

Are there any tips to help me after I have had a deep cleaning / gum therapy?

Deep gum therapy involves the removal of bacteria and plaque that has hardened around the tooth, gum tissue, and root structure. This calcified plaque and bacterial substance is often referred to as calculus, and its removal is essential in maintaining a healthy mouth.

After deep gum therapy, you may experience greater sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. This occurs because calculus often acts as an insulator, and with its removal, your teeth become exposed to temperature differences. The sensitivity should subside over time as your teeth become accustomed to their new clean environment.

Tips to help reduce tooth sensitivity:
  • Rinse with warm salt water (1 tsp salt to 1 cup warm water) to increase blood flow and help with the healing of your gums
  • Take an over-the-counter pain killer as needed; follow the directions on the bottle
  • It is very important to continue brushing and flossing at least twice a day; just use lukewarm water
  • Try using toothpaste specifically designed to reduce sensitivity such as “Sensodyne F”. These toothpastes help block the pain receptor tubules, decreasing sensitivity.
  • Additional Guidelines:
  • If you’ve had freezing, be careful not to bite your lip or cheek. You may want to avoid foods that require chewing until the freezing wears off.
  • Continue to eat healthy; you may want to eat a soft-textured diet until sensitivity subsides

Remember, you have just experienced a much needed “deep cleaning” and it may take about one week for the healing to occur and the sensitivity to subside.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call our office at 306-463-4661.