Professional teeth cleaning is an essential part of dental health. Not only can a dental professional remove all traces of plaque and tartar, but cleanings are also part of the dental exam process. These visits give your dentist the opportunity to detect signs of decay or disease in the earliest possible stages when treatment is often most effective.
No matter how carefully you brush and floss, it’s virtually impossible to fully remove all of the plaque and tartar that accumulate on your teeth. When plaque and tartar extends to the areas below your gum line, it’s even more challenging to remove.
A dental professional has the tools and training to fully clean your teeth. They also have the advantage of a different angle and view than what you can accomplish on your own at home.
A dental exam is usually performed prior to your cleaning. Your teeth are checked for signs of concern, and any crowns, bridges, or other dental devices are also examined.
Next, your dentist or hygienist uses a small mirror and light to check all surfaces of your teeth, looking for accumulations of plaque and tartar. A tool called a scaler creates a scraping sound as plaque and tartar is removed.
Next, a powered toothbrush moves a special gritty paste across the surface of your teeth, delivering a deep clean and removing any lingering deposits. Full flossing is performed to clean the surfaces between each tooth, and your mouth is rinsed at the end of the process.
Your dental professional may apply a thin layer of fluoride to your teeth after your cleaning. This helps protect your teeth from decay and lasts for several months.
Most people benefit from coming in for professional teeth cleaning twice a year. If you have an active dental issue you’re being treated for you may need to come in more frequently, but a cleaning might not be part of every visit.
If you’re overdue for a professional teeth cleaning, call the office today to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes just moments to complete.