Teeth cleaning is a safe, painless, and quick dental procedure that eliminates plaque and tartar accumulation from the surfaces of the teeth and along the gumline. Performed regularly, at least once every six months, it protects your oral health from dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
Dr. Hernandez, DDS, at The Dental Design Studios in Houston, Texas, recommends professional teeth cleaning as one of the best ways to ensure long-term dental health. Here are the steps included in this procedure:
Before starting the teeth cleaning procedure, the dentist will perform a physical exam, assessing the health of your entire mouth. With the help of a small mirror, they will check the teeth and gums to identify any signs of gingivitis or other potential concerns.
Removing Plaque and Tartar
After the initial assessment, the dentist will start the teeth cleaning procedure. Using a mirror and a special paste, they will identify the areas where plaque and tartar have accumulated and begin to scrape them off the teeth, the gum line, and from between the teeth.
They will also instruct you how to properly brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent plaque buildup in the future.
Gritty Toothpaste Cleaning
After removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, the dentist will use a high-powered electric toothbrush to deep clean the teeth and remove any leftover tartar. The professional toothpaste used for this part of the process tastes and smells the same as an ordinary one but has a gritty consistency that scrubs the teeth better.
Getting your teeth flossed professionally removes the accumulated tartar from the deeper and harder-to-reach spaces between the teeth. It also helps to locate any potential trouble spots where your gums bleed.
The next step of the teeth cleaning procedure is rinsing your mouth with a special mouthwash to get rid of any remaining debris.
The last step of the teeth cleaning procedure is the fluoride treatment. Fluoride helps your teeth fight cavities and fluoride treatment keeps your teeth protected for several months.
The fluoride is applied to the teeth and left on for about a minute and then followed by a fluoride varnish applied onto the teeth with a small brush. After the treatment, you can eat or drink anything you like.
For more on the benefits of teeth cleaning, contact The Dental Design Studios at (713) 468-5800 or visit us at 8391 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055.