Studies have shown that show patients who are consistent with dental teeth cleaning and dental checkup are more likely to have good oral health than the ones who ignore such dental visits. In addition to teeth cleaning, such dental visits can help identify dental issues even before they start to show symptoms, helping you avoid costly and potentially serious dental problems in the future.
Poor oral hygiene can also have severe implications for your cardiovascular well-being and general health and can affect your ability to eat well and digest your food, leading to severe nutritional and systemic problems.
Oral cleaning involves removing the plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth surfaces. It significantly reduces the chances of preventing cavities and gum diseases. Dentists recommend getting oral cleaning done at least once in six months.
Importance of teeth cleaning
Even if you brush and floss regularly, there are chances that many microbes could get deposited on the teeth, especially on the occlusal grooves and at the intersection of two teeth. They will go on to form tartar deposits, which would be filled with microbes releasing toxins when they feed on the food residues in the mouth. These toxins erode the enamel to form cavities or even cause gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis. Hence, it is important to get rid of them at regular intervals.
What does teeth cleaning involve?
Teeth cleaning involves two main procedures - scaling and root planing.
Scaling:Here, your dentist uses an ultrasonic scaling device to remove the tartar deposits from the teeth surfaces. The metal tip of the device vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies, producing strong vibrations that dislodge the tartar.
Root planing: During this procedure, your dentist removes the tartar deposits from the tooth roots by inserting a scaling tip between the tooth root and gum tissues and scrape off the microbial deposits.
What Happens During A Dental Cleaning?
Dental cleaning typically involves the following:
- During the dental visit for cleaning, your dentist will review any relevant medical information that may impact the patient’s oral health.
- Your dentist will take digital X-ray series of your mouth to identify any potential cavities, degrading fillings, and any other problems that may not be immediately visible.
- If the patient mentions any concerns with chewing, biting, or teeth grinding, our dentists can offer potential solutions to treat them.
- During teeth cleaning visits, your dental hygiene specialist will clean the surface of each tooth thoroughly, removing plaque and tartar build-up on the surface of teeth.
- After completing teeth cleaning, your dentist will polish them, which may also help remove surface stains on the teeth.