Teeth cleaning appointments are an essential part of maintaining optimal oral health at every age, removing bacteria and plaque so teeth and gums stay healthy. Gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss in adults in the U.S., and routine teeth cleaning appointments are essential for preventing disease and the tooth loss it causes. Plus, having teeth cleaned twice each year enables the dentist and hygienist to spot small issues so they can be treated before they develop into major problems, and it also provides an opportunity to discuss any concerns the patient may have about their oral health or their home care.
Teeth cleaning begins with a visual exam of the teeth and gums to look for any obvious signs of decay or other issues. Then, the teeth are cleaned using special tools and techniques to gently remove bacteria, plaque and hardened tartar from the tooth surfaces, including the spaces between teeth and the area along the gum line where gum disease-causing bacteria tend to hide. Special gentle abrasives are used to remove superficial stains so teeth look clean and bright. As the teeth are cleaned, the dentist or hygienist will be looking for areas where at-home brushing and flossing need to be improved, providing guidance to help patients improve their techniques so their teeth and gums can stay healthier between office visits. Once the cleaning is complete, the dentist will carefully examine the teeth and gums and perform an oral cancer screening.
Most patients report little to no discomfort during teeth cleaning. However, patients who are very anxious about visiting the dentist and those with gum disease or sensitive teeth can have their teeth and gums numbed prior to cleaning to make the process more comfortable. At Texas Dental, we understand the anxiety many patients face when visiting the dentist, and we also know many patients postpone teeth cleaning and other preventive care as a result, allowing small issues to turn into big problems. We work hard to provide options for all patients that can help them stay comfortable and relaxed through every procedure, including teeth cleaning.