Even if you brush and floss your teeth consistently, it is important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months. If you aren't quite so meticulous about your oral hygiene, it becomes even more important. After a thorough cleaning, your teeth will feel smooth, clean and appear brighter as a result of stain removal.
What is the cleaning procedure like?
Dental cleanings are performed by our dental hygienist, a licensed oral healthcare provider who focuses on prevention. Before the cleaning, our hygienist will examine your teeth, gums and soft tissues for any areas that require attention. The cleaning procedure itself will involve the use of an ultrasonic scaler and/or hand instruments called curettes. An ultrasonic scaler vibrates at high frequencies to breakup and disrupt tartar and plaque. At the same time, a fine mist of water sprays to cool the tip of the scaler and flush out debris from the teeth and gums. Curettes are specialized instruments with rounded ends that closely adapt to the various tooth surfaces. Once your teeth are clean, they will be polished with a rubber cup containing a grit-like paste to remove any residual bacteria and staining. After 45 minutes to an hour, you will leave feeling refreshed with smooth, clean, and healthy teeth.
Why do I need regular teeth cleanings?
Over time, our teeth are susceptible to accumulation of plaque (a sticky bacterial film) and hard deposits (tartar or calculus) that are difficult to remove without special instruments. When these deposits are allowed to remain on the tooth surfaces and below the gum line, they provide ideal conditions for harmful bacteria to grow. Some of these bacteria are responsible for gum disease. Others are able to metabolize sugars and produce acids which can lead to cavity formation. If left untreated, infections can develop and may even affect organ systems such as cardiovascular health.