Teeth Cleaning or dental cleaning is a 30 min to 1-hour long procedure which is carried out by a dental professional or a dental hygienist. Teeth cleaning, also known as dental cleaning or deep dental cleaning, should be done twice a year by a dental professional to maintain oral health and keep the teeth and gums clean and safe from the issues like calculus teeth, dental plaque, gum diseases, tooth decay etc.
For the most part, teeth cleaning or dental cleaning is painless. However, if you have any anxieties regarding the procedure, tools used, then it is better to be informed about the deep dental cleaning procedure and all its steps to be fully prepared and to have a stress-free experience.
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your teeth cleaning appointment at Fisher & Orfaly Dental will include the following steps:
Teeth Examination: Before starting the teeth cleaning procedure, the examination of teeth and gums is done. This examination helps the professional to check for and detect oral problems and treat them during the deep dental cleaning.
Plaque Removal: As a next step, plaque removal is done with the help of a plaque removal tool like a scale in a process called Scaling. Dental plaque is very common and constantly forms on the teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease! To prevent further damage, it is necessary to remove dental plaque regularly and maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
Treating Calculus Teeth: Calculus teeth, also known as dental calculus or tartar, are a hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Tartar forms above and below the gum line and causes discoloration and a crusty layer on the teeth that is very hard to remove. Professional help is necessary in such cases as calculus teeth can only be treated with special dental instruments. With the help of tools like scale, tartar can be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Teeth Polishing and Flossing: After the plaque removal and treating calculus teeth, the next step is a thorough cleaning, polishing of teeth, and flossing. With the help of gritty toothpaste and tools like an electric brush, teeth are thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed. In the process of teeth polishing and flossing, stains, dental plaque, tartar, and the remaining buildup of toothpaste are removed that are not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Fluoride Treatment: The thorough deep dental cleaning or teeth cleaning often ends with fluoride treatment. A sticky or foamy gel is applied on the teeth or a mouthguard with gel is to be worn for one minute in this procedure.
Fisher & Orfaly Dental offers a range of orthodontic treatments along with teeth cleaning services. You will feel the difference after the treatment. Your teeth will feel fresher and cleaner than before.
We all have grown up listening to the importance of brushing teeth twice a day! However, having a good oral routine, getting teeth cleaning or deep dental cleaning done twice a year is also very necessary and important to maintain good oral health. Because it not only means good oral hygiene but also that you’re preventing further damage and protecting your overall health.
If you are not getting teeth cleaning or deep dental cleaning done professionally, you might end up with the following issues:
A Buildup of Dental Plaque: Lack of brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleaning may lead to an increasing number of bacteria living in the mouth, resulting in the buildup of dental plaque and tooth decay. Dental plaque, a sticky and transparent film on the teeth, starts forming as soon as the food, drinks are being consumed; hence, if they are not cleaned properly, they keep feeding on the food particles present in the mouth which makes the buildup of plaque thicker. Dental plaque causes stains, discoloration, cavities, worn down enamel, bad breath, and if not treated may lead to tartar/ calculus teeth and gum problems.
Calculus Teeth: Calculus teeth, also known as tartar, is a yellow or brown-colored deposit on the surface of teeth starting from the gums. This tartar is the result of the calcification of plaque formed before. Incorrect brushing and flossing habits can lead to tartar deposits. Tartar is formed by bacteria. When different foods and liquids combine with your saliva, it causes a favorable environment for bacteria to thrive. Eating sugary foods assists in forming plaque which calcifies into tartar within no time. If not treated properly, calculus teeth lead to gum problems like gingivitis, periodontitis as well as permanent tooth decay.
Dental plaque is a transparent, sticky film on the teeth which is made up of bacteria. Dental plaque constantly forms on the teeth as a result of consuming food and drinks. Bacteria in the dental plaque are constantly feeding on the sugar and food particles in the mouth. These bacteria also secrete acids in your mouth that are harmful to your oral health and may lead to damaged tooth enamel, cavities, gingivitis etc.
Tartar or calculus teeth, on the other hand, are formed if the dental plaque is not regularly removed from the teeth. The heavy, dense layer of dental plaque slowly transforms into a brown, crusty deposit on the teeth as well as above and below the gum line which is very hard to remove at home. Calculus teeth, if not treated immediately, lead to serious gum issues such as receding gums, periodontitis, and worse, tooth decay.
The main difference between tartar vs plaque is that buildup of plaque is the primary stage and dental plaque can be easily removed with good oral hygiene, regular brushing, and floss; however, in the case of calculus teeth, there is no other treatment but to get tartar removed or scraped by a professional with the help of special, sharp tools.
While you can avoid the formation of tartar at home, it is advisable to brush and floss twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Also, regular visits to the dentist can help you keep your oral health in place. Professional teeth cleaning is done using specialized equipment and skills. Unlike at home, the dental hygienist uses a specific toothpaste and an appropriate force for cleaning your teeth and gums without damaging them. At home, there is a possibility that you end up with sore gums.
Professional teeth cleaning helps you get rid of dental problems like bad breath, dental plaque buildup, receding gums and stops the advancement of other such dental problems and diseases.
Professional teeth cleaning treats current infections, stops the progression of bacteria or any other diseases in the process, and promotes healing.
Professional teeth cleaning cleanses your mouth, teeth, gums, areas of the mouth that you cannot clean easily at home with professional equipment, toothpaste which results in a thorough cleaning of your mouth and good oral health.
Professional teeth cleaning should be done at least twice a year as professional teeth cleaning not only means a thorough cleaning of every part of your mouth, reducing infection and other dental issues but also protecting the roots of your teeth and your overall oral health.
It is advisable to get professional teeth cleaning done every 6 months/ twice a year.
Maintain oral hygiene by regularly brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once a day.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth at an angle, in round motions for effective cleaning. Also, make sure that you’re using toothpaste that contains fluoride as fluoride fights bacteria and provides protection against tooth decay.
Don’t forget to clean your tongue along with your teeth as your tongue is also a place where bacteria and dental plaque can build up which may end up in bad breath and other dental issues.
Most dental insurances cover at least two teeth cleaning visits per year. It is highly recommended that everyone visits their dentist once in six months.
Dental procedures at most companies are grouped into 3 parts: preventive, basic, and major. Teeth cleaning is usually categorized under preventive care. Depending on the plan you choose, the companies cover most of the preventive plans from 80-100%.
Coming to Dr Orfaly is The best decision I could have made. I didn’t have a dentist for years and they saw me when I had an emergency. Now I am getting all of my dental work here, perfect caps, bridges and hygiene. I highly recommend Dr Orfaly and his staff.
After having a negative experience with a filling with a past dentist, I was nervous to go to a new dentist with tooth pain. Dr. Orfaly and team were very understanding and knowledgable when walking me through my options for a cracked tooth. 10/10 would recommend due to their professionalism, attention to detail, and level of care. Thanks team!
Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.