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A Guide to Teeth Cleaning

At Pusch Peak Family Dental, we offer teeth cleanings, performed by our qualified dentist using high quality tools and products, to ensure you receive the highest quality care. Keep reading to learn more about the various teeth cleaning procedures we offer and how they improve your oral health. 

Types of Teeth Cleanings

The regular teeth cleaning is the one you'll probably experience most frequently. It's a simple, preventive treatment used to remove plaque, tartar and stains from your teeth. In addition to the standard teeth cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, our dentist also offers the following: 

  • Deep Cleaning: This type of cleaning is also called scaling and root planing. It's recommended for patients with early signs of gum disease, like swollen and bleeding gums or deep pockets between the gums and teeth. 
  • Full Mouth Debridement: In rare cases, when there is significant tartar and plaque buildup that makes it difficult to complete an oral exam, our dentist might recommend this procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth.
  • Periodontal Maintenance: This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by our dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. It typically involves a series of teeth cleanings performs in more frequent intervals than a standard prophylaxis. 

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning 

The standard recommendation is to see the dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and exam, however, you may need more frequent cleanings depending on the current state of your oral health.

The Teeth Cleaning Process

It is normal to feel apprehensive about going through a process you don’t understand, especially when it comes to dental care. However, if you know what to expect, then your visit to our dentist's office becomes less stressful. For a routine teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:  

1. Examination

Our dentist will conduct an oral examination to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. Problem areas will be identified and further tests will be recommended if any issues are found. Once the examination is complete, the dentist will begin teeth cleaning.  

2. Removal of Plaque and Tartar

Every teeth cleaning begins with the removal of large deposits of plaque and tartar, usually using a manual dental instrument. This may take a while, particularly if it's been a while since your last cleaning.

3. Polishing

Once the plaque and tartar have been removed, our dentist will polish your teeth using a gritty toothpaste and a dental instrument that resembles an electric toothbrush.  

4. Flossing

As you would at home, our dentist will floss your teeth after they've been polished. This removes any remaining plaque or debris and also allows our dentist to ensure you know how to floss properly.

5. Rinsing and Fluoride Application 

Finally, our dentist will rinse your mouth and start the fluoride treatment.

Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

There are a plethora of reasons to visit our dental office every six months for teeth cleanings. Benefits of teeth cleanings include: 

  • Prevention of Cavities and Gum Disease: Unfortunately, your toothbrush can't reach every nook and cranny of your mouth to remove plaque. If this isn't removed during a professional cleaning, it can cause cavities and/or gum disease. Further neglect can lead to serious infections and even tooth loss, as the bacteria begins to affect the support in the jaw. 
  • Improved Breath: The same bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease also cause bad breath, and those conditions can make your breath even worse. Staying on top of your oral health with regular cleanings means fresher breath.  
  • Whiter Smile: Tobacco use and drinking beverages like coffee, tea and wine can stain the enamel of your teeth, but professional cleanings can lift away these stains, restoring your teeth to their bright and beautiful appearance. 
  • Better Overall Health: Countless studies have proven our oral and physical health are inextricably linked. Conditions like gum disease have been linked to other severe conditions like heart disease and diabetes. By visiting our dentist for your bi-annual teeth cleaning, you can improve both your oral and overall health. 

Getting your teeth cleaned is essential for maintaining the overall health of your teeth and gums. Call us todayat 520-229-1444 to book your appointment.