Many people see their mouth as a separate component from the body’s overall health but the truth is that it’s all connected. Dental health issues can indicate or even cause illness in other parts of your body – including diabetes and heart disease!
Teeth cleaning is a necessary part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of plaque from teeth to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
Regular dental cleanings are essential to keeping your mouth, and the rest of your body, healthy.
Teeth cleaning is a simple and painless process however knowing what to expect prior to your appointment will help take away any apprehension, and allow you to enjoy the process as much as the results.
- Physical Exam: Most teeth cleanings are performed by our highly qualified, registered dental hygienists. Prior to any cleaning they will conduct a comprehensive physical exam of your entire mouth.
- Scaling: With the use of a scaling tool the dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar from around your gum line as well as in-between your teeth. Scaling is a more extensive procedure than a standard dental cleaning because it involves cleaning the areas below the gum line. However, this is an important part of professional teeth cleaning because it prevents the development or progression of gum disease.
- Polish: Once your teeth are plaque-free the dental hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush to removes any residual tartar.
- Flouride Treatment: The last step in the teeth cleaning process is a fluoride treatment where foamy gel is put into a pan and onto your teeth to sit for a one minute. This foamy gel acts as a protectant for your teeth to help fight cavities.
Regular professional teeth cleanings will remove plaque, tartar buildup, and staining from your teeth and improve your overall dental health.
Other significant benefits of dental cleanings include:
- Gum disease prevention.
- Minimizes risk of a heart attack or stroke.
- Minimizes risk of other illnesses including diabetes, dementia, and oral cancer.
- Early detection of dental problems which saves you money in the long run.
- Helps maintain fresh breath.
- Helps keep a brighter smile.
- Helps prevent tooth loss.