How is a tooth cleaning performed?A dental hygienist will use a combination of different instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. One of the instruments used might be a hand-held scraping device, which can be effective at removing matter from between the teeth and near the gum line. An ultrasonic device might be needed to remove matter that has become especially hardened. Patients will be asked to rinse the mouth from time to time so that loosened plaque and tartar can then be suctioned out with a special hose.Once all the plaque has been removed with dental instruments, the teeth will be polished using a rotating brush and granular toothpaste. This helps to remove plaque that has adhered to the surface of the teeth, as scraping it away with sharp instruments could damage the enamel. After all the teeth have been polished, the hygienist will floss them thoroughly.
What are the benefits of having regular teeth cleaning?
- Prevents tooth decay
- Helps teeth maintain a bright white color
- Prevents gum disease
- Helps ensure dental problems are caught early