Professional Dental Cleaning

Staying on top of routine dental cleanings can play an essential role in your overall health and well-being. In fact, routine dental cleanings can prevent more serious oral health complications like gum disease and dental cavities that can lead to tooth loss.

What is a Dental Cleaning?

Just like an annual physical is essential to your body’s overall well-being, a routine dental cleaning is key for the health of your smile. Its main goal is to remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and under your gum line to reduce your chances of cavities, gum disease or eventual tooth loss. It also gives your dentist and dental hygienist the chance to look for signs of tooth decay, oral cancer and other oral health issues.

The purpose of this appointment is to remove deposits from your teeth that can be unpleasant in appearance and may increase your risk of tooth decay or periodontitis.

Both a dental hygienist and dentist are involved in the process. “A dental hygienist will collect the necessary assessments and notify the dentist when this is complete. We are looking for anything abnormal that would need treatment or referral to a specialist,” says Sefo. Your dentist will then examine your teeth, existing restorations, and gums and look over the hygienist’s findings.

Types of Dental Cleaning

  • Prophylaxis Dental Cleaning
  • Scaling and Root Planing Cleaning
  • Periodontal Maintenance Cleaning
  • Gross Debridement Cleaning

Health Benefits of a Dental Cleaning

There are three key health benefits to attending your routine dental cleanings, including:

  • The maintenance of oral health
  • The prevention of oral diseases
  • Early detection of oral diseases and infections