Teeth Cleaning

What is a teeth cleaning?

Women at bonita springs dentist during a teeth cleaningA teeth cleaning is a dental-preservation method that removes plaque and tartar buildup on teeth that has accumulated over time. Even if you brush and floss regularly, routine purifications are necessary to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Plague is a thin film of bacteria that encases your teeth and may cause tooth decay as well as gum disease. Tartar, also known as dental calculus, are hard calcified deposits that form on teeth and contribute to decay. The primary purpose of a dental cleaning is to remove all plaque and tartar as well as providing lasting protection for your teeth that will last you until your next cleaning. 

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning dentists, or dental hygienists will use specialized tools to remove the harmful buildups of plaque and tartar from your teeth.

  • The first tool often used for cleaning teeth is an ultrasonic instrument that uses vibrations to loosen larger pieces of tartar. The device may also squirt cool water to wash away any loosened debris.
  • Once larger pieces are dislodged, the hygienist may begin to use finer handheld tools such as curettes or scalers. These tools are aimed at eradicating the smaller remaining tartar deposits. Each tooth must be examined and treated individually to ensure all buildup has been removed.
  • Next, the teeth are polished to create a smooth, clean surface.
  • And finally, a fluoride treatment is applied to strengthen the teeth and ward off any more bacteria.

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Why is professional teeth cleaning important?

Regular dental cleanings provide additional protections that brushing and flossing alone cannot. Teeth purifications performed by a dental professional help to fight cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Not only will it provide you with healthy teeth but also good-looking ones. Cleanings can whiten and brighten your smile by removing stains that have accrued from wine, coffee, tea, tobacco, and other materials that enter our mouths. Thorough and frequent cleanings also eradicate persistent bad breath that can occur from bacteria concentrations. Lastly, studies indicate that there is a direct correlation between good oral health and good overall health. As some doctors say, “it all begins with the mouth”.

How often should I get a teeth cleaning?

You should meet with a dentist for a checkup and a cleaning at least every six months. This number may vary according to the type of oral care you demonstrate at home, as well as the severity of any existing gum disease or other conditions. If gum disease is present, you may want to visit more regularly to maintain and monitor the disease. Even if cavities and gum disease is not an issue for you, it is still important to visit your dentist annually to monitor other concerns such as the possibility of oral cancer.

It’s easier to clean teeth when the teeth are mostly clean. The longer you wait, the harder and longer it is to clean. 

What is a dental deep cleaning?

A dental deep cleaning, as opposed to a regular dental cleaning, consists of thorough cleaning of the teeth and the removal of plaque and bacteria beneath the gum line. A deep teeth cleaning may also be called a periodontal cleaning for its purpose of combating gum disease (periodontitis).The procedures performed to eradicate the bacteria are known as scaling and root planing.

The specialist performing the scaling will begin by using the specialized dental instruments to scrape and remove the bacteria from the teeth. After removal is completed, the dentist will plane the root of each tooth to carefully shape it, therefore, eliminating areas where plaque and tartar accumulate. Dental deep cleanings are accompanied by an anesthetic and are followed by an antibiotic to assist healing. Periodontal cleanings are so important because they correct damage caused by gum disease and prevent bacteria from occupying the root of the tooth where it can cause tooth loss as well as enter the bloodstream.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dental care is the proactive approach to promoting healthy oral hygiene that contributes to a healthy life. By proactively caring for your teeth and gums it saves you a lot of pain, stress, and dental costs. It is easier to instill daily brushing and flossing routines that develop into habits to avoid gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss than it is to repair these things once they occur. Daily oral care combined with a couple dentist visits and cleanings each year are efficient precautions to avoiding unwanted health problems. By staying on top of your oral health, you are allowing your immune system to fight off disease and bacteria in other areas without overwhelming itself and breaking down. A healthy diet will also add to not only healthy teeth and gums but also to a healthy body throughout. Dental cleanings, pocket readings, and fluoride treatment are all types of preventive care that attempt to stop problems before they start. Preventive dentistry provides the most protection for the health of your mouth that will greatly affect your overall health as well.

By staying on top of your oral health, you are allowing your immune system to fight off disease and bacteria in other areas without overwhelming itself and breaking down. A healthy diet will also add to not only healthy teeth and gums but also to a healthy body throughout. Dental cleanings, pocket readings, and fluoride treatment are all types of preventive care that attempt to stop problems before they start. Preventive dentistry provides the most protection for the health of your mouth that will greatly affect your overall health as well.

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