WHAT IS A DENTAL CLEANING?

Dental cleaning, also called dental prophylaxis, is a procedure to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) that builds up on teeth over time.

Proper dental hygiene is essential to enjoy good dental health throughout our lives. However, it is not enough to follow correct hygiene habits with simply specific frequency and regularity.

When you brush your teeth, you do not reach all parts of the mouth equally, and plaque or biofilm accumulates between the gum and the tooth, especially in the posterior areas of the oral cavity. If we also have an added problem, such as malposition of the teeth, it will be even more challenging to carry out thorough cleaning. This can also occur from none or inadequate flossing.

If it is not removed periodically, it hardens and becomes calculus, even more challenging to remove with simple brushing. The accumulation of calculus causes other oral problems, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, or halitosis.

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WHAT IS PROPHYLAXIS?

Dental prophylaxis consists of professional oral cleaning, cleaning with techniques and tools that allow us to eliminate calculus and bacterial plaque in all areas of the mouth, aimed at preventing diseases in the gums. It usually does not take more than 35-45 minutes depending on the patient’s oral health condition.

In addition, prophylaxis also helps us to eliminate tooth stains, reduce inflammation of the gums and remineralize tooth enamel by applying high concentration fluoride gel.

As a general rule, prophylaxis includes the following steps:

  1. We do a comprehensive exam of the patient’s oral health and diagnose the individual situation of the gums of each tooth.
  2. We remove tartar adhered below the gum line, teeth, and interdental spaces.
  3. We polish the surface of the teeth to remove stains and dental plaque.

Dental check up and clean is a simple, inexpensive, and very effective treatment in the prevention of oral diseases. It usually does not take more than 35-45 minutes depends on the patient’s oral health condition.  If necessary, we apply techniques and products to minimize tooth sensitivity.

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I BRUSH MY TEETH DAILY; WHY DO I HAVE TO DO CHECK UP AND CLEAN?

Although its name may mislead us, in reality, the primary function of dental cleaning is to prevent diseases: that is why it is sometimes also called dental prophylaxis. In addition to removing stains and plaque from our mouth, oral cleanings remove tartar that accumulates on the neck of the teeth or gumline.

Tartar is colonies of bacteria that minerals have covered, so it has hardened and strongly adhered to the tooth. Tartar buildup can form very quickly, and once it has, it does not disappear with daily brushing: it can only be removed by cleaning the mouth.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS IF I DON’T GET MY MOUTH CLEANED?

In addition to being unsightly and causing cavities, tartar is very bad for your oral health. Our immune system considers these bacteria to be the foreign body and, as with any pathogen, tries to fight the invasion with inflammation and bleeding. This results in chronic gum inflammation (gingivitis) or periodontal disease.

In addition to gum disease, tartar is associated with an increased risk of tooth loss and other diseases that at first glance seem little related to dental hygiene, such as dementia, cardiovascular diseases, or complications of diabetes.

HOW IS AN ORAL CLEANING DONE?

Dental cleaning is always done with an ultrasound device with a fine tip that vibrates when it touches a hard object, in this case, the tooth or tartar. This vibration achieves the detachment of the tartar plates and eliminates extrinsic stains, those produced by tobacco, coffee, etc.

Also, a pressurized air instrument uses bicarbonate to remove stains and drags the colors from the teeth.

Subsequently, a brush or polishing cup is used with a paste to polish the tooth’s surface.

DOES IT WEAR MY TEETH? DO THEY HURT AFTER?

Contrary to the myth, and if done correctly, a dental cleaning does not damage the enamel. You can do as many cleanings as necessary (always under the dentist’s prescription) without wearing them: the ultrasonic tips used today are specially designed not to scratch or damage the tooth’s surface.

Dental check up and clean can indeed be annoying at times, especially if you have sensitive teeth and gums. Sometimes the roots are more sensitive for a few days, but that does not mean there are any problems, this is completely normal.

An unskilled or hurried dentist or hygienist can also increase pain sensation, so you should always go to the best dental clinics to perform your oral cleanings.

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WHEN DO I NEED A DENTAL CLEANING?

Generally, and as a basis, an annual review must be done, in which the need for check up and clean is usually prevalent.

Some patients do not need it as frequently, but it is essential to do it when there is an evident accumulation of calculus, generally seen on the back of the lower teeth.

Also, when we notice excessive bleeding when brushing or spontaneous bleeding. Therefore, some patients need two cleanings a year (6 monthly), and others can spend up to a year without.

WILL DENTAL CLEANING LEAVE MY TEETH WHITER?

The answer is clear, no. Cleaning will leave the teeth clean; that is, it will remove stains and tartar, but the intrinsic color of the dentin generates the tooth’s color; therefore, with cleaning, it is invariable.

If you are concerned about your gums or teeth health, feel free to call us today to book an appointment to see how our dentists in Amitis Dental Studio can improve your SMILE.