For most people, professional teeth cleanings are recommended once in six months to help remove any plaque and tartar that have formed and keep away oral health problems. However, more frequent cleanings are strongly recommended for individuals who are genetically predisposed to increased plaque buildup or have gum disease. At East Burn Dentistry and Implants, our dentist, Dr. Daniel Lee, could help you decide how frequently you need to undergo dental cleanings.
What Is the Importance of Regular Cleanings?
Regular dental cleanings mean better oral health for everyone, irrespective of age. For younger patients, these cleanings will provide an opportunity for the dentist to ensure the healthy development of the teeth and encourage proper brushing and flossing habits.
While regular brushing and flossing at home are crucial to good dental health and helpful in removing plaque, this does not lessen the importance of regular professional cleanings. They help remove plaque or tartar from the teeth. If this hardened plaque is not removed, it could lead to gum disease, decay, and infections.
What Can You Expect During Teeth Cleanings?
Before starting the teeth cleanings, we will conduct a thorough examination of your oral cavity. This will allow us to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of tooth decay or inflammation of the gums. If any major problem is detected, we will try to treat it before proceeding with the cleaning.
- Removal of Plaque and Tartar
The plaque and tartar accumulation around the gum line and in between your teeth is removed with the help of an ultrasonic scaler which uses gentle vibration and water for removing large deposits. A proper routine of brushing and flossing will help reduce the formation of plaque and tartar. Hence the frequency of teeth cleaning involving the removal of tartar can be reduced.
After all the tartar has been removed, our dentist will brush your teeth with a high-powered electric toothbrush, making your teeth feel completely smooth and clean. This process can also help to remove unappealing teeth stains. Professional toothpaste that has a gritty consistency is used to polish the tooth’s enamel.
After brushing, your teeth will be expertly flossed, paying close attention to any problematic areas where your gums are prone to bleeding easily, as well as removing any residual plaque debris or toothpaste from the earlier cleaning process.
Fluoride treatment is the last stage in the teeth-cleaning process. A fluoride gel is placed inside a mouthpiece that the patient must wear for approximately a minute and then rinse off with water.
If you are interested in the teeth cleaning process, please contact us at East Burn Dentistry and Implants or call dentist in Portland OR at 503 233-4871 to schedule your appointment.