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Teeth Cleanings: A Guide to Improve Your Overall Health.

A Professional Process for Teeth Cleaning

For a regular teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:  

Examination

First, our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified if present, and further tests and examinations can be done if needed. Our dentist will also ask for your dental history. Once the examination has been completed, it's time for the cleaning.

Removal of Tartar and Plaque

The teeth cleaning process starts with the removal of tartar, stains and plaque buildup, which is a biofilm that grows and deposits on the surface of your teeth. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits before moving on to the smaller ones.

Polishing

After the tartar and plaque buildup has been removed, our dentist will start polishing your teeth using various tools to achieve a cleaner, fresher and brighter smile.

Rinsing and Fluoride Application

Finally, our dentist will rinse out your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride application. The process of applying fluoride is essential for your overall oral health as it helps protect teeth from deterioration.

Types of Teeth Cleaning

Typically, when you visit our dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. You may also need an additional or alternative cleaning procedure, depending on the needs of your current oral health. After examination, our dentist will recommend the cleaning process that fulfills your needs the most. 

Here are the different types of teeth cleanings available:

Regular Cleaning

In a regular cleaning process, our dentist eliminates stains, tartar and plaque from your teeth. This teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by our dentist to be done at least twice a year. For patients with gum health issues, our dentist could recommend more frequent visits.

Deep Cleaning

If you have signs of gum disease, this type of teeth cleaning is recommended. The signs and symptoms include a strong buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, x-rays showing tooth loss and identification of deep gum pockets.

Periodontal Maintenance

This process of teeth cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque from below and above the gum line, deep cleaning of certain areas on your teeth and is followed up by teeth polishing. Periodontal maintenance is typically recommended by our dentist after undergoing a periodontal treatment, like deep cleaning. Continuous maintenance is significant as there is a chance of gum disease reoccurring. 

Full Mouth Debridement

Our dentist may recommend this teeth cleaning procedure when a serious level of plaque and tartar buildup is present. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of hard tartar and plaque from the gums and teeth. This teeth cleaning process is completed by our dentist before the oral examination is conducted.

Advantages of Teeth Cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist to get your teeth cleaned. As mentioned before, the teeth cleaning process is crucial for your overall oral health. Some benefits you can expect include:

Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleanings mean maintenance for your oral health. Good oral health results in fresh breath and a healthy mouth.

Brighter Smile

Tooth discoloration is typically caused by smoking, wine, tea and coffee drinks. However, these stains can be eliminated with the help of teeth cleaning.

Cavity Prevention

Plaque is one of the major causes of tooth decay. This acidic substance starts eating away the enamel, which is why it needs to be removed regularly. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps to eliminate even the most stubborn plaque.

Preventing Tooth Loss

When plaque buildup is left unattended, it can result in gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support of your teeth in the jaw. This results in loose teeth and, eventually, tooth loss.  

Improved Health

Numerous studies have determined a link between overall health and oral health. Maintaining your oral health should be considered a vital aspect of your overall wellness.

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning

Our dentist will determine how often teeth cleaning need to be performed, and our team will schedule them accordingly. The frequency you would need teeth cleanings can vary, so it is advised to schedule an appointment with our dentist.  A protocol for teeth cleanings and other dental procedures can be given at that time.

For children, it’s recommended that parents start their visits as early as three years of age. This suggestion helps them maintain a good oral hygiene from a young age.

If you're due for a teeth cleaning, turn to our dentist at Affordable Dentistry Today for exceptional service. Our Rockford, Illinois-based team can help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you've always wanted. Schedule your appointment today by calling 815-282-4311.