Habitual oral cleaning is an indispensable element of good dental hygiene. Aside from keeping the teeth and gums in perfect condition, professional dental cleanings enable dentists to evaluate the condition of your oral cavity and help stem oral diseases like gingivitis and dental caries. Keep your home dental routine in check to avert oral disease as they also impact your general health. Visit us at Camas Dentistry to schedule a dental cleaning.
Types of Dental Cleanings
Aside from regular brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinse at home, professional dental cleanings are recommended to remove plaque and tartar that would not be cleared even with routine home cleaning. Prophylaxis cleaning, also referred to as routine dental cleaning, is the most common type of cleaning, and it is done to remove plaque debris on healthy patients' gums and teeth for maintenance purposes. A dental hygienist mainly carries out this procedure and removes stains and calculus from all teeth surfaces. However, this type of cleaning is not recommended for already damaged teeth. Prophylaxis cleaning is recommended once at least every six months to ensure plaque buildup does not harden into tartar and already hardened plaque is removed before it deteriorates.
The scaling and root planing cleaning procedure entails the removal of already hardened tartar in patients with a prevalence of developing gum disease or patients who already have it. Most patients who undergo this procedure already exhibit signs of gum disease like bleeding or swollen gums. A periodontist mainly performs this restorative procedure using special techniques and hand instruments and removes plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces and below the gum line. Periodontal maintenance cleaning aims at helping patients with severe gum diseases like periodontitis to manage the disease. After being diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is essential to observe regular follow-up dentist visits for regular cleaning.
Gross debridement cleanings are the most thorough teeth cleanings, meant to remove large amounts of plaque, calculus, and tartar from teeth. Individuals who have trouble sustaining an oral hygiene practice or who have evaded the dentist for a long time fall into this category. During thorough debridement cleanings, an electrical instrument is utilized to dislodge tartar, and vast volumes of tartar are complicated to remove. After complete removal, the teeth are cleaned using a prophylaxis cleaning.
What Can a Dental Cleaning Do for Me?
A dental cleaning helps keep your breath fresh, helps thereby improve your appearance, and prevents the formation of cavities and gum diseases that could lead to tooth loss. Dental cleanings also help prevent other general health diseases like heart disease, dementia, malignancy, and diabetes.
There is a deep relation between dental health and overall well-being. Regular dental cleanings help dental hygienists discover the development of disease earlier and avert it. Severe dental complications like gingivitis which could lead to osteoporosis, are monitored through regular dental cleanings. Although regular home cleanings are good for maintaining oral health, routine dental cleaning is also necessary in preventing bacterial buildup and disease spread. Visit us at Camas Dentistry or reach us via 360-837-5992 to inquire more about dental cleanings and our dental services.