Teeth Cleaning / Dental Cleaning
The Importance of Getting Teeth Cleaning
As a general rule-of-thumb, most people know that they should visit the dentist every 6 months. But what about teeth cleanings?
In short, the regularity will depend on your commitment to oral hygiene and your oral health. People with healthy teeth and gums who follow an effective oral hygiene program may only need a dental cleaning once a year, or at bigger intervals, even. However, this is often an exception to the rule, as gum disease is highly prevalent in society today. Part of the dental cleaning, is an oral cancer scan. Your dentist will also check for signs of other oral diseases that originate in the mouth.
You should follow your dental hygienist’s guidelines for cleaning your teeth and taking care of your mouth in between appointments. It is his or her responsibility to support your efforts for fighting gum disease by providing treatment, but prevention is up to you.
What Are Dental Cleanings?
Otherwise known as scale and polish, dental cleanings are done to remove plaque and tartar deposits from teeth. Over time, calculus and a sticky bacteria-invested film builds up on the teeth. Saliva is continually present in the teeth, and it contains calcium that helps to strengthen the teeth. However, the calcium also does build up on the teeth. Over time, this turns into a chalky substance that may resemble the same color and texture as the teeth, but it may also be discolored and unsightly.
If the tartar accumulates on the teeth, it provides the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Polishing and scaling basically leaves the surfaces of the teeth smooth and clean, making it difficult for bacteria to adhere to them.
Professional dental cleaning is a prophylactic, which means that it prevents gum disease along with regular, quality home care.
How Does Holland Dental Clean My Teeth?
When you schedule your next appointment, be sure to mention that you want a dental cleaning. The doctor will use specialized equipment that is gentle on the teeth, to gently remove the deposits. Most people find the cleanings painless and enjoyable, however, be sure to let us know if you are sensitive. For the most part, you should feel a cooling water mist, a gentle pressure during scraping and tickling vibrations from the polisher. Afterwards, your mouth should feel clean and your teeth smooth and sparkly.
Painful gum tissues, exposed dentines and a rough dental hygienist are some of the reasons for discomfort. If you feel any pain or discomfort, be sure to let us know. There are ways in which we can make it a bit more enjoyable.
Gross Debridement is a general plaque and calculus removal, and it is recommended for people with periodontal disease and gingivitis. It allows better visibility and access for probing and diagnosis, and it allows the inflammation to settle down before other treatment is administered.
Scale & Polish takes place after the gross debridement in patients who have early periodontal disease or moderate to severe gingivitis. It is an added fine cleaning to remove any calculus from under the gums.
Root Planing treats mild or moderate periodontal disease and usually is administered after gross debridement. Also known as a deep cleaning, we will apply antibiotic gels to treat periodontal disease.
Periodontal Cleaning is a treatment administered to patients with periodontal disease at a frequency of about once every three months in order to prevent further bone loss.
Dental cleaning is vital for patients who want to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Speak to your dentist about the frequency and the type of teeth cleaning you require.
Other important information about Dental Cleaning:
- Read our article on Dental Cleaning: All About Your Bi-Annual Dental Visit
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