A Complete Guide to Professional Teeth Cleaning
Types of Cleaning
When you visit our dental office, our dentist will perform a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque build-up. Should you need a different cleaning procedure, depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health, our clinic can guide you through the various services provided.
Following are the different types of teeth cleaning:
Types of Cleaning
There are several types of professional teeth cleaning. Typically, when you visit the dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque build-up. However, you might need a different cleaning procedure depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health. Following are the different types of teeth cleaning:
A regular cleaning is also known as prophylaxis and it is a preventive process in which our dentist eliminates stains, tartar and plaque from your teeth. The teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by the dentist to be done in regular intervals, twice or once annually depending on your oral health.
- Deep Cleaning
This type of cleaning is also called root and scaling planning. This teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, x-rays showing loss of teeth support and/or identification of deep gum pockets.
This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by the dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. This process may be continued in different intervals as per the directions of our dentist after determining your oral health.
- Full Mouth Debridement
In rare cases, when there is drastic tartar and plaque buildup making it difficult to even finish up an oral examination, our dentist might recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleaning
There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist office to have your teeth cleaned:
- Early Detection of Dental Problems and Diseases
Our dentist will conduct the regular teeth cleaning procedure but, at the same, have a chance to have a detailed look at the condition of your teeth, gums and oral hygiene. Additionally, our dentist will screen you, a process through which he will be able to detect any possible problem that you may have. Early diagnosis is pivotal for the effective treatment of a number of conditions and diseases. If the dentist finds any problems with your teeth, such as cavities and broken fillings, they may suggest the necessary treatment to improve the condition.
- Tooth Loss Prevention
When plaque build-up is left unattended, it may result in gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support in the jaw.
The stains on your teeth are typically caused by of tobacco usage, wine, tea and coffee. However, these stains can be removed with the help of teeth cleaning which leaves your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and more beautiful smile.
Improved Health and Bad Breath Prevention
Regular teeth cleaning from our qualified dentist can result in reducing your risk of various diseases. Also, good oral health means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.
- Cavities Prevention
Plaque, a white film that covers your tooth is one of the major reasons of tooth decay. This is an acidic substance which starts eating 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.
The Process of Teeth Cleaning
This is what can expect during your visit to our dental office:
Our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified further tests would be recommended if any issues are found. The dentist may also ask for your dental history and whether you have undergone a recent dental treatment. Once the examination has been done, the dentist will move on to start the process of teeth cleaning.
Removal of Tartar and Plaque
Any teeth cleaning process starts with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process might take longer if you haven’t had your teeth cleaned professionally in a while. Plaque is usually reduced with regular brushing and flossing, but it is not eliminated completely.
- Polishing and Flossing
After the tartar and plaque has been removed, our dentist will start polishing your teeth using toothpaste. Next, our dentist will start flossing your teeth. This step might feel unnecessary to you if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually important in the cleaning process. Flossing will help in remove any leftover debris and plaque that was missed in the first two steps of teeth cleaning.
- Rinsing and Fluoride Application
Lastly, our dentist will rinse your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride treatment.
Frequency of Teeth Cleaning
The frequency of the teeth cleaning varies for each patient and can only be determined after our dentist conducts a thorough examination of your oral health.
Getting your teeth cleaned is essential for maintaining the good health of your teeth and gums. Call us for an appointment at Smiles On Calumet in Appleton, Wisconsin and check out our services. Our dentist will answer all your concerns and questions and will make your experience a comfortable one.