Dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining good dental health. They help to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other more serious dental issues.
A dental cleaning is a procedure that removes any buildup of plaque and tartar from the teeth. Our dentist uses special dental instruments to gently scrape away any buildup from the surface of the teeth.
What Happens During a Dental Procedure?
Your cleaning will begin with a thorough evaluation of your oral health. You'll discuss any dental issues you're having, such as sensitivity or bleeding gums so that our team can address them during your visit.
Our dentist will use special tools to clean your teeth. We will first use an ultrasonic instrument to loosen the plaque and tartar on your teeth. We will also use a handheld instrument called a scaler to remove the buildup from your teeth. Then, we will polish your teeth to remove stains.
How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
It depends on the type of dental cleaning you get. Cleaning at your dentist's office is considered to be deep cleaning, while there is also a routine cleaning considered to be a regular cleaning.
Most dentists suggest having your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year. But you may be recommended more frequent cleanings if you have gum disease or if you're a patient at high risk for developing periodontal disease.
What Type of Dental Cleaning is for Patients With Gum Disease?
Scaling and Root Planing
When tartar and plaque buildup on the teeth are not effectively removed, a patient's gum tissue can become inflamed and infected. A deep cleaning called scaling, and root planing removes buildup and bacteria from under the gum line. Scaling is performed with an ultrasonic scaler, which uses vibrations to clean out tartar. Root planing involves smoothing out the roots with a hand scaler or curette and is used to prevent bacteria from building up in the future.
How to Care for Your Mouth After Professional Dental Cleaning?
After your dental cleaning, it's important to continue practicing good oral hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing at home can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. So, you need to brush and floss twice every day.
At North Star Dental, we ensure to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (505) 369-1881 or visit us at 9501 Paseo del Norte NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87122. We will be happy to guide you further.