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The teeth cleaning process is simpler and faster than most people might imagine. While there are some unusual noises and even a little patient apprehension, at the end of the day teeth cleanings are painless, effective and very healthy. Most teeth cleaning sessions are started with a physical exam and done by a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist will use a small mirror to inspect gums and teeth for any signs of gingivitis or inflammation. Once this is done the hygienist will begin removing plaque and tartar from teeth.
Using a device known as a scaler the dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar all the way down to the gumline. Plaque and tartar are also routinely removed from between the teeth during a teeth-cleaning session. While you may hear a little bit of scraping, this is normal and part of the process. The greater amount of tartar that is in the patient’s mouth the more time will be needed to scrape away the debris. While brushing and flossing does reduce the chances of plaque buildup that eventually hardens into tartar, some amount will still build up over time. That is why routine regular dental cleanings are so important. The key to reducing plaque and tartar is to simply brush and floss often.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Another option as a way to reduce plaque and tartar is to consider using a different type of toothpaste. Gritty type toothpaste is more effective at cleaning the teeth and reducing tartar buildup. As a matter of fact a professional teeth cleaning will often involve the use of a unique type of toothpaste that is actually very similar to that used at home. The only difference is that it is gritty. Finally, part of the tooth cleaning process involves the dental hygienist actually doing a complete flossing of all teeth and rinsing. In some cases a fluoride treatment may also be applied. Contact your dentist in Elk Grove, Dr, My Huynh at Laguna Park Dentistry today for more information on the benefits of teeth cleaning.