While dental emergencies can strike anyone, anytime, our patients who commit to regular preventive care appointments usually experience fewer problems over time. Professional cleanings with a registered dental hygienist allow us to take a proactive approach to your dental health, addressing issues while they are small and potentially avoiding issues altogether. Despite your best efforts, deposits of mineralized plaque, known as tartar, adhere to areas of the teeth. These deposits create a nice home for millions of harmful bacteria. Left unchecked, they flood toxins into the gums resulting in devastating chronic problems, even resulting in the loss of teeth.

When tartar is removed at your professional hygiene appointment, it doesn’t have the opportunity to produce irreversible damage. We use professional instruments and prescription strength polishing paste that gently buffs away stain and plaque, leaving your teeth ultra-smooth and shiny. Since discoloration settles into the enamel of your teeth over time, this helps slow yellowing while maintaining a glassy surface for better cleaning.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Why is professional teeth cleaning necessary?

Professional teeth cleaning is crucial for removing plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing may miss. It helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and keeps your smile healthy.

How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?

It is generally recommended to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. However, your dentist may suggest more frequent cleanings based on your oral health needs.

What is the difference between scaling and polishing during a teeth cleaning?

Scaling involves removing tartar from the tooth surface, while polishing smoothens and cleans the tooth enamel. Both processes contribute to a cleaner and healthier smile.

Is teeth cleaning a painful procedure?

Teeth cleaning is typically not painful. You may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity during the process, especially if there is a significant buildup of tartar. However, the overall procedure is generally well-tolerated.

Can teeth cleaning remove teeth stains and discoloration?

Yes, teeth cleaning can help remove surface stains caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, and certain foods. For more stubborn stains or discoloration, your dentist may recommend additional treatments such as teeth whitening.

How long does a typical teeth cleaning appointment take?

A standard teeth cleaning appointment usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of cleaning required and individual oral health.

Can professional teeth cleaning treat gum disease?

While professional cleaning is essential for preventing gum disease, advanced stages may require additional treatments. Your dentist will assess your oral health and recommend appropriate measures if needed.

Are there any side effects after a teeth cleaning?

It’s common to experience mild sensitivity or gum tenderness after a teeth cleaning. These symptoms usually subside shortly. If you experience persistent discomfort, consult your dentist.

What should I do to prepare for a teeth cleaning appointment?

There is generally no specific preparation needed for a teeth cleaning appointment. Continue your regular oral hygiene routine and inform your dentist of any changes in your health or medications.

Can I eat and drink immediately after a teeth cleaning?

Yes, you can eat and drink after a teeth cleaning. However, it’s advisable to wait a little while before consuming colored or staining substances to maximize the benefits of the cleaning.

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