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Teeth Cleaning

The Process of Teeth Cleaning

It is normal to feel apprehensive about going through an unfamiliar process, especially when it comes to a dental care. However, if you know what to expect during your first visit, it becomes less stressful. For a 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 is complete, the dentist will move on to 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, which may take longer than normal 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 in its entirety through at-home routines.

Polishing

After the tartar and plaque have been removed, our dentist will start polishing your teeth for a beautifully clean finish.

Flossing

Our dentist will also floss your teeth. Flossing will help to remove any leftover debris and plaque that was missed in the first two steps of the teeth cleaning.  

Rinsing and Fluoride Application

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

Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

There are many reasons you should visit our dentist's office to get your teeth cleaned. Some advantages are:  

Cavity Prevention

Plaque, a white film that covers teeth, is one of the major causes of tooth decay. The acidic substance starts eating away the enamel, and 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

Stains on teeth are typically caused by things like tobacco usage or drinking wine, tea and coffee. These stains can be removed or reduced through the teeth cleaning process.

Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleaning results in 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 reduce your risk of various oral health-related issues.

Types of Cleaning

We offer a variety of professional teeth cleanings at our dental office. Typically, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate any tartar and plaque buildup. However, you may also need an additional or alternative cleaning procedure, depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health. The following are the different types of teeth cleaning treatments we offer:

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. It is typically recommended at regular intervals, twice or once annually depending on your oral health.

Full Mouth Debridement

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

Deep Cleaning

This type of cleaning is also called scaling and root planning. It's 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, bleeding gums, x-rays showing loss of teeth support or the identification of deep gum pockets.

Periodontal Maintenance

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

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning

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

Professional teeth cleanings are essential for maintaining the good health of your teeth and gums. Book your appointment at My Dentist in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and experience our quality services! Call 479-434-5888 to schedule your appointment today!