A professional cleaning is an important part in a hygiene routine and can improve your oral health. Although we brush and floss everyday, our oral hygiene can suffer from missing hard to reach areas and cleaning all the way around the teeth. When areas get missed, plaque is allowed to harden on our teeth and it is impossible to get off with a toothbrush. A dental professional cleans teeth with specialized instruments to clean around the entire tooth while removing plaque and calculus. Getting a professional cleaning can also help remove minor staining from teeth and help strengthen gums by removing irritants.
How do I know I may need this?
Gums bleed often while brushing and flossing
Superficial teeth staining
Floss gets caught near gums while flossing(presence of calculus)
You have not had a professional cleaning within the last year
What to expect?
During a cleaning, a professional will be working to rid teeth of plaque, calculus, and superficial staining. This is done with specialized instruments made to clean the surface of the tooth without damaging it. If an ultrasonic scaler is used, you will experience a light vibration while it is being used with each tooth. If you are receiving a deep cleaning, you may feel slight soreness in the gums after the cleaning.
After receiving your professional cleaning. be sure to keep a good oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing everyday! If you need help with proper cleaning techniques, feel free to ask during your cleaning appointment.