Solidified plaque and tartar can only be removed by teeth cleaning.
Since we were children, we have all heard that brushing our teeth after every meal is enough to avoid suffering from cavities and other periodontal diseases, but this is far from being entirely true.
Although brushing your teeth is a fundamental part of dental hygiene, brushing should be complemented with the use of dental floss and mouthwash, and it still does not guarantee that the teeth are completely clean and free of bacteria.
In areas of the teeth and gums that the toothbrush cannot reach, bacteria and food debris accumulate, and it will end up turning into plaque.
Plaque is a soft substance that accumulates on the surface of the teeth and the gum line. Over time this plaque solidifies and turns into calculi and tartar. Plaque and tartar accumulation on teeth and gums increase the risk that the patient may suffer from cavities and periodontal disease.
However, thanks to a simple procedure performed by a dentist or dental hygienist, your teeth may be able to get rid of the discomfort caused by plaque and tartar: teeth cleaning.
What is teeth cleaning, and how is the procedure performed?
A dental cleaning is a procedure that allows removing plaque and tartar deposited on the tooth surface and the gums. This process is also known as “dental prophylaxis.”
The first thing to know is a teeth cleaning must be performed by a dentist or dental hygienist and in a dental practice.
First, the dentist will review the patient’s oral cavity to determine the teeth’s condition and identify possible deposits of plaque and tartar.
In some cases, the plaque may be hard to locate, so the dentist should apply a special substance to stain the plaque and tartar to make it more visible.
After the plaque and tartar have been identified, the dentist will proceed with the “scaling.” Plaque and tartar are removed by using an instrument called an “ultrasound tip.” The dentist will need to pay more attention to the gum line area, where it is common for plaque to accumulate more. It may also be necessary to use other hand instruments to scrape off stone debris completely.
The next step would be to use dental floss and an interproximal brush to completely clean the spaces between the teeth. After this, the stains are removed from the teeth using a special prophylaxis paste. In case there are still some stains that are more difficult to remove, the dentist will use a special instrument called an “air polisher” to remove them.
Finally, the dentist applies a fluoride gel to protect the tooth enamel. An anti-inflammatory gel is used to reduce the discomfort caused during the procedure and to prevent the gums from being inflamed.
The good and bad things about teeth cleaning.
The teeth cleaning procedure is intended to maintain your teeth’s hygiene and, therefore, keep them healthy; that’s the main benefit.
Removing plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth will prevent you from having a high risk of cavities, bad breath, or periodontal disease. It also benefits dental aesthetics since the teeth will be free of stains and dirt; that’s another plus point.
Also, a dental cleaning is a quick procedure: the duration will depend on the amount of plaque and tartar accumulated on the teeth, but it usually lasts between 50 and 60 minutes.
On the downside, we can say that dental cleaning could be a bit uncomfortable and cause gum bleeding. Still, these problems end after the procedure is finished. It could also cause tooth and gum sensitivity, but this would not last more than a few days.
How often should you get teeth cleaning?
Following your dentist’s recommendations, the patient should receive a dental cleaning every 8 to 10 months. However, a person suffering from any dental disease should visit their dentist every 4 or 6 months to receive a complete dental cleaning.
In conclusion, it is essential to maintain dental hygiene at home. Still, it is even more important to make routine visits to the dentist, in addition to receiving a teeth cleaning when necessary.
At Aberdeen Dentistry, we care about your dental health. If you are looking for the best place to get your teeth cleaned, visit our practice in Boynton Beach, FL, where our highly qualified dentists wait for you!