Dental cleaning procedures are critical to your oral health. A regular visit to Dr. Roland E. Vanaria’s practice in Newton, Massachusetts, can ensure a healthy set of teeth and gums. Their experienced team is committed to providing top quality dental care to every person they treat. Contact their practice, Roland E. Vanaria, DDS, MAGD, to make an appointment.
What is a teeth cleaning?
A professional cleaning involves a dental hygienist thoroughly removing the tartar and plaque, from your teeth at and above the gumline. If there is a need for a deep cleaning, it’s usually called scaling and root planing and this involves more extensive cleaning below the gumline.
What can I expect during a teeth cleaning?
Depending on the office you go to, some dentists do cleanings and some have hygienists that specialize in cleanings.
Dental cleanings can be painless if you have taken good care of your teeth and gums. But being poked with sharp instruments can bring some momentary pain to anyone.
First the hygienist will inspect your teeth with a lighted instrument and a mirror to see around the backs and sides of your teeth. If there is only one person doing the cleaning they will put a suction tube in your mouth, hooking over you lip to suck away excess saliva that builds up during the cleaning
The hygienist uses a tool called a scaler to scrape tartar and plaque off your teeth and then they may use an ultrasonic vibrating device to assist in the cleaning. Your teeth will then be rinsed with water and polished to make them feel smooth and clean.
Throughout the process they will inspect your teeth and gums for any issues, such as excess bleeding, decay, periodontal disease, or any other abnormalities that need care beyond a cleaning. X-rays may be taken to see these areas more fully and to be compared to previous X-rays. Any problems will be noted and a future appointment will be made to address these issues.
How often should I undergo a professional teeth cleaning?
To maintain the health of your gums and teeth, dentists recommend coming in for a visit every 6-12 months. Skipping your regularly scheduled cleaning could mean a larger, more extensive and expensive problem will have to be fixed on your next visit.
What are ways I can maintain good oral hygiene?
Maintaining good oral hygiene involves regularly:
- Brushing your teeth
- Eating an anticavity diet
- Visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings