Professional teeth cleaning is essential to maintain and improve oral health. Regularly scheduled visits help to ensure that your teeth will look great and function properly for many years to come. When you work with our high-quality dentist, you’ll feel better about your smile.
The Purpose of Teeth Cleaning
Your teeth naturally grow bacteria which leads to the formation of plaque and tartar. This bacteria cannot always be removed with any type of toothbrush that you may have at your home. To properly clean and care for your teeth, you must visit a dentist because we have the right tools that can remove plaque and tartar efficiently. If left untreated, the plaque can get into the gum tissue and cause a variety of problems like periodontal disease. In fact, many studies have recently linked poor dental health to heart problems.
If you haven’t had any x-rays done in a long time, we may suggest that you have them done. X-rays give us a detailed look at any affected areas that can be troublesome to your oral health now and in the future.
1. Our dentist will do a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, tongue, and gums to make certain that all areas of your mouth are properly cared for. A scaler is an object with a small hook on the end. This tool will be used to scrap as much tartar and plaque off your teeth as possible. The scaler helps us to get into all the small crevices between your teeth. We do gross and fine scaling to ensure complete cleaning.
2. If the plaque and tartar is extremely heavy, additional scaling procedures may need to take place. Once the scaling is completed, the polishing will begin. During this part of the cleaning, a suction tube will be placed into your mouth to help prevent you from choking on any saliva. We’ll use top-of-the-line brushes to carefully polish every part of your teeth. Our mission is to make certain that every tooth in your mouth is completely polished and without any plaque or tartar. In most cases, this part of the process takes about 10-15 minutes.
3. As soon as the polishing is finished, we will floss your teeth for you. We’ll make certain that any additional bacteria is removed. It is possible that you may experience slight bleeding during this phase of the treatment, especially if you haven’t had a cleaning in a long time or flossed regularly. Your gum tissue may be slightly enflamed, so even the gentlest touch with floss can cause the bleeding.
4. The final step is to have fluoride applied directly to all surfaces of your teeth. This fluoride comes in a variety of flavors for you to choose from, and it’s main purpose is to help prevent as much plaque and tartar build-up as possible in the future.
When you visit our office, you’ll be impressed with our comfortable, relaxed environment. We’ll want to have you as a regular customer, so we’ll give you all the information you need and create a treatment plan based upon the cleaning and x-rays if they were done. A thorough cleaning is instrumental to great oral health care, so let us improve your smile.