Have you ever seen a layer of a dull substance deposited on your teeth? It is dental plaque, which is a thin film formed over teeth. Although brushing and flossing help in the removal of plaque, in the absence of oral hygiene, the layer hardens to form tartar. Dental plaque is the leading cause of several dental issues, such as gum diseases, decay, and cavities. Fortunately, a visit to a dental professional can help you get rid of all the deposits. With a 30 to 60-minute teeth cleaning procedure, we can remove all the plaque and tartar accumulated on your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.
The Dental Cleaning Procedure
*Examination of the Oral Cavity
Before starting the cleaning procedure, we deeply examine your oral cavity for any signs of dental problems, such as dark spots on the teeth, inflamed gums, etc. We also check the grade of calculus and stains on your teeth to determine whether you require a manual scaler or an ultrasonic one.
After taking cognizance of your oral condition, we use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth’ surface. We also remove the build-up from between the teeth and near the gum line. Removing the build-up from the gum line is crucial for preventing gum diseases.
*Polishing, Flossing, and Rinsing
Once we remove the build-up from your teeth, we polish them and tackle stains with a rubber cup attached to an electric tool and gritty toothpaste. At this step, we also floss your teeth to remove any traces of plaque, tartar, or paste from your teeth. After completing the cleaning process, we give you a rinse containing fluoride. Rinsing the mouth with it helps you get rid of any debris lodged in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
The last step in the teeth cleaning procedure is a fluoride treatment. We ask you the flavor you prefer and select the fluoride gel accordingly. We place the gel in a mouthpiece that you must wear. We let the foamy gel sit on your teeth for about a minute. In some cases, we use fluoride varnish on teeth, which we paint over the teeth using a small brush.
How Often Do You Need Cleaning?
The frequency of dental cleaning depends on your oral needs. If you are vulnerable to dental issues and maintain poor oral hygiene, you might need cleaning more frequently. Generally, it would be best if you underwent teeth cleaning every six months.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Bakersfield, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Warren Barr. Please call us at (661) 834-9900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.