Professional cleanings, or “prophylaxis” are the cornerstone of good oral hygiene. These cleanings are performed by our experienced dentist at Spera Dental. During your cleaning, the dentist will scrape away any plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will polish your teeth, floss them, and apply fluoride.
Why Is Dental Cleaning Important?
There are two primary reasons to get your teeth cleaned every six months:
First, it’s one of the best ways to ensure good oral health. It’s important to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth regularly. Otherwise, these substances can turn into hardened deposits called calculus or tartar. Not only can these substances irritate your gums, but they can also cause cavities and gum disease.
Second, it keeps your smile bright and beautiful. When your teeth have a buildup of plaque and calculus, they not only look dull but may appear stained as well. Regular cleanings help keep your smile looking its absolute best.
How Often Should I Get a Cleaning?
You should have a cleaning every six months, or more often if your doctor recommends it. These visits help remove plaque and tartar buildup, which contribute to stains and tooth decay. However, if you have signs of gum disease, your dentist may suggest you get cleanings more often than twice a year.
What to Expect at Your Cleaning Appointment?
Cleanings Are Quick and Painless
Cleanings are an essential part of oral health, so it’s important to make sure you’re keeping up with yours. Cleanings are usually quick and painless, and your dental hygienist will help make your next appointment before you leave.
Your Dentist Will Examine Your Teeth and Gums
Your dentist will first check your teeth and gums for cavities, plaque, tartar, and other signs of oral health issues. Then, they’ll clean your teeth. Cleanings usually include scaling, which is the process of removing plaque and tartar from your teeth. Your dentist or hygienist will use a special tool or ultrasonic cleaner to remove these deposits.
Your Dentist Will Clean Your Teeth
During your cleaning appointment, the dentist or dental hygienist will clean your teeth. First, they will use a special dental tool called a scaler to scrape the plaque off your teeth. Then, they will polish your teeth with a special paste that removes stains. Your dentist may also use a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth against decay.
Your Teeth Will Be Polished
A dental hygienist will polish your teeth, removing surface stains and plaque. The polishing step is done before your dental hygienist does any other work, including removing plaque and tartar.
For the best dental services, contact Spera Dental at 5190 E. Farness Drive, Suite 102, Tucson, AZ 85712, or call (520) 323-3241.