Professional Teeth Cleaning
A teeth cleaning(dental prophylaxis) is a treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:
- Plaque and calculus removal. Plaque and calculus (tartar) buildup occur both above and below the gum line and can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to treat the potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of decaying food particles (possibly below the gum line) and tissue breakdown from gum infection result in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our office can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Questions About Teeth Cleaning
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Generally, we recommend that teeth cleaning be performed twice annually as a preventative measure. In more advanced cases(periodontitis), we recommend periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months.
If I get my teeth cleaned regularly, will it cure gum disease?
It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but regular teeth cleanings are a crucial tool Dr. Benedon uses to halt its progression effectively.
What is the difference between a Teeth Cleaning and a Deep Cleaning?
The primary distinction between a general teeth cleaning and a deep dental cleaning lies in their purpose and depth of treatment.
- A general teeth cleaning is performed during routine check-ups, focusing on maintaining overall oral health.
- In contrast, a deep dental cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, is a more intensive procedure recommended for individuals with gum disease.
The choice between them depends on the individual’s oral health condition, with both playing crucial roles in achieving and maintaining a healthy smile.