Professional dental cleaning is a simple way to dramatically improve and maintain your oral health.
Although regular brushing and flossing helps to remove food particles and reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, there are always certain areas that are difficult to properly clean. Certain kinds of impurities such as tartar (hardened plaque) can only be removed using professional tools in the dentist's office.
If you've been avoiding a professional teeth cleaning, don't be intimidated. We welcome you. The first step to ideal oral hygiene and a better looking smile is simply making the appointment.
Reasons to get a professional dental cleaning
Without professional teeth cleaning, plaque and tartar can build up and cause your teeth to appear discolored. Missing regular teeth cleanings can also result in gum disease and underlying bone deterioration, bad breath, tooth decay and even tooth loss.
Dr. Singer recommends dental cleaning every six months to get rid of all plaque, tartar and stains on your teeth and to avoid these problems. Prevention is truly the best path.
What to expect
Teeth cleaning is usually combined with an oral checkup during routine dental visits that take 60 minutes, depending on the condition of your teeth. Here's what to expect during your appointment:
First, Dr. Singer will examine your mouth using a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for plaque and tartar, stains, chips and cracks, signs of gum inflammation and other oral concerns.
Plaque and tartar removal
Next, the hygienist will remove plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth, focusing on the areas between the teeth and near the gum line where bacteria congregates, using a scaler.
Gritty toothpaste cleaning
After tartar removal, the hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste to gently scrub and polish your teeth.
The hygienist will reach deep between your teeth and clean potential trouble areas that you rarely reach when flossing at home.
The hygienist will use a liquid fluoride rinse to remove any debris from your mouth.
Depending on your case, Dr. Singer may perform fluoride treatment to strengthen tooth enamel to help avoid cavities. Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) may also be recommended to remove tartar below the gum line and at the roots if gum disease is present.
Professional dental cleaning is a vital component of maintaining your oral health. Even if the dental checkup reveals that you have other problems, teeth cleaning will be the first step to restoring your oral health.
If you have any concerns about your mouth or feel anxious about the teeth cleaning procedure, please contact our office for assistance. We're happy to help you and want you to feel at ease with our dental services.
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