So is Teeth Cleaning necessary? Most people don’t see the essence of this dental procedure because they believe their meticulous at-home dental hygiene routines are enough to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Unfortunately ordinary toothpaste is not enough to completely ward off long-term damage on your teeth.
Your own saliva, for instance, contains calcium that is deposited on the surface of the teeth as plaque which may give your teeth an unsightly hue but also create a breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. Plaque over time develops into tartar which is an even more stubborn stain.
The main objective of teeth cleaning at the dentist is to get rid of these damaging coatings on your teeth and under your gum line.
What happens during teeth cleaning?
The first step of the procedure involves mechanical removal of plaque and tartar using a tool called a scraper. It can take 20 minutes to one hour depending on accumulation of these substances. Your mouth will be rinsed clean after this.
Next, your dentist or dental hygienist will brush each of your teeth using an electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste. You will be rinsed again and your dentist will check for any remaining plaque or tartar with the help of a small mirror.
You will then be flossed one tooth at a time until all the plaque hidden between your teeth is dislodged and washed off.
Dr. Risos offers professional teeth cleaning, dental examination and several other dental care services in and around Chula Vista. Call today to schedule an appointment.