A teeth cleaning is one of the most common tasks performed in any dental office. Usually performed by a dental hygienist or dentist, a professional teeth cleaning is an important part of your regular dental hygiene maintenance. Daily brushing and flossing is your first step towards clean teeth, but a twice-yearly in-office cleaning is also essential if you want to maintain optimal oral health.
Removing plaque from your teeth daily by brushing and flossing at home helps to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and your breath fresh, but there are some areas that you just can’t reach on your own. A teeth cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist ensures that everything is in tip-top shape.
Despite how common and how necessary regular teeth cleanings are, some patients still find them frightening experiences. It doesn’t have to be that way—we believe that if you understand your dental care and what your dentist or hygienist is doing, you may not find the experience frightening at all!
So, what’s going on with all those dental instruments you see during your teeth cleaning?
They all have fancy (or not so fancy) names, but they all do pretty much the same thing: they help your hygienist (or dentist) reach into the nooks and crannies of your teeth to remove soft plaque and hard scale or “calculus,” which are built up by the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. It’s a perfectly normal process, but without regular removal of these deposits—-with professional cleanings—they can cause bleeding gums, gum disease, and bone loss around your teeth.
We think that’s a lot scarier than a quick visit to the dentist, and our ultrasonic cleaning process does a lot of the work for us, providing a gentle and comfortable way to clear away a lot of the scale and plaque.
We’ll also use some of the dental instruments to remove hidden pockets of plaque and bacteria. For hardened areas, there might be a bit of picking and scraping involved, but remember: no one is scraping your teeth, we’re scraping the bad stuff off your teeth so you get to keep your healthy gums and your glowing smile!
Why does it take so many different tools? Well, it’s all about making your teeth cleaning quick yet thorough, and that means different tools to get into different places at the back of your mouth, between your teeth, and on other dental surfaces that are tough to get to. Having a few tools to choose from helps us do a better job, faster, keeping you healthier with less time spent saying “aaah.”
Many patients put off teeth cleanings until they’re already experiencing pain or other problems. Often, these problems can be avoided with a regular preventative cleaning. If it’s been more than six months since you’ve seen a dentist, call Bow View Dental Care for an exam and teeth cleaning today—your teeth and gums will thank you for it!