How Tooth Polishing Can Make Your Teeth Look Healthier

Tooth polishing is a procedure used to remove light surface stains that are not removed with regular brushing. It helps make teeth appear more lustrous and brighter.

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It can help reduce bad breath due to the buildup of oral bacteria. It also prevents gum disease by removing the bacteria that cause periodontitis.

Yellow Teeth

Yellow teeth are a common problem for many people and can affect self-esteem, but there are several ways to get rid of them. A good oral hygiene routine, including twice-daily brushing for two minutes each time and daily flossing will help remove the build-up of plaque that is a major cause of yellowing. Additionally, regular dental cleanings at least twice per year will remove food debris and stains from the surface of your teeth.

Avoiding foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, berries, coffee and dark sodas will also help prevent yellowing. It’s also important to stop smoking and tobacco chewing as these can also discolor your teeth and increase the risk of cavities.

An age-old remedy, neem datun (also known as neem sticks) are a natural way to remove yellow stains from your teeth. They have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, which help keep bacteria at bay, eliminate bad odors and protect your gum health. Using water dipped soft neem datuns and swishing them around in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes a few times a week can drastically reduce yellow stains. In addition, a toothpaste containing both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide has been shown to be effective in removing yellow stains and brighten your smile.

Slippery Teeth

Many people have slippery teeth, which can be caused by acidic drinks or poor oral hygiene. Using the polisher can make the tooth smooth and soft, and this can help reduce the risk of slippage. However, the polisher must be used properly to avoid harming the tooth and gums.

Tooth polishing helps to remove stains that cannot be removed by regular brushing. It can also help prevent the development of harmful oral bacteria and gum disease. This is why it is important to have your teeth polished by a professional at Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza on a regular basis.

Moreover, polishing may also protect the surface of teeth from damage by cariogenic bacteria. This is because bacteria attach more easily to rough surfaces than they do to smooth ones. Therefore, by removing bacterial plaque and surface stains, polishing can significantly lower the risk of tooth decay.

Dental hygienists should critically evaluate the risks and benefits of any procedure that removes a clinically significant amount of tooth structure. For example, scaling can cause tooth enamel damage and even lead to gum problems. It is essential for hygienists to use conservative polishing techniques and select abrasives that are appropriate in terms of their size, hardness, and grit. This way, the abrasion produced by polishing will be minimal. Furthermore, the abrasive should be applied in a controlled manner to limit heat generation and unwarranted abrasion.

Sensitive Teeth

If you feel a slight twinge or deeper nerve pain when brushing or chewing, your teeth may be sensitive. This usually happens when your enamel is worn thin from erosion or gum recession, exposing the dentin layer that connects to nerves in your teeth and gums.

Teeth sensitivity can be caused by eating highly acidic foods and beverages (like tomatoes, citrus fruits, sodas), brushing your teeth too aggressively, or grinding your teeth while you sleep (bruxism). Practicing good oral hygiene, using desensitizing toothpaste and rinsing with fluoride are all helpful in reducing tooth sensitivity.

During scaling, the dental hygienist might need to remove plaque in tight places (between crooked teeth or under the gums) that can feel uncomfortable and cause bleeding. The air suction, cool water and polishing compounds used for this procedure might also irritate the gums and teeth that are already sensitive.

Teeth sensitivity can be a symptom of other dental problems like cavities, a cracked tooth or gum disease, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about the issue and make a treatment plan. They might suggest using a desensitizing toothpaste or a prescription gel, tooth sealants or a filling material, or a crown or inlay to help protect the exposed dentin. Increasing the amount of water you drink, decreasing your intake of acidic foods and beverages, and using mouthwash can also help.

Gum Disease

Tooth polishing scrubs stains and plaque off teeth, making them look healthier. It is usually a cosmetic procedure, but it can also encourage good oral hygiene habits and help to prevent gum disease. However, it is important to have a proper assessment of a patient’s oral health before tooth polishing is done. It is vital to consider any underlying oral conditions that may be exacerbated by the rough powders used. For example, a patient with exposed cementum or gingivitis would need an extra-fine paste.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it is caused by a build-up of a sticky coating that contains bacteria called plaque. This causes the gums to become red and swollen, but it is treatable with professional cleaning and meticulous at-home oral care. Tooth polishing can reduce the bacterial load on the surface of the teeth and make them less vulnerable to future plaque, but it cannot heal gum disease or remove any damage that has already been done to the teeth.

Tooth polishing is generally done after scaling and root planing, which removes hardened plaque and tartar from the teeth and under the gum line. However, it is not a substitute for these procedures and should only be performed on stained teeth that do not respond to other cleaning methods.