What is teeth cleaning?
Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of accumulated stains, plaque, and tartar (calcified plaque) deposits on the teeth using specialized instruments.
Teeth Cleaning Procedure:
- Teeth cleanings are performed by highly trained dental hygienists who work as a team with the dentist.
- The hygienist and dentist inspect every tooth for tartar.
- Periodically, dental x-rays can also be used to identify tartar build-up.
- Once tartar has been identified, it needs to be removed in an effective but not overly aggressive manner.
- Cleaning and inspecting every tooth takes time to ensure that the process is thorough and offers you the best results.
- The most important cleaning is done daily by the patient at home through brushing and flossing.
- Meticulous daily brushing and flossing makes cleanings at the dental office much easier and maintains optimal dental health.
How Often Do I Need a Teeth Cleaning Procedure?
- There is scientific evidence to support that regular teeth cleaning at intervals of four months or less help prevent periodontal disease. It takes three-four months for plaque (bacteria) to re-organize to have destructive properties on gums and bone.
- When the dental hygienists remove and disturb the plaque and tartar before it becomes destructive, periodontal disease can be prevented.
- Six-month teeth cleanings are the most common in North America, however, we respect our clients’ cleaning frequency preference but we always encourage the ideal four-month treatment plan for optimal health.
- Maintains a brighter smile.
- Helps prevent bad breath.
- Fluoride applications at teeth cleanings help prevent tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
- Prevents gum disease.
- Maintains overall oral health.