Dental cleaning is a preventative dental procedure performed to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. Full mouth dental cleanings are essential for preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

Then, teeth are polished and flossed. In some cases, teeth may be treated or polished with chemicals or sealants.

Why Should I get your teeth cleaned?

After you eat, food particles can get stuck on your teeth. The plaque that accumulates on your teeth can eventually turn into tartar, and that can affect the health of your gums.

How is a dental cleaning performed?

The dentist will perform an oral exam and check your teeth for any decay. X-rays may also be taken to ensure that there are no problems below the gum line.The dental hygienist will begin with the scraping of plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth. This process is referred to as scaling. The plaque and tartar on the gumlines are also removed which is referred to as root planing.The dentist also flosses the teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth. Next, they will use a special paste that is designed to polish. This helps remove superficial stains and discoloration from your teeth. The polish is not abrasive and will not harm your enamel.

After the cleaning, the dentist will provide instructions for maintaining good oral health at home.

Are dental cleanings painful?

Dental cleanings are pain-free. You may be able to feel vibrations from the ultrasonic scaler, but those vibrations are painless. Most people report feeling more pressure than pain during a dental cleaning.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Your dental hygienist will recommend you return for a cleaning every six months. However, some people with healthy teeth and gums can go longer between cleanings. For example, if you practice good oral hygiene, brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and keep up with your regular dental checkups, you may not have to come back for cleaning until one year has passed.Tanega Dental, located in South San Francisco, CA, is equipped with the best dentists and latest technologies. Call us at  (650) 794-0203 and schedule an appointment with the dentist. 

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