Professional Teeth Cleaning
How Important are Professional Cleanings?
When plaque is left too long, it can harden into tartar, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush. A dental cleaning is essential for removing build up on your teeth, including from the hard to reach areas, helping you to optimize your oral health. While you can remove both plaque and oral bacteria with your tooth brush, it isn't completely enough to keep them away. Plaque and oral bacteria build up in your mouth and can lead to some oral health issues. Both can cause irritation that can lead to gum disease, while bacteria produces acids that can eat away at the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. This is why it is recommended to get your teeth cleaned at least every six months. It keeps at bay all the plaque and tartar buildup.
Removing Buildup from Your Teeth
Your dental cleaning begins with a thorough cleanse of all surfaces of your teeth – front, back, chewing surfaces, between the teeth, and at the gum line – effectively removing plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris. We take the time to clean all of these spaces and remove even the most stubborn buildup.
Examining Your Teeth
We check for signs of damage and decay on your teeth and look over your gums for signs of redness, swelling, and any other abnormalities. This exam is important for detecting oral health issues in their earliest stages (when you may not notice them at home) and provide you with prompt, appropriate treatment to keep your mouth happy and healthy.
Polishing Your Teeth
Once your teeth have been examined, we finish your dental cleaning by polishing your teeth. This involves the use of an electric hand piece and a special dental polish. The polish contains abrasives that scrub your teeth clean and help to remove surface stains. We will floss your teeth as well, which will remove any lingering polish or dislodged buildup that has accumulated during your cleaning. If necessary, we can also provide you with a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of a Dental Cleaning
Dental cleanings offer several benefits beyond cleaning your teeth:
• Along with regular care at home, dental cleanings help to prevent serious oral health issues.
• Your breath is fresher when you leave the office.
• Clean, healthy teeth can help to prevent serious issues.