Professional dental cleanings are a vital part of having healthy teeth and gums. Regular brushing and flossing may not remove plaque and tartar build-up.
Getting just two cleanings per year allows the hygienist to remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing may have missed. Plaque can turn into tartar, and tartar build-up can lead to gum disease.
What Happens During A Dental Cleaning?
Your hygienist will ask if you have experienced any discomfort or pain in your teeth or gums during your last visit. If you point out an issue or concern a quick digital x-ray may be taken.
Your hygienist will then do a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, mouth, and tongue. This helps them get an overall picture of your oral health and do an oral cancer check.
Your cleaning will then begin with an ultra sonic scaler. This tool uses water and ultrasound waves to gently remove tartar from your teeth. Suction will be used in your mouth during this treatment to whisk away excess water and saliva.
Metal hand scaling tools will be used minimally to ensure each tooth is pristine clean before hand polishing.
At Bellamy Dental every cleaning is followed by polishing. Polishing removes stains and creates a smooth tooth finish that repels plaque.
You will then get a final floss with the correct technique so every tooth is smooth and pampered on all sides.
The last step will be a nourishing fluoride rinse for your teeth, and booking your next cleaning and/or check-up.
If you have been experiencing gum problems like gingivitis or receding gums it's a good idea to increase your cleanings to once every three or four months, otherwise twice a year is perfect.