When you think of getting your teeth cleaned, you may just be considering how white and shiny they will be after the cleaning. While the primary goal of teeth whitening is cosmetic, teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar which can cause serious oral health conditions. But there are more benefits to regular tooth cleanings besides white teeth, studies have shown a direct correlation between your oral health and over all general health. People with inflamed gums are more at risk for heart disease and other medical conditions. Getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis not only keeps you look good, but feeling great. This is done by removing plaque and tartar buildup.
What is Plaque and Tartar?
Your mouth harbors millions of bacteria. These bacteria thrive on the sugars and simple carbs you eat and secrete a sticky substance known as plaque. Plaque builds up on your teeth and if left untreated hardens into plaque. It is the acid produced by the bacteria as it forms plaque that attacks your teeth and can contribute to cavities and tooth decay. During a professional tooth cleaning your hygienist scrapes the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and under the gum line.
How Often Do You Need Professional Tooth Cleaning?
Prophylaxis tooth cleaning is usually done every six months. The goal of prophylaxis cleanings is to maintain your oral health. During this type of cleaning the hygienist uses a series of picks and scrapers to remove plaque and tartar. Normally during prophylaxis cleanings, you will not experience any discomfort, but if you do your hygienist has many options to make the procedure pain free and relax you.
What are Planing and Deep Cleaning?
Planing and deep cleaning are recommended if you have signs of gum disease. Gum disease may present itself with bleeding and swollen gums. Gum disease is a gum infection with soreness, swelling, and formation of pockets between the teeth and gums which can be caused by untreated plaque and tartar. Regular teeth cleaning prevents gum disease, but if you have a severe buildup of plaque and tartar, you will need planing and deep cleaning.
The main difference between planing and prophylaxis cleaning are the tools the hygienist uses. You may receive a local anesthetic to help with pain during a deep cleaning since the hygienist must aggressively scrape below the gum line. Normally the hygienist cleans one side of your mouth and then once it has healed, you will return and she will clean the other side of your mouth. After planing and deep cleaning, it is important to keep up on your cleaning schedule.
Taking care of your teeth and gums is important. Teeth cleaning is an easy way to take the first step to good oral health. Call or contact us today and ask about professional teeth cleaning and planing.