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Types of Dental Cleanings

Understanding the different types of dental cleanings can help you to communicate more effectively with your dentist or hygienist, and help you to maintain a healthy smile. Today our Moose Jaw dentists explain how each sort of dental cleaning procedure is carried out.

Different Types of Dental Cleanings

About every 6 months you should visit your dentist for teeth cleanings to help maintain your teeth and to make sure that no major oral health concerns have arisen.

But did you know that the type of teeth cleaning that your dentist performs can vary based on the unique needs of your smile?

Today we look at the different techniques used to perform professional cleanings to help you better comprehend the terminology your dentist and hygienist use and to give you a better understanding of how these techniques help to keep your smile healthy and 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 prophylaxis cleaning too if need be.

Gross Debridement

If it's been a long time since your last cleaning - or if you've never had your teeth professionally cleaned - 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 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 normal prophylaxis.

Scaling and Root Planing

Patients suffering from gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis can often benefit from this more intrusive, non-surgical teeth cleaning method.

Your dentist or hygienist will do a thorough cleaning of your gums, gum line, and any other tissues that support your teeth. In some cases, it can take a number of sessions to complete the cleaning process since your dental professional will 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 your next dental cleaning? Are you wondering which dental cleaning option is right for your smile? Contact our Moose Jaw offices today to book your next appointment.

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