Things to Know Before Your Teeth Cleaning Appointment
Frequency of Teeth Cleaning
Periodic teeth cleaning is necessary in order for our dentist to conduct a thorough examination of your oral health. Our dentist will review your dental history and analyze your teeth to check for abnormalities, such as cavities. If your oral health is deemed in good standing, our dentist will recommend the usual twice a year cleaning. Nevertheless, some people still prefer to get routine teeth cleaning more frequently. For children, it is recommended that parents start them as early as three years of age as preventive care for their oral hygiene.
Types of Cleaning
There are several methods of teeth cleaning used by dentists. Typically, when you visit the dental office, our dentist will perform the a regular cleaning procedure to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, depending on your current oral health, you might need a different cleaning procedure. After an oral examination, our dentist will recommend which cleaning process will work best for you.
Following are different types of teeth cleaning:
A regular cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, is a preventive process in which our dentist removes stains, tartar, and plaque from your teeth. This teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by our dentist to be done at least twice annually, depending on your oral health.
This type of cleaning is also known as root and scaling. This teeth cleaning procedure is recommended if our dentist identifies signs of gum disease. Symptoms can include a heavy buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, and x-rays that show loss of teeth support from deep gum pockets. Deep cleaning is then completed in different sessions (quadrants) of your mouth by the dentist.
Full Mouth Debridement
In rare cases, when there is drastic tartar and plaque buildup, making it difficult to finish an oral examination, our dentist would recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth. This process is performed by our dentist before the oral examination is conducted so a proper diagnosis can be given.
This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by the dentist after you have undergone a deep cleaning treatment. This process of teeth cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque from below and above the gum line, a deep cleaning of certain areas on your teeth, and is followed up by polishing. This cleaning is important after gum surgery, and may be continued per directions of our dentist in order to monitor the recurrence of gum disease.
The Process of Teeth Cleaning
For routine teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:
First, our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. If any problem areas are identified, further tests and examinations will take place. Our dentist may also review your dental history. Once the examination has been done, the dentist will move on to start the process of teeth cleaning.
Removal of Tartar and Plaque
The teeth cleaning process will remove any tartar and plaque buildup missed by normal brushing. This process might take longer if you haven’t had your teeth cleaned professionally in a while, especially if it is your first time.
After the tartar and plaque have been removed, our dentist will start polishing up your teeth using a special toothpaste.
This step might feel unnecessary if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually an important part of the cleaning process. Flossing will help in removing any leftover plaque that was missed in the first two steps of professional teeth cleaning. This will also help our dentist identify any more problem areas, such as gum sensitivity and bleeding.
Rinsing and Fluoride Application
Last, our dentist will rinse out your mouth and start the fluoride treatment. Applying fluoride is essential as it helps in protecting your teeth from damage and decay.
Benefits of Teeth Cleaning
As mentioned before, the teeth cleaning process is crucial for your oral health. By visiting our dentist office for your biannual cleaning treatment, these are the advantages you will experience:
The stains on your teeth are typically caused by tobacco usage, wine, tea, and coffee drinking. These stains can be eliminated, however, with the help of professional teeth cleaning. This will leave your teeth nicely polished, giving you a brighter, more beautiful smile.
Plaque, a white film that covers your tooth, is one of the major causes of tooth decay. This is an acidic substance which starts to eat away the enamel. If it is not removed regularly, the buildup results in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps in eliminating plaque to prevent cavities.
Tooth Loss Prevention
When plaque buildup is left unattended, it can also results in gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, it may damage the bone support in the jaw. This can be prevented by routine, professional teeth cleaning by our dentist.
Bad Breath Prevention
Regular professional cleaning strongly contributes to great oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.
Numerous studies have determined that there is a link between oral health and overall health. Regular, professional teeth cleaning from our dentist helps prevent gum disease and other oral problems, and helps maintain your complete oral health.
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