Why Teeth Cleanings are Necessary
Rarely do people look forward to having their teeth cleaned. However, it is something that we all must do if we want to maintain a healthy mouth.
Yes, even if you practice perfect oral hygiene at home, there still exists multiple reasons for you to see our family dentist at Courtside Dental. That is because a professional teeth cleaning goes beyond what you can accomplish alone with brushing and flossing.
Continue reading to learn how often you should receive a, what you can generally expect during your visit, and the overall importance of such appointments.
How Often You Should Go
Most dentists, including ours, agree that you should visit the office for a professional teeth cleaning every 6 months, twice a year. This accepted standard allows our dentist and dental hygienists to keep tabs on the health of your teeth and gums.
Now, if you have a history of gum disease or a recent dental issue was found at your last appointment, you may need to see our dentist more frequently. Every patient is different and our staff will be sure to advise you on your teeth cleaning timeline should you deviate from the standard.
Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth on your own is beneficial but does not effectively remove all plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup. If you are to, specialized dental tools, a trained hygienist, and regular cleanings are all required.
What to Expect
A teeth cleaning can be broken down into 4 main stages. Each component of the cleaning process is painless and relatively quick. The tools used will make various sounds but there is nothing to worry about as you are in good hands.
The stages of a teeth cleaning are:
- Oral Examination
- Removal of Plaque and Tartar
- Teeth Polishing
Every teeth cleaning will begin with an oral examination of your entire mouth. Our hygienists will visually check your teeth and gums for signs of gingivitis or other potential concerns. During this stage, an oral cancer screening for suspicious lumps or bumps may also occur.
Next, our hygienists will use a small tool called a scaler to carefully remove plaque and hardened tartar from around the gum line and in between your teeth. Scraping is normal while this is being done and the more tartar that exists, the more scraping you’ll hear.
With all tartar gone, our hygienists will move onto the third cleaning stage: polishing. A high-powered electric brush coated in gritty toothpaste is used to deep clean and remove any left behind tartar. The gritty consistency helps to gently scrub your teeth and is safe when used by a professional.
The final stage of a teeth cleaning consists of a flossing session. Our hygienists will expertly floss between your teeth and identify potential bleeding spots as they move throughout your mouth. Any plaque or toothpaste left over is removed at this time.
Prevention is our primary mission here at Courtside Dental. We want all of our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life and regular cleanings directly play into that.
In short, teeth cleanings rid your mouth of cavity causing plaque, prevent costly dental problems from arising, and protect you from tooth loss.