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Prophylaxis Cleaning: It is the type of cleaning that is performed for routine maintenance of oral health which includes removing plaques, and tartars on the teeth surface, gums and between the teeth. It is also the best cleaning method that most dental hygienists prefer for patients who visit the dentist regularly.
Scaling and root planing: It is one of the invasive teeth cleaning procedures that are performed by a most dental hygienist during teeth cleaning session. It is a non-surgical type of teeth cleaning which involves a deep cleaning of not only the gums but also the gumlines and the structures that support the teeth.
Periodontal maintenance: It is mostly provided to patients who are suffering from periodontitis or gingivitis. These cleaning methods include regular cleaning of the entire mouth until the gum disease is treated, which of course will require a few visits to the dental office.
Gross debridement: It is for patients who have much plaque that has built up on their gums, teeth, and also between the teeth. The deep cleaning that is performed during this process ensures that all the plaque and tartar has been removed.
People think that brushing their teeth at home using electric toothbrushes is enough, and this is why some people do not go for professional teeth cleaning. There are so many benefits, and you should make regular visits to your dental hygienist to avoid major dental problems and have a healthy smile.
Prevents cavities: To avoid cavity from forming, you have to go for regular teeth cleanings. After your appointment, the hygienist will give you specific instructions on how to thoroughly floss and brush your teeth to help you prevent cavities.
Prevents tooth loss: Without professional teeth cleaning most people, especially adults; lose their teeth as a result of gum disease. With time, the gum disease affects your teeth and the gum line thereby weakening your jaw bone.
Helps reducing bad breath: Having the best oral health will ensure you do not have bad breath. This is why you need to go for regular teeth cleaning to reduce the risk of bad breath from being produced from your mouth.
Improves your health: When you have poor oral health, your overall health will also be weak. With poor dental health, there are high chances of getting conditions such as heart diseases or diabetes.
Do teeth cleaning hurt?: Regular teeth cleaning should not cause you any pain. However, there can be complicating factors like inflammation in the gums, tooth decay and other symptoms of oral disease which can lead to increased sensitivity and some type of discomfort during the procedure.
Are teeth cleaning harmful to teeth?: Teeth cleaning has no harm to your teeth. The hygienist uses special instruments that have vibrating motions and water flushing when cleaning your teeth and hence they are designed not to damage your teeth.
Can teeth cleaning whitening teeth?: The answer is yes. When you go for your dental cleaning the yellowish tartar and also the plaque is always removed thereby giving slightly whiter teeth. We recommend professional teeth whitening if you are looking for a whiter result.
Should I have fluoride at my teeth cleaning?: Fluoride is a natural mineral that is used to make teeth healthy and also prevent teeth cavities. Fluoride functions by supporting the tooth enamel that is healthy, thereby fighting the bacteria that may affect the gums and teeth.
Dr. Somayeh Nourian is the principal dentist at Kiwi Dental focusing on restorative, cosmetic and dental surgeries. With over 14 years of experience as a family dentist, she has earned the trust of many families to take care of their oral health.
She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor of Biochemistry and earned her dental degree from the University of Toronto in 2006. She has a passion for dental surgeries including dental implants and gum grafts and is currently part of the Ontario Dental Implant Network.