Preventive Dentistry (Dental Cleanings/Deep Cleaning)
What is a Cleaning / Deep Cleaning?
Cleanings are critical to the overall health and wellness of your smile. They are done to remove plaque, tartar and stains to reveal a healthy, beautiful smile underneath. For patients with gum disease, cleanings are the best way to prevent progression of the disease. If the plaque and tartar are not removed, it starts to build up under the gums and causes Periodontitis. A Deep Cleaning is required at this stage to remove the plaque and tartar from under the gums, a Deep Cleaning requires numbing.
We recommend having a professional dental cleaning every six months to prevent the need for a Deep Cleaning.
Why are Cleanings needed?
Cleanings are done to remove tartar and stains from your teeth. Tartar occurs when plaque has hardened, causing a chalky white buildup on many surfaces of your teeth. Not only is tartar unsightly, but it can be detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums. Removing this tartar through a professional cleaning helps to prevent gingivitis, gum disease and tooth decay.
How often should a Cleaning be done?
Cleanings should be done once every six months. This helps to get rid of tartar buildup and stains before they’re allowed to get worse. Even if it’s been awhile since your last cleaning, it’s never too late to take a proactive approach to your dental health. Cleanings can be done on patients of all ages and regardless of the state of your current smile.
What can you expect during a Cleaning?
The cleaning often begins with x-rays taken to help in diagnosing underlying dental conditions. The teeth are then carefully scraped and cleaned to remove tartar, plaque and stains. Once the teeth are cleaned, they are polished to a high shine and flossed carefully to remove plaque between the teeth. Cleanings typically take about half an hour or slightly longer depending on the amount of buildup currently on your teeth. Most often, cleanings are accompanied with a dental examination to check for cavities, problematic restorations and even oral cancer. Preventative care through the use of expert cleanings is the best way to keep your smile healthy and free of cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
If you think you might need a dental cleaning and want to come in for an appointment, call us now and we’ll be happy to further assist you.