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Types of Dental Cleanings

By learning about the different types of dental cleanings, you'll be able to communicate more effectively with your dentist and maintain great oral health. Dentists at our Swift Current offices share how each type of dental cleaning procedure is carried out. 

Different Types of Dental Cleanings

Twice a year, you should see your dentist for a teeth cleaning, which will help maintain your teeth and give your dental team the opportunity to confirm that nno other major oral health issues have developed in your mouth. 

That said, did you know that your dentist may use numerous cleaning techniques depending on your specific needs?

When you comprehend the many kinds of dental cleaning treatments, you'll be better able to use the terminology your dentist is using, in addition to understanding what it takes to maintain your oral health and keep your smile bright.

Prophylaxis Cleaning

This routine cleaning is intended to remove a specified amount of plaque and tartar from your tooth surfaces, between your teeth and on your gums. It's most often performed on patients who have a generally healthy mouth and who practice good oral hygiene. It will also remove surface stains from your teeth. 

A prophylaxis cleaning will likely be performed during one of your regularly scheduled dental appointments. It's also typically performed by a dental hygienist, but your dentist will also have the knowledge and skills to perform a prophylaxis cleaning if required. 

Gross Debridement

If you haven't seen a dentist in a long time, 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 a 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 a normal prophylaxis.

Scaling and Root Planing

Patients suffering from gum disorders such as gingivitis or periodontitis are frequently recommended this more intrusive, non-surgical teeth cleaning method.

Your dentist will do a thorough cleaning of your gums, gum line, and any other tissues that support your teeth. It may take many dental sessions to finish the cleaning since they 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 a dental cleaning? Are you curious about what dental cleaning option is right for you? Contact our Swift Current offices for a consultation and to book your next appointment.

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