The health of your teeth is essential to the well-being of your entire body. While routine flossing and brushing is necessary to keep your smile looking its very best, visiting a dental office for a complete exam and dental cleaning is very important. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit a dental office every six months for a dental cleaning to ensure your teeth stay healthy and maintain a beautiful smile.
You will gain the following benefits by visiting your dentist on a regular basis for a dental cleaning:
- Prevent gum disease and tooth decay
- Avoid costly and major dental work
- Reduce stains from food and drinks
- Keep your teeth healthy and white
We will start your dental exam by taking a full mouth X-ray and we will thoroughly check your teeth, gums and your entire mouth for the following potential oral issues:
- Bone loss
- Inflamed gums
- Movement of teeth
- Oral abnormalities
- Tooth decay
- Tumors and cysts
- Gum disease
- Tartar Removal – Even with regular flossing and brushing, plaque and tartar may accumulate on your teeth in hard to reach areas. Due to the strength of tartar, it can only be removed with ultrasonic treatments.
- Teeth Polishing – Your teeth will shine and return to their original smoothness.
- Fluoride Treatments – Fluoride treatments are used to reinforce the enamel of your teeth and may be applied using a gel, foam, or a liquid form.
- Periodontal Health Evaluation – At each cleaning, we will check for signs of gingivitis or gum disease by measuring the depth of your gum pockets, checking for bleeding sites and assessing bone loss through digital x-rays and/or observation. Sometimes we may prescribe an antibiotic for persistent gum infections or bacteria.
- Oral Hygiene Education – Best practices of teeth brushing and flossing will be evaluated and demonstrated.
Lastly, based on the severity of your gum problems, we will schedule a follow up dental cleaning appointment for you (within 3-6 months). Remember, keeping your dental health requires brushing, flossing, and mouth washes.
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Deep Dental Cleaning
According to American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), almost half of adult Americans experience gum disease also known as periodontal disease. If you suffer from this disease a“Regular” dental cleaning may not be enough. Therefore we will recommend deep dental cleaning with periodontal therapy known as scaling and root planing.
DEEP DENTAL CLEANING: Scaling
Initially during your deep dental cleaning, we will perform scaling to remove calculus and plaque that are attached to the surface of the teeth. This procedure will especially target the area below the gum line and along the root.
DEEP DENTAL CLEANING: Root Planing
Next during your deep dental cleaning, we will perform root planing to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. Next we will smooth the root of the teeth which will enable healing and prevent bacteria from colonizing in the future.
DEEP DENTAL CLEANING: Polishing
Lastly we will finish the surface of your teeth to make them smooth, shiny and clean by “air” and “rubber tip” polishing.
Scaling and root planing will make your mouth more aesthetically pleasing and will reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in your mouth. Visit us so we can stop the building of bacteria, plaque, tartar and bone loss.