When you come for a dental cleaning at Loretto Family Dentistry we perform a professional procedure beyond the routine dental brushing and flossing that you do at home. Professional dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth. Doing professional cleaning for the recommended two times a year helps remove clogged plague in places where your home toothbrush does not reach.
Why Professional Dental Cleaning Is Important
However attentive you might be with your home dental hygiene practices, some food particles clog between your teeth. With time, plaque interacts with the acid in your mouth and turns into tartar, also known as calculus. Only our experts can rid your teeth of calculus, which explains why you need professional cleaning.
Teeth cleaning is also meant to eliminate bacteria from your mouth to prevent dental cavities, gingivitis or severe gum disease known as periodontitis. Advanced gum disease can cause adverse consequences such as tooth loss and extreme gum damage, leaving your tooth root exposed. The root cause of all these problems is bacteria, and our specialists are keen to ensure your mouth is free of bacteria by the time your dental cleaning is complete. For certain patients, we could recommend periodontal care.
If you have dentures or unnatural teeth, our professional dental cleaning targets them to ensure no plaque or tartar has accumulated around them at the risk of destroying them.
The Process of Dental Cleaning
Any dental cleaning procedure at our clinic commences with a dental examination. Our specialist examines your teeth to establish the extent of plaque and tartar buildup and to decide the kind of cleaning you need.
Prophylaxis is the typical cleaning that will be done when you make your routine dental visit, and if you have no dental issues. It involves the identification of the extent of tartar buildup using the dental mirror and the scraping off the tartar using a scaler to leave your teeth free of plaque and less exposed to bacteria. Planing and scaling is professional cleaning usually done by our periodontist when the patient has serious gum issues.
Scaling entails deep cleaning to remove tartar while planing smooths the tooth root beneath your gum to allow the gingiva reattach to the tooth. We do gross debridement for patients who have never done professional teeth cleaning or who have foregone it for a long period. Tooth debridement is usually done as a preparatory procedure to rid your teeth of heavy tartar buildup before proceeding for a precise dental examination.
When your teeth are tartar-free, our dentists will use an electric brush and a toothpaste which gently scrubs your teeth to polish them. We then do professional flossing and ask you to rinse out your mouth to eliminate any debris left out by the flossing.
We conclude dental cleaning with a fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel and help your teeth fight bacteria for the months before your next visit. Whichever type of dental cleaning you might need, please feel free to visit us. You can also call us at Loretto Family Dentistry at (940) 287-3535 to schedule your next dental cleaning.