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 professional teeth cleaning is essential to remove hardened tartar that forms in hard-to-reach areas, so you can avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
What to Expect During a Cleaning
Professional teeth cleanings are a simple, painless process. Here's what you can expect during yours:
- 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 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. If necessary, we may also provide a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of a Dental Cleaning
Scheduling a professional teeth cleaning every six months offers numerous benefits, including the prevention of serious oral health issues like cavities and gum disease and the removal of surface stains to give you a whiter smile.