Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from your dental hygienist and is usually completed in less than 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.

Scaling and root planing is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces with a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Polishing completes the cleaning, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build-up.

Importance of Dental Cleanings:

Plaque and Tartar Removal: Dental cleanings are primarily focused on eliminating plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease if left untreated. Tartar is hardened plaque that can only be removed by a dental professional.

Prevention of Gum Disease: Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health issue that can result in tooth loss if not addressed. Regular cleanings help prevent gum disease by removing bacteria and irritants from the gums, reducing the risk of infection and inflammation.

Fresh Breath: Dental cleanings can help combat bad breath (halitosis). Removing bacteria and food particles from the mouth can leave you with a fresher, more pleasant breath.

Early Detection of Dental Issues: During a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist may identify early signs of dental problems such as cavities, oral cancer, or issues with dental restorations (e.g., fillings or crowns). Detecting these problems early allows for timely treatment.

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