When you have teeth cleaning, the objective is to eliminate any and all plaque and tartar that has built up over time. Many people require dental cleaning and not just those with serious dental issues.
Having a buildup not only involves the plaque and tartar currently present but any other residue that is not removed while brushing and flossing. At Cambridgeside Dental Associates, our dental professionals will provide a long-lasting cleaning that will leave your mouth clean and fresh.
The Procedure Involved
Also known as prophylaxis, a dental cleaning is routinely accomplished in a dental office by a dental hygienist, and takes no more than an hour. By using specialized tools, the hygienist is able to eliminate all of the teeth stains, plaque, tartar, and calculus.
Having a dental cleaning is always warranted no matter what stage the teeth are in. You can also expect the dentist to conduct a short exam followed by dental x-rays.
Timeframe For Teeth Cleaning
The timeframe for your teeth cleaning will be determined by the condition of your mouth and the amount of oral hygiene you practice. If your oral hygiene is not as good as it should be, then you may need teeth cleaning on a regular basis.
With a basic dental cleaning, the procedure is normally conducted every 6 months. However, if you are a smoker, diabetic, pregnant, experiencing stress, or currently have gum disease, then you would benefit from a cleaning that is done more often.
Is It Necessary For A Professional Dental Cleaning
Having a professional dental cleaning is necessary and always recommended for your oral health. Also, a professional cleaning will always be the better choice if you are contemplating doing your own cleaning at home. Shortly after eating, the amount of saliva your mouth produces decreases. This allows your mouth's pH level to permit bacteria to grow.
When the bacteria are present, they begin to feast on the sugars and starches that food residue leaves behind. As they are feasting, plaque is excreted onto your teeth´ surface. When the plaque is excreted between the teeth, the bacteria have a good spot to avoid being brushed away. Besides the plaque, the bacteria also release lactic acid, which is what causes cavities to form.
In order to get the plaque and calculus removed, a teeth cleaning is needed regularly.
Not only that but having a regular cleaning can help in eliminating the need for other possible procedures in the future. If you are offered teeth whitening, it will be because of tooth damage. But when you have a cleaning, all stains will be removed during the procedure.
Scaling and Root Planing
Gum disease can be treated with a thorough cleaning by a scaling and root planing procedure.
Plaque is the sticky layer of bacteria that causes gum disease. If you fail to remove it properly, the bacteria in plaque can irritate and even cause the loss of gum tissue around the teeth. As a result, spaces will develop between your teeth and gums, called pockets. Consequently, plaque builds up in these spaces and cannot be brushed away. If neglected, gum disease could lead to tooth and bone loss.
Knowing how to prevent oral issues will always be the better choice. With that, you should always make a dental appointment for a cleaning. When you contact Cambridgeside Dental Associates, we will ensure that the dental hygienist takes everything into account regarding your cleaning as well as review your dental insurance coverage to ensure that you are fully covered. So go ahead and give us a call today at 857-588-1210 to schedule an appointment.