How often should you have your teeth cleaned?
Growing up, we have all learned about the importance of dental hygiene. We know that we must take care of our teeth at home by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. However, few people appreciate the importance of getting their teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist.
Getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist ensures that your teeth and gums stay healthy and bacterial deposits are removed before they can cause damage. This article will help you understand why and how often you should have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional.
The standard teeth cleaning procedure
Teeth cleaning can typically take up to one hour, however the specifics of the procedure usually vary depending on the dentist you visit and if this is a routine dental cleaning or a deep cleaning. Most teeth cleaning procedures will include the following:
- Oral Examination
When you visit your dentist for your teeth cleaning appointment, they will begin by examining your gums and teeth. Using a small mirror, your dentist will check your mouth for existing problems such as inflammation, plaque buildup, cavities, stains, or infections.
This teeth and gum examination is very important because it allows your dentist to understand the extent of the dental cleaning you’ll require. This way your dentist can focus on your specific problems and if these problems require more attention, then your dentist can guide you further and recommend additional treatment.
After the examination, the dental professional scales your teeth using a tool called a scaler. The scaler removes plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, near the gum line, and from between the teeth. Your dental professional can either use a manual scaler or an ultrasonic scaler. The manual scaler manually scrapes the surface of the teeth, whereas the ultrasonic scaler vibrates at a very high frequency, disrupting the bacteria and biofilm, and removing stains.
Next it’s time for polishing. To polish your teeth, your dentist will use a tool with a rubber prophy cup attached at its end, and a special toothpaste called prophylaxis paste. This grainy paste polishes and exfoliates the teeth. After polishing, the teeth are flossed to ensure all debris is removed.
- Fluoride Treatment
The last step is the fluoride treatment. After so much abrasion, the surface of your teeth needs to be strengthened using a fluoride gel. Your dentist applies this gel onto your teeth and leaves it on for some time. This gel will usually come in some great flavors as well!
So how often should I get this procedure?
A good oral hygiene routine means following the recommendation of getting two dental examination and cleaning per year. However, if you have a history of gum disease or other dental issues, it’s highly suggested to come in at least twice or more per year for dental exam and cleaning.
So, is it time for your next teeth cleaning?
At Go Dental Clinic, your teeth and oral health is our primary concern. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis ensures that you live a happy, healthy lifestyle and remain cavity free. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of a cavity, such as a toothache or pain while eating, please Contact Us on +971 4 397 9522 at any time to book a Consultation with one of our Dentists or click here.