When it’s time for your biannual teeth cleaning, get the best care at ProSmile Dental Care in Danville, CA. You might be on top of your daily brushing and flossing, but it’s still important to come in for regular exams. Your multi-step professional deep clean will differ from your home oral hygiene routine.
- Thorough Oral Exam
- Plaque & Tartar Removal
- Tooth Polishing
- Fluoride Treatment
Types Of Dentist Teeth Cleaning
The type of dental cleaning you need depends on the health of your teeth and gums. After talking to you about any current concerns, we will perform a thorough oral exam to determine the level of care you will need as we clean your teeth.
- Prophylaxis Dental Cleaning (preventive teeth cleaning) – removes tartar and plaque from the front, back, and sides of teeth.
- Deep Cleaning (scaling and root cleaning) – includes prophylaxis and cleaning any pockets below the gum line. It’s used to treat gingivitis or gum disease and usually takes more than one visit.
- Periodontal Maintenance – resembles deep cleaning, but it’s performed several times a year to treat advanced gum disease.
- Gross Debridement – treats excessive plaque and tartar build-up.
1. Oral Examinations
We use a dental mirror to spot tartar and plaque and any dental issues during your oral examination. This helps us determine where we might need to spend more time. If your hygienist spots cavities along the gums, they call in the dentist for a more thorough exam and to discuss next steps.
2. Removing Plaque & Tartar
Using a scalar, an instrument with a small hook, the hygienist removes stuck-on plaque and tartar that your toothbrush and floss have been missing. We may also use ultrasonic pressure, a combination of water and vibrations, to loosen the plaque.
3. Tooth Polishing
Using gritty toothpaste and a rubber applicator, the hygienist polishes your teeth to remove any remaining tartar and give them that slick shine. You may feel a gentle grinding during the polishing stage, which is similar to brushing your teeth at home.
The hygienist professionally flosses your teeth to remove any remaining debris between them and just below the gums. At this point, we may provide at-home tips for better oral hygiene.
5. Fluoride Treatment
Children may also receive a fluoride treatment. Fluoride helps rebuild enamel and prevents cavities from forming on little teeth. After a final rinse, the appointment concludes, and it’s time to check out.
Schedule Your Danville Dental Cleaning
It’s important to receive professional teeth cleaning twice a year to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Contact ProSmile Dental Care in Danville, CA, to book an appointment today.