Teeth Cleaning

The Process of Teeth Cleaning

It is normal to feel insecure about going through an unfamiliar process, especially when it comes to dental care. If you know what to expect, then your visit to the dentist office becomes less stressful. For routine teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:  

Examination

Our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified and further tests will be recommended if any issues are found. Our dentist may also ask for your dental history and whether you have undergone a recent dental treatment. Once the examination has been completed, the dentist will move on to start the process of teeth cleaning.  

Removal of Tartar and Plaque

Any teeth cleaning process starts with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process may take longer if you haven’t had your teeth cleaned professionally in a while. Plaque is usually reduced with regular brushing and flossing, but it is not eliminated completely.

Polishing

After the tartar and plaque have been removed, our dentist will polish your teeth for a pearly finish.

Flossing

Next, our dentist will start flossing your teeth. This step may feel unnecessary to you if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually important in the cleaning process. Flossing will help to remove any leftover debris and plaque that was missed in the first two steps of teeth cleaning.  

Rinsing and Fluoride Application

Lastly, our dentist will rinse your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride treatment.

Types of Cleaning

You should know about the different types of teeth cleaning. Typically, when you visit the dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, you may need a different cleaning procedure depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health. The following are the different types of teeth cleaning:

1. Deep Cleaning

This type of cleaning is also called root and scaling planning. The teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include a buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, x-rays showing loss of teeth support and identification of deep gum pockets.

2. Periodontal Maintenance

This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by the dentist after you have undergone another periodontal treatment, like deep cleaning. The process may be continued at different intervals as per the directions of our dentist after determining your oral health status.

3. Full Mouth Debridement

When there is drastic tartar and plaque buildup, making it difficult to even finish up an oral examination, our dentist may recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth.

4. Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning is also known as prophylaxis, and it is a preventive process in which our dentist eliminates stains, tartar and plaque from your teeth. The teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by the dentist to be done at regular intervals, twice or once annually, depending on your oral health.

Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dental office to have your teeth cleaned. Some advantages are as follows:  

Cavities Prevention

Plaque, a white film that covers your tooth, is one of the major causes of tooth decay. This is an acidic substance that starts eating away the enamel. If it is not removed regularly, the buildup results in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps in eliminating plaque to prevent cavities.  

Tooth Loss Prevention

When plaque buildup is left unattended, it also results in gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support in the jaw.

Brighter Smile

The stains on your teeth are typically caused by of tobacco usage, wine, tea and coffee. However, these stains can be removed with the help of a teeth cleaning.

Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleaning means improved oral health. Good oral health means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.  

Improved Health

Numerous studies have determined that there is a link between overall health and oral health. Regular teeth cleaning from our qualified dentist can result in reducing your risk of various issues.  

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning

The frequency of the teeth cleaning varies for each patient and can only be determined after our dentist conducts a thorough examination of your oral health.

If it's time for your next professional teeth cleaning, arrange a visit to our dentist at Neibauer Dental Care in Bowie, Maryland. Our team can assist you with obtaining optimal oral health! Schedule your appointment today by calling 301-262-8024.