Dental Cleaning

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A dental cleaning is part of an annual dental check-up, which should be done at least once or twice a year. Even if you feel your teeth are clean, you should consult a dentist. Dental cleanings are a very important part of your overall oral care routine, as these cleanings help remove plaque or tartar buildup that could lead to other serious oral problems.

Why Do You Need Dental Cleaning?

As each patient is different, their oral needs also differ. Some patients are more likely to have dental problems where they have to seek dental care repeatedly. 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients should go for a professional dental cleaning every six months. 

Types Of Dental Cleaning

There are four major types of dental cleaning procedures.

  • Prophylactic Cleaning: A prophylactic cleaning is a teeth cleaning procedure used for people with good oral health. It is designed to perform routine maintenance, such as removing an expected amount of tartar and plaque from the surface of teeth, gums, and between teeth.
  • Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is a slightly more invasive (although non-surgical) dental cleaning procedure that involves deep cleaning of the gums, gum line, and other supporting structures of the teeth.
  • Gross Debridement: If a person has not been to the dentist for several years, it is likely that a good amount of plaque has accumulated on the gums, teeth, and between the teeth. In such cases, gross debridement is recommended which involves a deep cleaning to remove tartar and plaque from all areas of the mouth.
  • Periodontal Maintenance: Periodontal maintenance refers to routine maintenance for people with serious oral problems, especially gingivitis or periodontitis.

Results with Dental Cleaning

Regular dental cleaning ensures overall good oral health, and gives you a brighter and healthier smile.