Brushing and flossing are routine habits that keep your teeth clean. However, they do not fully remove the accumulation of various substances like plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can cause teeth decay or stains. For optimal dental health, the dentist recommends you get regular teeth cleanings at least twice a year as well as maintaining daily oral hygiene care.
What Is Teeth Cleaning?
Teeth cleaning is performed in a dental office and involves cleaning your teeth thoroughly and focusing on removing plaque, tartar, and other deposits using dental-grade products.
During your teeth cleaning at Jonathan C. Wang DDS Inc. in Pleasanton, California, Dr. Wang also examines your overall dental health and recommends further treatments when needed.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
Before beginning the actual cleaning process, Dr. Wang starts with a physical examination of your mouth. Dr. Wang will carefully check areas like your teeth, gums, and cheeks for potential concerns.
Dr. Wang then uses dental instruments such as a scaler to remove plaque and tartar accumulations along your gums and between your teeth.
After using the scaler, Dr. Wang will polish your teeth with a high-powered polisher and dental paste. This it is an efficient way to remove any leftover stains. The gritty consistency of the dental paste also helps scrub your teeth thoroughly.
After polishing your teeth, Dr. Wang or his assistant will floss to remove any dental paste that still remain between your teeth from the cleaning process.
The last step of the procedure is administering fluoride to strengthen your tooth enamel.
What Are the Benefits of Regular Teeth Cleanings?
Teeth cleaning is not just a cosmetic dental procedure that enhances the appearance of your smile. The removal of plaque, tartar, and other substances during a professional cleaning prevents cavities and gum diseases, and it is also an effective method to prevent bad breath and improve overall dental health.
The procedure is quick and minimally invasive and can be performed in only one dental visit.