We all love Christmas and no matter how old you get the 25th of December is still a time of great excitement; whether it’s because of the snow, the colourful decorations or the gift giving, it’s simply a time of year when there’s a little magic in the air.
But after the excitement has died down and New Year has passed, how many of us spare a thought for how much damage we’ve potentially done to our teeth? It’s not something many of us consider and if you do spare a thought for our general health, it’s usually to make a New Year’s resolution to lose some Christmas weight.
What about the damage to our teeth? All the rich and sugary foods that are traditional around Christmas can really harm our oral health. The constant chocolates, sweets and alcohol that many people affiliate with Christmas can leave a lasting impression on our health.
One option to help repair some of the Christmas damage is to have a professional tooth cleaning. Also known as a scale and polish this is an intensive cleaning of the teeth performed at your dental clinic or practice.
While brushing twice a day is essential to maintaining good oral hygiene, there are always certain areas a toothbrush can’t reach or small amounts of plaque that are missed. A dental cleaning can remove the plaque and tartar that brushing at home misses.
The whole process is painless and will involve the use of instruments to remove larger build-ups of plaque before smaller tools are used to reach hard to reach plaque, tartar and bacteria. The final stages will involve polishing, giving the teeth surface a smooth feel. Some dentists will then apply flavoured fluoride, which will give your teeth an extra layer of protection.
The whole process leaves your teeth feeling exceptionally clean and you can leave the dental office with the peace of mind that your teeth are in the best of health.