Teeth Cleaning is a procedure carried out by a dental hygienist under the supervision of a dentist which aims at the removal of tartar and plaque that is accumulated on teeth. This treatment is literally to maintain oral health and prevent any diseases.
Over time, the food you consume gets accumulated on your teeth calcifying it into plaque and eventually tartar. The tartar is impossible to get rid of by yourself at home. Using specialized tools, the dental hygienist cleans your teeth after a careful examination. This process is also called prophylaxis.
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.
Dental tartar, also called dental calculus, 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.
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 your 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 dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: 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!
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
It is advisable to get the teeth cleaned every 6 months.
Maintain oral hygiene by regular brushing, flossing your teeth twice a day.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth at an angle for effective cleaning.
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%.
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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.