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5 Answers to Questions About Getting Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

by Abby Singson
October 23, 2018

Not everyone has the right mindset when it comes to dental health.

Knowing for sure you brush your teeth twice or thrice a day and then floss right after will make you think you don’t need to visit your dentist ever again. Dentist visits can be scary after all, especially with all the drilling sounds and having to be awake for the whole procedure. So why even bother?

Here’s why: Dental plaque forms when leftover food particles and saliva mix inside your mouth. It soon hardens into tartar, which explains that rough feeling on the tongue when you run it over your teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque, but we can’t completely avoid it because our mouth can still house bacteria from all the kinds of food we eat. There are also nooks and crannies in our set of pearly whites that we tend to miss even if we brush and floss regularly. Without professional help, the bacteria living in the plaque near the gums can also release toxins that can eventually lead to inflammation—a sign of gum disease.

As plaque turns into tartar, regular brushing and flossing becomes futile. Before things get out of hand, call your dentist and schedule an oral prophylaxis: a dental procedure done to rid teeth of the tartar buildup and help restore them to their optimum health.

Still wary? Here are some answers to questions you may have about oral prophylaxis to guide you through the whole process:

1. Do I need to get a consultation first?

Before you go marching into your dentist’s clinic requesting for a deep cleaning, always make sure you get your teeth checked first. Though generally the process is safe for everyone, an assessment from your dentist will help greatly with the procedure. You may have sensitive teeth, which can cause some discomfort during oral prophylaxis. You may also have existing dental conditions that need to be addressed before the procedure.

What’s great about dental clinics nowadays is that they offer special discounts for complete cleaning packages that include pre-care (which is your dental consultation), the oral prophylaxis procedure itself, and even post-care such as fluoride treatments.

And for complete packages like that, try Novodental. They have three branches across Metro Manila, all with expert dental teams on board and the most advanced dental technology and treatments—from general to cosmetic dentistry—that are incredibly affordable for the quality of service.

3/F Ayala Malls the 30th
Meralco Avenue, Pasig
(02) 720 9096
(0917) 115 6686

3/F Pedro Gil Wing Robinsons Place Manila
Ermita, Manila
(02) 740 6686
(0917) 158 6686

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1415 Adriatico St., Malate, Manila
(02) 353 7218
(0917) 597 4786

2. Will I undergo any other dental procedures before the cleaning itself?

A teeth cleaning session is kind of like getting your car maintained—a regularly scheduled event that’s not really something you prepare for or feel nervous about.

However, again, we’d recommend getting a consultation first. Some dentists will recommend you undergo a Panoramic X-Ray, just so you can get the most out of your consultation. That’s also the best way to know if you’re expecting wisdom teeth anytime soon!

Some clinics don’t have X-Ray machines, so you have to head over to another place and pay a separate fee. Thankfully, dental institutions like MetroDental—which has over 15 branches nationwide—can provide you a consultation, a Panoramic X-Ray, and oral prophylaxis all in one go.

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View list of branches here.

3. Is oral prophylaxis painless?

If this is the first time you’re having it done, your apprehension is valid. Trips to the dentist may be quite daunting, but trust us when we say oral prophylaxis isn’t one of those procedures that will send you running to the door.

But while there’s technically no unbearable pain, you can expect a little bit of discomfort. Plaque buildup near the gums is troublesome to take off, and the procedure isn’t exactly a relaxing one. The best way around it is to have cleaning done regularly. Every six months is ideal but for people with periodontal disease, dentists recommend you undergo oral prophylaxis every 3 to 4 months. If you have braces, this can be as regular as every time you get them adjusted.

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4. What are the other benefits of oral prophylaxis?

Oral prophylaxis can help prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. The consultations with your dentist can also help in early detection of tooth and gum diseases too, since prevention is still better than cure. If you’re an avid coffee, tea, or wine drinker, this teeth cleaning procedure can remove stains caused by those liquids as well.

There are dental clinics in the Philippines that offer a dedicated stain removal procedure to really get in there and focus on bringing back the teeth to its natural color. Fashion Smile Dental Health & Spa does just that.

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Salcedo Village, Makati
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5. What extra steps can I do to take care of my teeth?

After dealing with plaque and tartar for so long, it won’t be a surprise if bacteria proves to be the reason for erosion on the surface of your teeth. To bring back the minerals to the tooth surface, many prefer to undergo fluoride treatments. It may not remove decay altogether but it can help in strengthening the teeth, preventing further damage.

Some also consider having their teeth professionally whitened through a peroxide-based whitening bleach to break down stains and make the teeth look whiter. This is great for those who can’t live without coffee and sodas, and for regular cigarette smokers.

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This article was last edited on March 5, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.

About Abby
Abby is a Manila-based photographer and writer enjoying her early twenties taking photos of her casual adventures and trying new yoga poses. She graduated with a Communication degree focusing on multimedia production so she can fulfill her childhood dream of shooting food and travel for magazines. Clothed with a passionate soul, she writes about anything she can overshare on.

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