Dental cleanings involve removing the microbes in the mouth and is crucial in maintaining optimum oral hygiene. Although at-home dental care practices like brushing and flossing the teeth help eliminate most of the bacteria from the mouth, there are chances that plaque and tartar can adhere to the teeth and tooth roots that would be hard to get rid of. For removing this, regular visits to the dentist's practice for dental cleaning sessions would be required.
It is recommended that patients should visit a dentist to perform professional dental cleaning at least once every six months.
What does dental cleaning involve?
Professional dental cleaning involves two procedures, namely scaling and root planing.
Scaling: Scaling involves using an ultrasonic scaling appliance that has a metal tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies, allowing the dentist to displace the tartar deposits from the teeth effectively.
Root planing:Patients who have gum diseases have deeper gum pockets as a result of receding gum lines. This allows the accumulation of microbes in the gum pockets and tartar deposits on the root surfaces. They can be removed by a procedure called root planing. During this procedure, the dentist will insert the scaling tip between the gums and tooth roots and scrape off the tartar.
Importance of routine dental cleaning
Dental cleanings by a dentist are important to stop the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The benefits of professional and routine dental cleaning include:
- Plaque removal- The buildup of tartar and plaque above or below the gum line can cause serious gum problems. Even with proper brushing and flossing at home, it is not always possible to remove all of the bacteria, debris, and deposits from the gum pockets. A professional dental cleaning at our practice using specialized dental equipment can remove the plaque buildup and remove it before it progresses.
- A healthier looking smile-Stained or discolored teeth can decrease the esthetics of a smile. Professional teeth cleanings are an effective treatment in getting rid of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath- Chronic bad breath can be an indication of advancing gum disease. Also, the combination of food particles in between the teeth and potential gangrene arising from gum infection results in bad breath. The removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria can noticeably reduce this issue and reduce infection.
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