Teeth Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know 

Teeth Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know 

May 1, 2020

Regular brushing and flossing are recommended for the maintenance of your dental health. However, more often than not, plaques still form and left unremoved, they develop into tartar. 

Calculus creates an environment for bacteria to multiply and attack the teeth. Professional teeth cleaning may appear unnecessary, but it can prevent the development of the periodontal disease.

Many people are apprehensive about dental cleaning, but the procedure is painless and fast. 

What is a Dental Cleaning? And Why is it Done?

Dental cleaning is done to remove any yellow stains and the accumulation of tartar. Yes, brushing your teeth is great, but it does not suffice when it comes to the prevention of plaque accumulation.

How is Dental Cleaning Done?

A dental hygienist cleans your teeth, although a dentist can still do it. The process is done in stages:

  • Dental assessment and exam. Before a dental cleaning can be done, the dentist will first assess your oral health to determine which teeth procedure is ideal for you. If you have any existing dental problems, treatment is initiated before or after the dental cleaning.
  • The dental hygienist will remove any plaque buildup along the gum line. However, if you have any tartar, you will need a dentist instead. 
  • Using a professional toothpaste and an electric-powered toothbrush, the hygienist will gently scrub the teeth.
  • Deep flossing is done to remove any particles left and detect bleeding gums 
  • Mouth rinsing and fluoride treatment are the final stages. Fluoride treatment is a protective layer on your teeth to help to fight cavities.

What Are the Types of Dental Cleaning?

The dental hygienist can perform any of the following dental cleaning types, depending on your health.

  • Prophylaxis dental cleaning is a routine procedure done as a preventive measure on people who have excellent oral health. The process can remove the accumulated plaques on the gums, but does not address any bacterial infections lying underneath the gums.
  • A gingivitis therapy is done on people with gingivitis or early stages of periodontal disease. It is a fine-tuning procedure for the removal of the tartar under the gums.
  • Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) is for people with periodontal disease. Scaling is the removal of the tartar, while root planing is done to reduce the gum pockets caused by periodontal disease.

Does the Dental Cleaning Erode the Enamel?

A common misconception is that professional cleaning can erode the enamel, but that’s not the case. Dental cleaning only removes calculus on the gum line and teeth but doesn’t affect the enamel. You will feel slight teeth sensitivity after the procedure, but that’s not an indication of enamel erosion. 

Does Dental Cleaning Hurt?

Dental cleaning shouldn’t hurt. However, at times, you may experience slight discomfort if there’s gum inflammation, tooth decay, or dental problem. The dental hygienist may use topical anesthesia to numb the mouth, but it is essential to communicate with them about any dental problem you may have.

Can Sedation Be Used During Cleaning?

Yes. If you have dental phobia, anxiety, or gag reflex, the dentist may opt to sedate you before the procedure. Mostly we use the laughing gas or nitrous oxide to keep you clam. Laughing gas takes effect immediately and wears off as fast. Other types of sedation available include oral, intravenous, and general anesthesia or deep sedation. 

What Are the Pros and Side Effects of Dental Cleaning?

Regular dental cleaning helps to prevent gum disease or teeth extraction, removes yellow stains, and protects against cardiovascular disease. Also, oral cancer screening is done during your routine dental exams and cleaning. 

On the downside, routine dental cleaning can cause tooth sensitivity and sore gums. Rarely, there may be bleeding, especially if you have not had a professional cleaning in a while.

Schedule an Appointment

Dental cleaning is critical for your oral health. Regular brushing and flossing will go a long way in preventing decay, but professional cleaning is needed to avoid the accumulation of tartar. Visit Plaza Family Dental clinic for your routine exam and cleaning.