Having your teeth cleaned is very important. Some think, “Hey, I brush 3 times a day, I don’t need a teeth cleaning at the dentist office.” This could not be further from the truth. When we brush our teeth, no matter how thorough we are, we still have residue left, under the gum level and also often on the tooth itself. Removing plaque from your teeth to prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease is important to do regularly. ?During a teeth cleaning you have the hardened deposits, known as tartar that a tooth brush or flossing cannot remove.

How Often Should Teeth Cleanings Happen?

Teeth cleanings are recommended once every six months or twice a year. However, every patient has different needs for their dental health and could require more frequent teeth cleanings under certain circumstances. If you happen to have a greater plaque build up you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often.

Did You Know…

An unhealthy mouth can lead to internal body problems. Yes, the bacteria that gathers in your mouth and gums can cause problems in your internal organs or in your whole body. The bacteria when gone untreated will travel throughout your body, it can cause many different inflammations to your internal organs, even increase your chances of heart failure or heart attacks. Get your teeth checked, keep them clean and save your entire health, by keeping the gateway to your health (your teeth and gums) healthy.

What To Expect When Going To The Dentist To Have Your Teeth Cleaned

Usually when you arrive at the dental office, the dentist will meet with you and talk about any problems you may be having if any, they typically will talk to you about how you brush your teeth and floss and how often you do so, then the assistant will prepare you for your teeth to be cleaned. Often the dental hygienist, not the dentist will be the one cleaning your teeth. Many different tools are used to clean your teeth at the dentist’s office, a series of dental hand tools are used but the most important is the Scaler and Prophy cup.

  • Scaler – looks kind of like small metal hooks and are used to remove tough hardened plaque from each tooth and below the gum line. Normally this will be the first step in your cleaning your teeth.
  • Prophy Cup/Prophy Angle – looks like a little white round cup-like polisher that attaches to an electric handle that rotates it very quickly to polish your teeth. There are many different sizes of Prophy cups this helps the dentist choose the best option for cleaning your teeth.  Prophy cups are often used with different flavored polishes and are normally one of the last stages of the teeth cleaning process. The Prophy cup is also called the Prophy angle because different head angles can be used to help clean tough places to reach in your mouth.
  • Dental Dry Vacuum – this is an apparatus that is flexible and is usually bent by the dentist to be hooked onto the side of your mouth that will suck up excess saliva and the particles the dentist/dental hygienist is removing from your teeth.
  • The Oral Irrigator or Dental Water-jet – is hooked to the water system in the office, has a very strong force of spray that helps the dentist/dental hygienist remove the tartar or plaque which was loosened by the Scaler from your teeth. This is sprayed periodically into your mouth so the dentist can clear the debris and see where cleaning needs to continue.
  • Floss – this is a waxed string, occasionally the dentist/hygienist will use this to get loosened debris in between your teeth out. Often if this is used it is used at the beginning of the cleaning process to remove particles between your teeth that is already loose.

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