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Teeth Cleaning

Aug 23

It's no secret that keeping your teeth clean is essential for your oral health. But did you know that regular teeth cleanings can boost your overall health? Here's how:


  • Cleaning your teeth can help prevent gum disease. An infection of the gums known as gum disease can harm the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. Early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) can frequently be reversed with basic dental hygiene and regular professional cleaning.


  • Teeth cleanings can help prevent bad breath. Regular professional cleaning can remove plaque and calculus buildup that causes a foul odor and help freshen your breath.


  • Teeth cleanings can help you avoid costly dental problems down the road. By removing plaque and calculus, teeth cleanings can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. Regular professional cleaning can save you money by avoiding more costly dental procedures in the future.


  • Teeth cleanings are quick and easy. Professional teeth cleanings only take a few minutes and can be done during your regular dentist appointment.


How Long Will Teeth Cleaning Take?

Teeth cleaning can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the amount of tartar accumulation. The first step is thoroughly examining your mouth, which will help the dentist determine the best course of action. The dentist will then remove tartar from both above and below the gum line using a scaler. Finally, I will polish the teeth to remove any remaining plaque.


What happens during teeth cleaning?

A pediatric teeth cleaning is a procedure in which a dental professional cleans a child's teeth. This can help to remove plaque, calculus buildup, and staining. This can also help to prevent cavities and other dental problems. We often perform their exam and cleaning in a "knee-to-knee" position for infants and toddlers. This allows the entire procedure to be completed in the parent and provider's laps without the dental chair. Once a child grows more comfortable with the dental office, they will commonly climb into the dental chair without issue.


Tooth cleanings are dreaded by many people. It's simple to see their concern given the poking, unusual noises, and sporadically uncomfortable jaw. But for the majority, brushing their teeth is easy and painless.

Knowing precisely what is going on during the process can help ease your stress and allow you to enjoy the minty-fresh results better.


A physical exam must - be a dental hygienist. They begin with a before the cleaning process starts physical exam of your entire mouth.


Removing plaque and tartar - With a small mirror to guide them, the dental hygienist uses a scalar to remove tartar and plaque from in between your teeth and along the gum line. There will be some scraping, but that's typical. The more tartar in your teeth, the longer it will take for them to rub a particular spot.


Gritty toothpaste cleaning - After your teeth are entirely the hygienist uses a powerful electric brush that makes a grinding noise to brush them until they are tartar-free. Although it may seem frightening, it's a terrific technique to deep clean and get rid of any tartar that the scalar left behind.


Expert flossing - Nothing beats an expert flossing session, whether you are regularly at home or not. Your dental hygienist can access the spaces in between your teeth and find any potential problem areas where your gums can bleed.


Rinsing -You then rinse your mouth to remove any leftover debris. You will typically receive a fluoride-containing rinse from your dental hygienist.


Applying fluoride treatment - The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used to protect your teeth to help fight against cavities for several months.


X-rays are typically taken once each year, although professional dental cleanings are arranged twice a year. However, your dentist or dental hygienist may perform further exams during your visit depending on what they see in your mouth. Example, for children, a dentist may recommend molar sealants to help prevent cavities in hard-to-brush areas.


Whether you need any additional steps, the key is to go to the dentist for regular teeth cleanings to prevent problems altogether. Knowing what will happen beforehand will put you at rest and perhaps even make you look forward to these meetings here in Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry. You can contact us for more information!Resources: