Professional Teeth Cleaning
In Everett, Washington
Having a conscious oral hygiene routine is vital for a healthy and attractive smile, and regular teeth cleaning is the first step.
Knowing precisely what the process is about and its significant benefits will help you move forward with your professional cleaning session and enjoy its results.
Why do people need a professional tooth cleaning?
Sometimes, people are not conscious of the hazards of keeping poor oral health and all the problems this can bring. To raise awareness of the importance of teeth cleaning, below is a list of the most common dental issues associated with poor oral hygiene:
When we talk about dental care, brushing and flossing your teeth daily often isn’t enough. Some surfaces cannot be easily reached with the brush, and as a result of the poor cleaning, dental plaque and tartar might accumulate. This affects both the teeth and the gums, and that’s why professional cleanings are vital to keep your smile healthy.
How can regular deep cleaning appointments help patients save money on dental care?
When your dentists or dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they also look for any other dental issues that the patient might have. Early detection is vital, and may end up saving you both time and money in the long run.
For example: A small cavity that is not generating any pain now and is detected soon can be easily fixed in one visit, with a simple restorative procedure.
If that cavity isn’t treated on time, it will only get bigger and deeper. Once the pulp (the inner soft tissue that keeps teeth alive) is affected, the only way of saving the tooth is to perform a root canal treatment, or in some severe cases, to extract the affected tooth.
All of these problems can be avoided with regular cleaning visits to the dental office.
How does a dentist or dental hygienist perform a deep cleaning?
A deep cleaning involves:
Your dentist looks for any sign of gums disease or dental decay to see if there’s any type of restorative treatments (fillings, crowns, etc.) needed.
Plaque and Tartar removal:
This is when the actual cleaning gets started. Your dentist uses a mechanic scaler to eliminate plaque and tartar, so patients can expect to hear scraping noises and may experience bleeding if gums are not healthy.
Once the plaque and tartar removal is finished, a prophylactic paste containing both cleaning and polishing agents is applied to all teeth surfaces with a small brush. The goal is to eliminate stains and any roughness that might have arisen from the cleaning.
Any plaque or tartar that might get caught between teeth is removed with dental floss.
Fluoride is not necessary in all situations, but it is often used to strengthen dental tissue and protect from bacteria.
Does a professional teeth cleaning hurt?
For many people, professional teeth cleanings are not uncomfortable at all. However, those who have receding gums might suffer a mild to moderate discomfort during the session. For those patients, we offer anesthetics and loads of patience to make their experience as pleasant as we can.
How often should you get a dental deep cleaning?
Frequency depends on several factors, including age and oral health condition.
Visiting the dentist every six months can help them understand how harmful these habits can be while ensuring that their teeth are clean and healthy at the same time. Our goal is to keep our patient’s natural teeth healthy for as long as possible.
However, some adults may suffer from periodontal or gum disease. For these patients, it is highly advisable to visit the dentist between 3 and 4 times a year.
Book your cleaning appointment today:
Has it been more than 3-6 months since your last cleaning? Book your dental hygiene appointment today to ensure a healthy smile and help prevent cavities or other potential tooth defects. Making an appointment with Perfect Smiles Dentistry is easy.
Appointments are preferred, but walk-in patients are welcome.
If you have an emergency dental concern, please contact us immediately.