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WHAT IS A DENTAL CLEANING?

A dental clean, also called dental prophylaxis, is a procedure that removes plaque build-up and hard calculus (tartar) that accumulates on teeth over a duration of time.

Proper oral hygiene is essential to upkeep good dental health throughout our lives. However, it is not just enough to follow appropriate oral hygiene routines, even if frequent and regular.

Upon brushing your teeth, you don’t always reach all areas of your mouth equally, therefore plaque or a biofilm builds up between the gum and the teeth, especially in the posterior (back) areas of the mouth. If there is also an added issue, such as malposition (crooked) of the teeth, it can be even more challenging to carry out thorough cleaning. This can also occur from inadequately or not flossing at all.

If it is not removed periodically by a dentist, it hardens and becomes what we call calculus, which is even more challenging to remove with just simple brushing your teeth. This build-up of calculus can cause other oral issues, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, or halitosis.

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS PROPHYLAXIS?

Dental prophylaxis consists of professional teeth cleaning, which cleans with techniques and instruments that are able to allow us to effectively remove calculus and bacterial plaque build-up in all areas around the teeth, this aimed at preventing diseases of the gums. It approximately does not ordinarily take more than 35-45 minutes for the clean, depending on the patient’s dental health condition.

In addition, a prophylaxis can also help remove any stains on the teeth, reduce inflammation of the gums and remineralize the enamel of the teeth when a high concentrated fluoride gel is applied.

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As a common rule, dental prophylaxis includes the following steps:

  1. A comprehensive examination of the patient’s oral and dental health is completed and diagnosis of the individual’s situation of the gums around each single tooth.
  2. Calculus that has adhered below the gum line, teeth, and interdental spaces are removed with our special instruments and water.
  3. A polishing of the surface of all teeth, to remove stains and dental plaque, is then performed to conclude the procedure.

Dental check-ups and cleans are an easy, inexpensive, and incredibly effective treatment in the prevention of dental diseases. If necessary or requested, we are also able to apply techniques and products to minimize teeth sensitivity.

WHY DO I HAVE TO DO CHECK UP AND CLEAN

WHY DO I HAVE TO DO CHECK UP AND CLEAN?

Although the name might mislead us, in reality, the main function of a dental check up and clean is to prevent oral diseases: this is why it is also called a dental prophylaxis sometimes. Along with removing stains and plaque build-up from teeth, dental cleans remove calculus that build-up on the neck of the teeth and/or along the gumline.

Calculus is colonies of bacteria that minerals have covered, so it has become hard and has strongly attached to the teeth. Calculus build-ups can form extremely easily and quickly, and once it has; it cannot vanish with simple daily brushing: it can only be removed by a clean of mouth from your dentist.

WHAT IS A DENTAL CLEANING PROCEDURE?

Dental cleaning of the mouth is completed with an ultrasound device that has a small fine tip which vibrates upon touching a hard object, in this case, the teeth or calculus. This vibration used detaches the hard calculus build-ups and eliminates any stains present, those caused by habits such as; tobacco, red wine, coffee, etc.

A pressurized air instrument also uses a bicarbonate to remove any stains and gets rid of those stain colours from the teeth.

To complete the procedure, a small brush or polishing cup is used with a paste to polish the teeth and help with any left over stains.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS IF I DON’T GET REGULAR DENTAL CHECK UP AND CLEAN?

Along with it being unsightly and a cause of cavities, calculus is also very bad for your dental health. Our immune system considers these bacteria to be a foreign object within the body and, as with any pathogen, the body attempts to fight this attack with inflammation and bleeding in the gums of the mouth. This can then result in gum diseases such as chronic gum inflammation (gingivitis) or periodontal disease.

Along with these gum diseases, calculus is accompanied with an increased risk of losing your teeth and other diseases that at first glance may not even seem related to your oral hygiene health, such as dementia, cardiovascular diseases, or complications of diabetes.

DOES DENTAL CLEANING WEAR MY TEETH? DO THEY HURT AFTER?

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Contrary to popular belief, if done correctly, a dental cleaning will not damage any of the enamel on your teeth. You can have as many dental cleanings as needed (always with the dentist’s direction) without grinding them: the ultrasonic small tips used are specifically created to not to abrase, scratch or damage a tooth’s surface.

A dental check-up and clean can definitely be annoying for a patient at times, especially if you suffer from sensitive teeth and gums. Sometimes it may cause the roots of your teeth to be more sensitive for a few days, however this does not mean there is any issues at all, this is completely normal.

If an unskilled or rushed dentist or hygienist completes your clean this can also increase some pain sensation, this is why you should always go to the best dental clinics to have your dental cleaning performed.

WHEN DO I NEED A DENTAL CLEANING?

Commonly, and as a basic, a yearly check-up must be completed, in which the need for a check-up and dental clean is generally prevalent.

Some patients may not need a dental clean as often, however it is essential to have a clean when there is an evident build-up of hard calculus, typically seen on the back part of the lower teeth.

Also, when we notice more frequent bleeding upon brushing or spontaneous bleeding on the gums. Therefore, some patients need a dental cleaning twice a year (6 monthly), while other patients can wait up to a year without one.

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WILL DENTAL CLEANING MAKE MY TEETH WHITER?

Unfortunately, the answer is a clear, no. Dental cleaning will leave your teeth cleaner; that is, it will remove any stains and/or calculus, which may make them seem whiter, however the intrinsic colour of the dentin (centre layer of the tooth) generates the tooth’s colour; therefore, with cleaning, it is impossible.

If you have concerns regarding your gum or dental health, please give us a call today to book an appointment and see how our dentists at Nundah Central Dental can improve your smile.

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