Teeth Cleanings That We Offer
The Process of a Professional Teeth Cleaning
For a routine teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:
Removal of Tartar and Plaque
The teeth cleaning process starts with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits and move on to the smaller ones. The duration of this process varies, especially if it’s your first time.
Our dentist will also conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified and targeted with further examination and testing.
After the tartar and plaque have been removed, our dentist will polish your teeth to leave a healthy, smooth finish.
Rinsing and Fluoride Application
Finally, our dentist will rinse out your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride application. Applying fluoride is essential for your overall oral health as it helps protect your teeth from deterioration.
Types of Cleaning
There are different types of teeth cleanings. Typically, when you visit our dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, you may require an alternative or additional cleaning procedure as a result of your current oral health issues. After examination, our dentist will recommend the cleaning process that is most suitable for you.
Here are the different types of teeth cleaning treatments available:
A regular cleaning consists of a process in which our dentist eliminates stains, tartar and plaque from your teeth. This teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by our dentist to be done at least twice a year. For patients with gum health issues, our dentist could recommend more frequent visits.
This teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include a strong buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, x-rays showing tooth loss or identification of deep gum pockets.
Periodontal maintenance is typically recommended by our dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment, like deep cleaning. Continuous maintenance is vital to avoid the recurrence of gum disease. This process of teeth cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque from below and above the gum line and deep cleaning of certain areas on your teeth, all of which is followed up by polishing. This treatment is also recommended after oral surgery.
Full Mouth Debridement
Full mouth debridement is often recommended when there is an extensive buildup of material that makes the exam a challenge. It includes the complete elimination of hard tartar and plaque from your gums and teeth. This process is completed by our dentist before the oral examination is conducted.
Benefits of Teeth Cleaning
As mentioned before, the teeth cleaning process is crucial for your overall oral health. There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist to get your teeth cleaned. Some advantages you will experience are as follows:
Plaque is one of the major reasons for tooth decay, which is an acidic substance that starts eating away the enamel. If it’s not removed regularly, the buildup could result in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps eliminate stubborn plaque to prevents cavities.
Tooth Loss Prevention
When plaque buildup is left unattended, it can result in gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque also spreads and may damage the bone support in the jaw. Such a situation results in loose teeth and, eventually, tooth loss.
Bad Breath Prevention
Regular professional cleanings allow you to stay on top of your oral health. Good oral health results in fresh breath and a healthy mouth.
The stains that appear on teeth are typically caused by smoking, wine, tea and coffee drinks. However, these stains can be eliminated with the help of teeth cleaning, which leaves your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and more beautiful smile.
Numerous studies have determined a link between overall health and oral health. Regular teeth cleanings performed by our dentist can help you achieve optimal oral health.
Frequency of Teeth Cleaning
Our dentist will advise on how often teeth cleanings should be performed, and our team will schedule them for you accordingly. The frequency varies by patient, so it is advised to schedule an appointment with our dentist. A protocol for teeth cleanings and other dental procedures can be given at that time.
For children, it’s recommended that parents begin scheduling cleaning as early as three years of age, and these appointments should occur twice a year. This process helps them achieve and maintain good oral hygiene from a young age.
Professional teeth cleaning is essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Schedule your appointment at Aberdeen Dental Care in Aberdeen, Maryland by calling 410-306-6040. Our dentist and team are excited to assist you on your journey to a healthy, confident smile!