Dental Cleaning Middleborough MA
Whether or not you practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, regular cleanings at your dentist’s office are still important. A thorough cleaning will make your teeth feel smooth and squeaky-clean. It will also remove plaque and tartar and make your teeth much healthier.
Plaque is a sticky, bacteria-rich film. When this does not get removed, it turns into hard deposits called tartar. Plaque and tartar can be very difficult to remove without special tools. When they do not get removed, bacteria can grow and multiply. This can eventually lead to tooth decay and gum disease, as well as serious infections that affect the entire body.
When performed in conjunction with a routine dental examination, a professional cleaning can go a long way toward controlling plaque and tartar, keeping your mouth and your entire body healthy. At your cleaning, the dentist can also examine your mouth and look for any issues that require immediate attention.
Dental Cleaning Procedure
Teeth cleaning is often performed by a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist is a trained technician who uses special dental tools designed for this purpose. Most dental cleanings follow a similar pattern.
First, the dental hygienist will examine your mouth to evaluate the health of your oral tissues. Next, the cleaning process begins. Your dental hygienist will use ultrasonic or metal instruments to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. The ultrasonic scaler has a tiny tip that vibrates at a very high frequency. This breaks up the hardened deposits without damaging the tooth. A constant stream of liquid cools the tip and removes plaque while washing away the debris.
After your teeth are cleaned, they are then polished with an electric brush. A slightly gritty toothpaste is applied to lightly scrub your teeth and make them smooth and shiny.
A Requirement for Good Oral Health
Dental cleanings are typically not painful. if you have excessive plaque, the process may be a little uncomfortable, but overall, you should be pleased with the result: shinier, healthier teeth.
Some people experience gum irritation due to bacterial buildup. This can cause gums to become sore or bleed slightly during the cleaning. You can prevent this by taking better care of your teeth at home. Make sure you understand the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. Special mouth rinses may be helpful as well. In some cases, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings. Most people have cleanings done every six months, but you might have to come in 3-4 times a year to maintain good oral health. By following your dentist’s recommended cleaning schedule, you can avoid oral health issues and keep your teeth healthy for life.
Contact Us Today
Professional teeth cleanings are a good way to keep your teeth and gums healthy as well as prevent serious oral health issues. The dentists at Middleboro Family Dental can help you keep your teeth healthy for life. Schedule a cleaning today. Call our office at (508) 947-4411.