We’ve all been there: leaned back in that long chair, bright light in our eyes, and our mouth wide open while a dentist and dental hygienist scrapes and picks at our teeth before using a gritty substance to polish them. The biannual teeth cleaning. While some see this procedure as a nuisance and can’t stand the thought of someone cleaning their teeth for them, this important procedure is essential to not only your oral health, but it is also essential to your overall health. The mouth is often viewed as separate to one’s overall health and is often overlooked in discussions of being healthy. However, the maintenance of oral hygiene and oral health is an essential part of living a healthy life.
Why You Really Do Need Your Teeth Cleaned Professionally
- While daily brushing and flossing removes plaque, it is not effective at removing all of the plaque from your teeth. If plaque sits on your teeth long enough, it will build up and harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. If this build-up is allowed to accumulate, it can lead to periodontal disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
- Preventative maintenance. Not only does your biannual teeth cleaning help keep your teeth free of plaque and tartar, but your dentist will also be able to spot the earliest signs of gingivitis and tooth decay. Catching tooth decay before it starts and gingivitis before it advances are essential in treating them effectively.
What is a Teeth Cleaning?
A professional teeth cleaning is essential because it removes tartar from your teeth. When your gum measurements, that is the level of inflammation, is at a normal level, you will only need a routine tooth cleaning. During this procedure, Dr. Ema will remove the plaque, a sticky film that forms on your teeth because of bacteria, and tartar.
Tartar is a hard substance that forms on your teeth if plaque is allowed to sit on your teeth and gumline. The build-up of tartar causes inflamed gum, leading to periodontal disease that can damage the tissue and bone structures in your mouth. Only a dentist can remove tartar from your teeth.
If, however, you do have gum disease and need a deeper clean, Dr. Ema will perform a procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a procedure used as a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. This treatment involves the cleaning and manual removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Scaling is the process whereby Dr. Ema removes the tartar, hardened plaque, from above and beneath the gumline, and planing is the process during which Dr. Ema smooths the surface of your tooth’s root to promote the healthy reattachment of your gums to your tooth’s root.
What to Expect During Your Cleaning:
- Your professional cleaning will take one hour.
- Your dental hygienist will scale your teeth to remove the plaque and tartar build-up.
- Your dental hygienist will clean each tooth individually and look for signs of infection or decay.
- Post-cleaning education will include how to properly reach problematic areas, effective brushing, and instruction on caring for your teeth if anything has changed or any problems arise.
- Your dentist will speak with you about any issues or questions that you may have and any problematic areas that need special attention.
Your professional teeth cleaning is just as important as your other healthcare checkups. At Chicago Veneers, your oral health is Dr. Ema’s top priority! She is here to answer any questions that you may have about your overall oral health and ways to ensure that you maintain healthy smile. Dr. Ema is a highly trained and experienced dental professional who is devoted to keeping your mouth healthy so that you can live your life in a state of optimal wellness.
To determine what treatment is needed for your XXXXX, please contact us at 312.753.5379 or make an appointment online.