Deep Dental Cleaning

Keeping a high level of dental hygiene is a certified way to avoid a large quantity of periodontal diseases as well keeping the appearance of your smile in tip top shape, preventing the staining or discoloration of your teeth. However, you must also keep in mind that the most important part of dental cleaning happens at home, since brushing and flossing are also a vital practice to keep your dental hygiene intact.

When your dentist cleans your teeth, they remove hard (stains, calculus or tartar) and soft (plaque) deposits from the enamel of your teeth. Plaque, which is the transparent layer of bacteria coating your teeth, needs to be removed because it is the main cause of cavities. You can help remove it by brushing at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste (active ingredient which prevents cavities) and flossing at least once. Brushing your teeth also stimulates the gums and helps to keep them healthy.

Tartar, a type of hard deposit, is a form of hardened plaque and much more damaging and difficult to remove. Dr. López recommends for you to use anti-tartar toothpastes and mouthwashes; also, it is advised for you to carefully brush the teeth near the salivary glands (outside the upper back teeth and inside the lower front teeth) since this can help diminish the development of tartar.

A dental cleaning procedure basically follows three simple steps:

1. Scaling

The removing of tartar and plaque from the surface of your teeth while using specialized tools, such as electric scalers, to make sure that all deposits are eliminated. Dr. Lopez’s advanced equipment allows him to perform this cleaning in short periods of time, achieving the amazing results.

2. Root planning

The cleaning of perio-pockets to stop or prevent any gum problems or diseases. When gums become inflamed, it makes it easier for plaque to accumulate since the gum pockets become deeper. The accumulation of plaque irritates the gums, worsening their condition. To stop further inflammation, the perio-pockets need to be cleaned thoroughly using handle scalers, which are inserted below the gum pockets to eliminate the plaque buildup.

3. Polish

The rubbing your teeth’s surface to give it a final touch, improving their appearance. Dr. Lopez offers two types of polishing techniques: the prophy jet (sprays high pressured water mixed with baking soda paste over the surface of your teeth) and the rubber cup (a low-speed hand piece with a rubber cup mounted on the top containing polishing paste). Both these procedures can eliminate stains efficiently.

How long it will take to complete your dental cleaning depends on the extent of your plaque deposits and the complications of any dental restorations which may need to be performed. Remember that patients with more plaque and tartar require longer appointments than those who have relatively cleaner teeth. All in all, an average dental cleaning session can last from 25 to 20 minutes.

Dr. Lopez recommends for you to make appointments for dental cleaning once every six months, even though this time period can vary from person to person, since some patients have a tendency to accumulate tartar rapidly. When you pay him a visit, Dr. Lopez will asses your particular case.

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