What are the different types of dental cleanings?

There are several kinds of dental cleanings, and it largely depends on the health of your gums and teeth. If both are relatively healthy, a general prophylaxis or cleaning should suffice. However, if there is more buildup, like plaque or calculus, on the teeth, additional cleaning, root planing, or periodontal treatments may be required.

What is the importance of dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are crucial for maintaining oral health. They prevent the build-up of bacteria and foreign objects, keeping them at manageable and healthy levels.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

The frequency of dental cleaning varies based on the health of your teeth and gums. Most people need them at least every six months, but those with more plaque or bacteria may need to get a cleaning more frequently.

Is dental cleaning painful?

The comfort level of a dental cleaning is largely dependent on how clean your teeth are when you come into the office. If you've been diligent about brushing and flossing at home, dental cleanings are usually comfortable. If you've been lax about dental hygiene, cleanings can be more uncomfortable.

How long should a typical dental cleaning take?

The duration of the cleanings is also dependent on the cleanliness of your teeth. If you've been diligent about dental hygiene, cleanings can be relatively quick, about 30 to 40 minutes. If more work is needed to clean your teeth, it might take up to an hour.

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

During a teeth cleaning appointment, your gums and teeth are checked for any severe problems and an oral cancer screening is often performed. The cleaning process involves the use of dental instruments to clean the plaque and calculus off your teeth. After that, the teeth are polished and flossed to remove any remaining plaque, calculus or even toothpaste.

Are dental hygienists able to remove all of the tartar during a dental cleaning?

Our goal is to remove all buildup during a dental cleaning. However, there can be limitations based on the sensitivity of the patient and the ability to sit still in the chair.

Can dental cleanings damage your teeth?

If dental cleanings are done correctly, they will not damage your teeth. Our teeth are exceptionally durable and strong, with the enamel - the surface above the gums - being the hardest substance in the human body.

How do I treat sensitive teeth after dental cleaning?

It's normal to feel some sensitivity after dental cleanings. To minimize this, we recommend using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste, a higher concentration fluoride toothpaste, or rinsing with mouthwash or warm salt water for a few days after the cleaning.

And how can I schedule a cleaning?

You can schedule a cleaning by calling our office at (916) 848-2145, emailing us at [email protected], or through our website www.crowndentistry.net. We're here to help with any additional questions or if you're ready to take action.