What’s involved in a dental cleaning?
We’ve all been to the dentist for a cleaning and check up before, and we leave with a fresher mouth that feels squeaky clean!
But what’s involved in that cleaning?
Dental cleanings are often referred to as a scale and polish. What this means is that the dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque, a soft, sticky, bacteria infested film and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on teeth over time.
Our teeth are surrounded by saliva that contains calcium and other substances that actually help to strengthen and protect our teeth. While this is beneficial, it also tends to cause calcium deposit build-up on our teeth in the form of a chalky substance. If we leave this tartar on the teeth, we allow bacteria to grow and thrive next to our gums.
With that in mind, we have cleanings done by the dentist so that the surfaces of the teeth are clean and smooth, stopping bacteria from being able to stick to them. A fresh cleaning allows us to keep our teeth clean and bacteria free from home until our next cleaning.
Dental cleanings are usually done by the dental hygienist at your dentist’s office. Cindy is an expert in prophylaxis cleanings, and are more than happy to complete regular dental cleanings ensuring your teeth are in great condition now and in the future.
Cleanings are usually painless, and consist of the dental hygienist or dentist using specialized instruments to remove the deposits without doing any harm or damage to your teeth. They use a wide variety of instruments to ensure a deep clean including the ultrasonic instrument, fine hand tools, polishing and fluoride which all contribute to that great, clean feeling.
There’s nothing quite like running your tongue over your teeth and feeling that crisp, clean feeling.