Professional teeth cleaning helps to remove plaque and tartar to maintain optimal oral health in the long-term.

A professional teeth cleaning is one of the most common procedures performed in a dental office. The process is an important part of any good dental hygiene routine, and should ideally be performed every six months along with a routine dental check-up. But what exactly can you expect from the process? Read on to find out more about a teeth cleaning, what it involves, and why it’s so important to schedule yours on a regular basis.

1. A dental examination

In most cases, your dentist will begin by performing a thorough dental examination in which they will have a look at your teeth, gums, tongue and mouth. They will check for any potential issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay. If any oral health problems are identified, your dentist will let you know what the best course of action is and formulate a treatment plan best suited to your needs. Your treatments may be scheduled for another appointment in the future.

2. Scale and clean

After your dental examination, your dentist or dental hygienist will begin the cleaning process. They will use a dental tool known as a scaler to remove any plaque and/or tartar that has accumulated on your teeth and along your gum line. This part of the process is particularly important because when plaque hardens into tartar it cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone, and the only way to get rid of these deposits is to see your dentist.

Once the plaque and tartar have been removed in the scaling process, your dentist or hygienist will clean and polish your teeth with a special gritty toothpaste and an electric brush. This helps to get rid of any remaining tartar, and will ensure that all the surfaces of your teeth are thoroughly cleaned.

When your teeth have been scaled, cleaned and polished, you will be asked to rinse your mouth. This will help to get rid of any debris and leftover particles and leave your mouth feeling fresh.

3. Fluoride treatment

Your dentist may recommend that you have a fluoride treatment after your check-up and clean. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel and protect the teeth from decay.

If you choose to go ahead with a fluoride treatment, your dentist or hygienist will apply a fluoride gel or varnish to your teeth. The process is completely painless, and you will be able to eat and drink immediately after your treatment.

How can we help?

The team at Dental Artistry offers a range of general dentistry services, including dental hygiene treatments. When you come in for a general dental hygiene appointment, your dentist and hygienist will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and check for any signs of oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay or damaged fillings. They may also conduct a periodontal assessment in which the gums are mapped in order to determine if there any is any active gum disease or gum recession.

As part of your hygiene appointment, your dental hygienist will also perform a professional clean and polish to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar, as well as any superficial stains from your teeth. We encourage our patients to come in for a dental hygiene appointment every six months.

When it comes to our dental hygiene treatments, we use the latest technologies, including Mini Ultrasonic tips and EMS Airflow to ensure optimal comfort. Most patients do not report any discomfort, especially when they attend regular cleanings.

If you would like to find out more about our dental hygiene treatments at Dental Artistry in Auckland, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call on 09 524 4541 or get in touch with us here. We look forward to welcoming you to our comfortable practice in Aukland and helping to maintain your beautiful smile.