Dental Cleaning Eagle Mountain UT
Keeping abreast with your routine dental cleanings plays a crucial role in elevating your oral and overall health. Routine cleanings can help avert more serious oral conditions, such as dental cavities and gum disease, that often contribute to tooth loss. Learning more about dental cleanings is paramount since it is key to ensuring optimal oral health.
At Ranches Family Dental, we ask our patients to visit us for their routine cleanings every six months. Patients should not skip these appointments because dental cleanings are a preventative measure and can go a long way in preventing costly treatments or irreversible damage to teeth, gums, and bone. Visit us if you have not had a dental cleaning done in the previous six months or if you have other dental concerns.
What Is Dental Cleaning?
In the same way an annual physical exam helps ensure the overall well-being of your body, so does routine dental cleaning help with your oral health. The main goal of dental cleaning is to ward off tartar, biofilm, and other deposits building up on the teeth and underneath the gum line.
Dental cleanings minimize the odds of developing dental cavities, gum disease, and premature loss of teeth. You should generally have dental cleanings at least every six months, though some people with increased risks for gum disease and cavities may need cleanings done more often - every three to four months.
What Does Dental Cleaning Involve?
A routine dental cleaning entails the removal of soft as well as hard deposits, such as plaque and calculus, that have formed around and below the gum line. A scaling technique is employed by the dentist to clear plaque and tartar deposits from the surfaces of teeth.
Routine cleaning is similar to deep cleaning, only that in deep teeth cleaning, the dental professional accesses the tooth surfaces down into the gum pockets. Routine dental cleaning mostly focuses on the visible tooth surfaces and the areas just underneath the gum line but does not go deeper into the tooth root surfaces.
A dental cleaning is a non-surgical procedure that varies in duration from one patient to another based on the level of deposits formed by the time you arrive at our office. The process takes less than an hour, but it can take more time if more scaling work is needed. Both our dentist and dental hygienist are involved in the procedure.
How Often To Get Dental Cleanings?
The American Dental Association advises that a dentist determine how frequently each patient should be receiving dental cleanings. Most people can receive their cleanings and exams every six months. However, researchers have established that high-risk patients are more likely to benefit from routine dental cleanings conducted at more frequent intervals than low-risk patients.
What Happens During Dental Cleanings?
The procedure for dental cleaning is more than what many people think. It is not just about scraping off plaque and tartar from your teeth. Prior to cleaning the buildup from the teeth, a dental professional does a thorough examination of the oral cavity, including the teeth, gums, and bone, and the nearby facial and neck areas.
Your health history, dental care habits, and lifestyle are also examined. A patient also receives oral cancer screening and examination of the head and neck.
Further, x-rays may be obtained that help catch anything abnormal that may need treatment or referral to a dental specialist or any other healthcare practitioner. After the assessment data has been collected, then a diagnosis is made based on your current conditions. A treatment plan is also devised to take care of your specific needs. After the assessment and recommendation are done, then we will get into the dental cleaning process.
How the Cleaning Is Performed
Our dentist utilizes a scaler to help scrape off plaque and tartar. Dental plaque is that sticky, white film that coats the teeth and harbors bacteria. When left to rest on teeth for some time, dental plaque hardens and becomes tartar. Often, when plaque gets to the tartar stage, it becomes difficult to remove. Only a professional teeth cleaning can remove it since brushing and flossing alone cannot do the trick. Scaling may be performed manually or using power-driven scalers.
Any remaining plaque or stains can be eradicated through a polishing technique using an abrasive paste and an electric toothbrush. Since this gritty toothpaste is likely to lodge between teeth, after polishing, the dentist will floss your teeth. The dentist may also do a fluoride treatment at the end to keep the teeth strong and help avert cavities.
What To Expect After the Cleaning
Based on the amount of scaling done and the type of tools utilized, your mouth could feel somewhat uncomfortable after the dental cleaning process. Even so, you will be pleased by the new feeling of smooth, plaque-free teeth. It is a painless procedure since no injections or drilling are involved. You do not need anesthetic or sedation for routine dental cleaning. However, for deep teeth cleanings, where the dentist has to pull back the gums to access deeper areas of the teeth roots, you may need an anesthetic.
There may be a little sensitivity because of scraping the teeth surfaces, but it should disperse within days. Our dentist or hygienist will advise on changes in your diet. You may need to avoid acidic foods, smoking, or sugary foods that could heighten the likelihood of having more sensitivity or staining the enamel.
Importance of a Dental Cleaning
Apart from eliminating tartar and plaque, a dental cleaning also helps prevent oral diseases like cavities and gum disease. It also gives our dentist an opportunity to catch oral disease and infection early on so that intervention measures are taken. Our dentist can spot issues like enamel erosion, gingivitis, periodontitis, cavities, and even gum abscesses or signs of oral cancer during the dental exam and cleaning.
To discover why dental cleanings are essential and when you should have them conducted, visit our dental office today. Contact Ranches Family Dental by calling (385) 374-0500 to speak with our dental team about your dental cleaning appointment.