When it comes to dental cleanings, not all cleanings are created equal. Each cleaning is based on what you and your teeth need at a particular time. If you thought there was only one type of cleaning, keep reading. We have some information for you about the kinds of dental cleanings that are available, and why each cleaning is used.
Types of Dental Cleanings
The cleaning you are probably most familiar with is called a routine dental cleaning, or prophylaxis cleaning. This type of cleaning is usually used for people who are coming into the office for their six-month cleaning and checkup. In a routine cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove any plaque on the teeth, and clean and check the teeth. Flossing will also be done. These cleanings help to keep your mouth healthy. If you get a routine cleaning every six months, you will be able to maintain good dental health.
Some people may come into our office after they have not been to the dentist for a long time. In that case, a more thorough cleaning will be needed, because plaque will have built up and hardened on the surface of teeth. This plaque is so hard you would not be able to remove it yourself. In a gross debridement cleaning, instruments are used to remove plaque from the tooth’s surface, as well as the gums. Once a debridement is complete, dental professionals can see if additional work will need to be completed, or if the teeth are in good shape.
Sometimes, patients come into the office with gum disease already present. They might also come in with gum disease that is dangerously close to happening. For these patients, different instruments are used to scale away the plaque, and treat the underlying gum disease.
Whatever shape your mouth is in, we can clean it! Why not give us a call and let us help you get or keep your bright, beautiful smile.