PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING
TOOTH CLEANING PROCEDURES
- Scaling – This is the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth using a variety of techniques. Traditionally, this phase of teeth cleaning has been done manually by a hygienist. Now there are electric scalers that can tackle the tooth cleaning job more thoroughly and in less time.
- Polishing – Tooth polishing is a teeth cleaning procedure that involves smoothing the tooth’s surface to make it harder for plaque-forming organisms to accumulate.
- Root planing – This is a specialized type of tooth cleaning that involves scaling the root of the tooth. The root is made of a special enamel called cementum. Cementum is softer than enamel and therefore more vulnerable to plaque-forming and inflammatory agents.
CLEANING YOUR OWN TEETH
- Concentrate on the nooks and crannies, the tiny spaces in between teeth and close to the gums to remove all plaque and old food.
- Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day, in the morning and at night. Cleaning your teeth at least this frequently will help keep plaque at bay.
Does a teeth cleaning hurt?
Teeth cleaning steps
- Preliminary exam. A dentists or dental hygienist will examine problem areas, identify cavities, and more.
- Plaque and tartar removal. For many patients, this is the part of a teeth cleaning that is associated with pain. However, our highly trained dental care professionals simply scrape the plaque and tartar from your teeth. While the scraping sound may be unpleasant at times, this part of a teeth cleaning doesn’t cause pain.
- Brush & floss. A teeth cleaning also includes two things that regularly happen at home: brushing and flossing. Our team uses a rotating brush to clean and polish your teeth, and also perform a comprehensive flossing. If you haven’t flossed in a while or your gums are inflamed, there may be a small amount of blood present – but pain is minimal to non-existent.
- Fluoride treatment and rinse. The final steps involve a fluoride treatment (to help prevent plaque buildup) and a rinse.
And that’s it! As you can see, a teeth cleaning doesn’t hurt; it’s designed to improve teeth and gum health, and prevent future plaque and cavity formation.
So, does a teeth cleaning hurt? The short answer is no. The oral healthcare professionals at Dr. Dental provide comprehensive teeth cleanings with no (or very little) patient discomfort.