Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months. Some patients will require a three (3) month recall to ensure optimal periodontal health.
On the other hand, some patients who have large amounts of tartar buildup underneath the gums will require a periodontal deep scaling and root planing. This procedure takes much longer than a conventional cleaning and is more expensive but necessary to treat your gum disease. We will educate you and inform you with teeth models and literature /handouts as well as other educational tools so that you can get a better understanding of gum disease .
How it's done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort. We do use local anesthetic and topical anesthetic for ease and comfort as well upon request.
There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference.Typically, the hygienist will also dig into the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there.
The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.You will leave feeling refreshed with a mouth that feels clean and fresh.