Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning

A person’s oral health depends on two crucial factors: willingness to brush and floss daily and commitment to see a dentist at least twice a year. There are several reasons to get a professional teeth cleaning:

  1. It can prevent cavities. That thick layer on your teeth is called plaque and it can lead to tooth decay. Most of the plaque in your mouth can be removed by brushing and flossing but there are still plaque that can only be taken out by dental cleaning.
  2. It can stop tooth loss. Plaque build up not only leads to tooth decay but also gum disease. When it advances, it can move further into the tooth and destroy the bone tissue in your jaw, causing the tooth to become loosened and fall out.
  3. It can keep your breath fresh. Halitosis is usually brought about by the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, especially in the corners of the teeth that are hard to reach by brushing. Keep your breath fresh by getting professional teeth cleaning.
  4. It can brighten your smile. The food and drinks we consume can stain the teeth. A dental cleaning, while not really as effective as teeth whitening, can make your teeth a few shades lighter.
  5. It can save you money. Many dental procedures are quite expensive so instead of having to pay for restorative treatment, why not take preventive measures to avoid dental problems before they happen?

How Teeth Cleaning is Done

When you come for your appointment, your teeth cleaning generally involves 3 steps:

  • Scaling – Our dental hygienist will use a special tool called a scaler to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth by scraping them. We may also use an ultrasonic scaler which can break large tartar buildup through gentle vibration and water.
  • Polishing – Using a handheld tool with a spinning head, we will polish the surface of your teeth using a specially formulated paste to remove stains and make the teeth smooth.
  • Fluoride – We usually recommend fluoride treatment after each teeth cleaning to strengthen your teeth’s enamel.

Your comfort is our priority. We want to make sure your experience in our office is positive so you’ll never feel anxious about your dental visits. If at any time you feel any discomfort, let us know and we will apply numbing gel so you won’t feel any sensation during the entire procedure.