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Dental Cleanings

You know, of course, that each of us needs a professional dental cleaning at least every six months. But many don't know that there are further methods of effectively cleaning the teeth that can be greatly beneficial to patients. Tooth polishing, for example, is a simple, straightforward procedure that can greatly improve the surface look of the teeth. In fact, there are even some cleanings that are necessary for certain patients. Those with gum recession or gums pulling away may need deep cleanings, and those with gum disease sometimes require deep scaling and root planing to be performed. Here is a quick primer on the different methods of deep dental cleanings:

Ultrasonic: A basic, traditional dental cleaning involves your dentist stripping away the plaque and tartar from your teeth. There are residue buildups of food, bacteria, saliva, etc. that remain on the teeth and often lead to inflammation or infection. They can also lead to gum disease (such as gingivitis). Your dentist will likely use ultrasonic tools to give a professional cleaning. This will be a vibrating device that probes the teeth and shakes loose pieces of dental debris and tartar. Luckily, the device is not sharp or painful to the patient, so you don't need to worry about pain or discomfort.

Scaling : Here, your dentist will used a curved device to scrape your teeth clean of any plaque or tartar that might remain. The device will scrape the gumline, so there may be light discomfort or even bleeding if your gums are sensitive.

Tooth polishing : Very simply put: here, the dentist will polish your teeth. He or she will use a small rubber tip that spins rapidly, topped with a polishing toothpaste, to give your teeth a smooth, spotless look.

Fluoride treatment:  After polishing, your dentist will apply fluoride to your teeth. This is a strengthening substance that we get from most toothpastes, but a dental application can go a long way in strengthening. The fluoride will be a flavored gel or foam put into trays and held over the teeth for 30 seconds.

Deep scaling : The initial stage of a deep cleaning, deep scaling probes below the gum line to dredge up plaque, bacteria, and debris. The scaling tool will likely reach and scrape well below the gum line. This is a minimally invasive procedure, but your dentist may numb your mouth for comfort's sake.

Root planing:  Next, your dentist will want to smooth the surface of the tooth roots. This typically allows your gums to better adhere to their now clean roots. Also, it helps to retain teeth from falling out and make teeth less sensitive - as well as make it harder for plaque to adhere to your roots.

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