Dental cleanings are the first step in your dental checkup. They can help you prevent future dental problems like cavities and gum disease. Dental cleanings improve your smile and its shine and remove plaque and tartar deposits. Professional cleaning is typically recommended every six months. The dentist may also recommend cleanings more frequently if you have certain oral health conditions, like gum disease.
Dr. Engle is a native Arlington resident with over 30 years of experience in the dentistry field. He is experienced in providing preventive care to patients in a comfortable environment.
How to Remove Dental Plaque
You should rinse, brush, and floss regularly to remove plaque from your teeth. However, it's common for some plaque to remain, which is why dental cleanings are recommended. Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance that forms on teeth when bacteria, food, and saliva interact. Plaque is home to harmful oral bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. This is where professional dental cleaning comes to the rescue.
Techniques Used in Dental Cleanings
The dental hygienist will use a variety of tools during an oral cleaning. Scaling tools remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth. Before, scaling was performed using a hand-held device. However, thanks to advancements in dentistry, we now use ultrasonic scaling devices to perform this procedure. These instruments use vibrations to break up dental plaque and tartar. A jet of water is then used to wash away the removed microbial residues.
After the plaque and tartar are removed, the hygienist will polish your teeth. Polishing will get rid of leftover plaque and stains and remove the surface imperfections from the teeth and root surfaces. Dental cleanings do not cause any discomfort, and patients can return to their daily routines after the procedure.
Advantages of Dental Cleanings
- Dental cleanings can be completed in a single visit to our dental practice, making it quick, simple, and convenient.
- The removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth significantly reduces the risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
- Bad breath is usually caused due to tartar deposits. Removing them at regular intervals reduces bad breath.
- Once the dark tartar deposits are removed, the teeth look whiter, and your smile becomes more pleasing.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Arlington Family Dental Care, call (817) 274-8439 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 2621 Matlock Road, Suite 103, Arlington, TX 76015.