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Types of Dental Cleanings

It's a good idea to learn about the different types of dental cleanings so you and your dentist can communicate more effectively. It can also help you maintain good oral health. Our Delta dentists explain how each sort of dental cleaning procedure is performed. 

Different Types of Dental Cleanings

Twice a year, you should see your dentist for a teeth cleaning. These appointments can help you maintain your teeth and ensure no major oral health issues have occurred in your mouth.

That said, were you aware that your dentist might use a variety of cleaning techniques depending on your specific needs?

When you understand the many types of dental cleaning treatments, you'll be better able to grasp the terminology your dentist uses, in addition to what it takes to maintain your oral health and keep your smile bright. 

Prophylaxis Cleaning

A prophylaxis cleaning is a routine cleaning that is meant to remove a specified amount of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, between your teeth, and on your gums. It is most commonly performed on patients who have an overall healthy mouth and who practice good oral hygiene. Additionally, it will remove surface stains from your teeth.

This cleaning will most likely be performed at one of your regularly scheduled dental appointments. It is also usually performed by a dental hygienist, but your dentist has the skills and knowledge to perform a prophylaxis cleaning too if need be.

Gross Debridement

If you haven't seen a dentist in a long time, you're likely to have a significant amount of plaque buildup on and between your teeth, as well as on your gums and tongue. A thorough debridement, also known as a deep cleaning, is a procedure that eliminates plaque and tartar from all areas of your mouth.

Your dentist will inspect your mouth to determine whether or not you require a gross debridement cleaning procedure. If necessary, a thorough debridement is carried out prior to the administration of a normal prophylaxis.

Scaling and Root Planing

Patients suffering from gum disorders such as gingivitis or periodontitis are frequently recommended this more intrusive, non-surgical teeth cleaning method.

Your dentist will do a thorough cleaning of your gums, gum line, and any other tissues that support your teeth. It may take many dental sessions to finish the cleaning since they need to smooth out the surface of your tooth root as well as remove any plaque and tartar that has formed on it.

Periodontal Maintenance

Patients who suffer from common oral health concerns such as gingivitis or periodontitis will usually require periodontal care in order to keep these illnesses under control and prevent them from progressing.

These individuals often require many visits over a specific length of time or until all oral health concerns have been addressed in order for the dentist to thoroughly clean their whole mouth.

Is it time for a dental cleaning? Are you curious about what dental cleaning option is right for you? Contact our Delta offices for a consultation and to book your next appointment.

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