Professional dental teeth cleaning is a procedure that is performed to remove plaque buildup and tartar from your teeth. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
What are professional teeth cleaning?
During teeth cleaning, we will gently remove any debris and plaque from your teeth. Then, we polish them to remove any stains or discolorations. When we’re finished, your mouth will feel clean and fresh!
Your teeth cleaning can typically take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. However, you may need to schedule additional appointments if you have gum disease or another oral issue that needs treatment.
To schedule your appointment for professional teeth cleaning, please call our dental office today! We look forward to helping you get a healthier smile.
What are the benefits of professional teeth cleaning?
Regular professional cleaning is so important to keep your mouth healthy and prevent cavities and gum disease. Our professional dental hygienists use tools to scrape away plaque that builds up on your teeth throughout the day. Plaque is a sticky, bacteria-filled film that can harden into tartar if not removed. Tartar can only be removed by a professional dentist or hygienist using special tools. The removal of tartar helps to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis, which are serious gum infections that can cause tooth loss.
A professional dental cleaning will also help to improve the appearance of your smile by removing stains from coffee, soda, red wine, and dark berries. Our friendly dentists are happy to give you pointers about good hygiene at home to help you maintain a great smile between visits!
Most patients should have their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. If you experience bleeding gums when you brush or floss, if you suffer from bad breath, or if you have sensitive teeth, you may need to visit the dentist more often. Your dentist may recommend more frequent appointments if you have signs of periodontal disease. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment!
What are the types of professional teeth cleaning?
There are different types of professional deep cleaning, but they all serve the same purpose – to prevent plaque from forming and to ward off gum disease. The first type of professional cleaning is called scaling and root planing, which involves removing built-up tartar from the teeth and smoothing the roots to help prevent bacteria from collecting there. The second type is prophylaxis which is performed after periodontal therapy has been completed. This is the only form of professional cleaning that doesn’t require the patient to have periodontal disease. It is often referred to as “prophy” for short. It involves polishing the teeth to remove stains and clean the surfaces of your teeth. For patients with healthy gums, prophylaxis is recommended every six months. Scaling and root planing and periodontal therapy dentist appointments are made on a case-by-case basis. Your mouth is unique to you, so only your dentist can tell you which procedure is right for you.