Routine brushing and flossing are recommended for healthy teeth and gums but they often fail to remove hardened deposits of plaque (tartar). This is where professional dental cleaning comes in. A professional dental cleaning entails the elimination of plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of teeth. It helps in preventing cavities, caries, bad breath, and gum diseases. Dentists recommend that you have your teeth professionally cleaned twice every year.
How a professional dental cleaning is performed?
A professional dental cleaning consists of six simple steps and is performed by a dental hygienist. Below is a step-by-step guide to professional dental cleaning:
1. A physical exam
Professional dental cleaning begins with a physical exam. A comprehensive examination of the oral cavity is performed to identify signs of gum diseases and other oral issues. If you are in good oral health, the dental hygienist will proceed to the next step.
2. Removing plaque and tartar
A scaling instrument is used to scrape off plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of teeth, interdental areas, and around the gumline. Timely removal of plaque also prevents the onset of gum diseases.
3. Gritty toothpaste cleaning
After plaque and tartar have been successfully removed, gritty toothpaste is used to scrape away any traces of remaining debris with a high-powered electronic toothbrush.
4. Expert flossing
Flossing at home is good but you should get your teeth flossed by a dental hygienist at least twice every year. The hygienist specializes in flossing the vulnerable areas that are often covered with plaque deposits.
Next, you will rinse your mouth to get rid of the debris and traces of the gritty toothpaste used in the previous step.
6. Fluoride treatment
Professional dental cleaning ends with a fluoride treatment. A layer of fluoride is painted onto the surfaces of teeth to strengthen the enamel. Fluoride remineralizes the tooth enamel and protects it from decay and caries.
At Glenn Dental we employ the practices of modern dentistry to systematically repair damage and enhance the appearance of your smile. Dr. Glenn Ong-Veloso and Dr. Joy Helou will design a custom plan for you to meet your individual requirements. We welcome you to contact us at 760-284-3060 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Glenn Ong-Veloso and Dr. Joy Helou to achieve a picture-perfect smile in Apple Valley and California City, California.