Dental cleanings are the cornerstone of good preventive dental care. They keep your mouth healthy by making sure that many serious dental conditions never get a chance to develop. At Central Dental Care in Tracy, California, Amrit Basi, DMD, and the team of dental professionals provide gentle and thorough dental cleanings to make your smile as healthy as possible. Schedule your dental cleaning today by calling the office or booking online.
First, your dentist or dental hygienist uses a special set of tools to remove the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth, in between your teeth, and around your gumline. While you can remove plaque with at-home care, the only way to get rid of tartar is with a professional cleaning.
After your dental professional finishes removing the plaque and tartar, they use a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric toothbrush to give your teeth a deep polish. Then, they perform a professional flossing. If your gums bleed during this stage, it means that you’re not flossing enough at home. You should floss at least once a day to maintain a healthy mouth.
Finally, they rinse your mouth and then finish up with a fluoride treatment to give your teeth extra protection against cavities. This is done either with a mouthpiece that’s filled with fluoride gel and put on your teeth or by painting fluoride varnish directly onto your teeth.
A dental cleaning is also an opportunity for your dentist to check on your general oral health, as well as refresh your teeth and breath. Your dentist or hygienist performs a visual assessment of your smile to look for any signs of gum disease or cavities caused by tooth decay. They might also take X-rays to get a deeper look into your teeth and oral structures.
Scaling and root planing is a deeper cleaning that the team at Central Dental Care performs if you’re suffering from the early stages of gum disease. With scaling, your dentist cleans the hardened plaque and tartar from both above and beneath your gumline.
After your teeth and tooth roots are free of plaque and tartar, your dentist performs root planing, which involves smoothing down the surfaces of your tooth roots. This makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and gives your gums a better surface to reattach to.
Because scaling and root planing is a more advanced cleaning, your dentist might recommend using a local anesthetic for the procedure. This helps to minimize any discomfort you might experience.
The general wisdom is to have a dental cleaning twice per year, but you should work with your dentist to determine a cleaning schedule that’s particularly tailored to your unique needs. While two cleanings per year might be perfect for some people, other patients might require more frequent cleanings, especially if they’re dealing with a dental condition like gum disease.
Schedule your dental cleaning with Central Dental Care today by calling the office or booking online.