A dental cleaning is a procedure performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and prevent future buildup. At Kik Dental, the process usually includes polishing the teeth with a paste that scrapes away any stains that have built up on their surface. This removes signs of discoloration that can make the teeth look yellow and dull, leaving your smile bright and shiny.
Some patients may also require additional treatments like scaling and root planing to reduce the buildup of bacteria under the gum line. Scaling removes plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth roots, while root planing smooths the root surfaces to prevent future buildup. These treatments are especially beneficial for patients with gum disease.
The Dental Cleaning Procedure
Our dentist or dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque that has built up on the teeth and around your gums. Your teeth and gums may be sensitive during cleaning if you have gingivitis or gum disease.
To prevent discomfort, the hygienist may apply a numbing agent to your gums before beginning the procedure. Once your teeth and gums are numb, the hygienist will use a unique tool to remove any plaque, tartar, and other debris from between teeth and along the surface of teeth. Then, they will polish your teeth with a gritty paste to smooth their surfaces and remove stains. Afterward, you will discuss how to improve your at-home regular oral hygiene routine.
The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings are recommended every six months, but our dentist may recommend more frequent appointments if you have gum disease or teeth that are difficult to clean. Our dentist may also recommend more frequent cleanings if you are prone to cavities or have other oral health problems.
During your regular visit, we will clean your teeth by removing plaque and tartar buildup from areas your toothbrush cannot reach. We will also polish your teeth to make them smoother and easier to clean and remove stains that discolor your smile. We will also take the time to review your oral health and look for any potential problems that could turn into more significant issues.
Cleanings are necessary to keep your mouth healthy and prevent issues like gum disease. Untreated gum disease has been linked to several major health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. Professional dental cleanings are essential preventive care for your teeth and gums.
Dental cleanings can help prevent dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease and leave your smile looking and feeling great. For the best dental care, visit Kik Dental at 403 S 11th St Suite 200, Boise, Idaho 83702, or call (208) 342-3440 to schedule your appointment.