Dental Cleanings Cedar Park, TXBrushing and flossing are important parts of your daily dental health regime. Even following through with these two important parts of oral health, there are certain substances in your mouth that require a professional cleaning to be totally removed. Professional cleanings are performed by your dentist or licensed hygienist. With the use of extensive training and proper tools, your Advanced Family Dentistry & Braces hygienist will remove:
|•||Any bacteria left in the mouth. Bacteria left behind forms plaque which sticks to the teeth. This built-up plaque can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease.|
|•||Plaque that is building up on the surfaces of your teeth. Brushing does a great job removing most food from your teeth, but even the best brusher isn't going to get everything.|
|•||Tartar, which is also called calculus. When plaque becomes hardened on the teeth, it is called tartar. Brushing with a regular brush will not remove tartar. Flossing will not remove tartar. Special instruments and procedures are needed to remove this damaging substance.|
|•||Tartar that accumulates underneath the gum line. When tartar has been left on your teeth, it begins to build up. Tartar will get caught in the pockets around the tooth and under the gum line. When this happens, gum disease has already started in your mouth. A deep professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar that is beneath the gums.|
|•||Stains on the surface of your teeth. Having a clean, white smile is one benefit of a professional cleaning. Your hygienist will polish your teeth to erase surface stains caused by various foods and drink, leaving you with a more dazzling smile than you came in with.|
Different Types Of Professional CleaningsAs your dentist assesses your overall oral health, he or she will determine which type of cleaning is appropriate for you.
PROPHYLAXIS (prophy)This cleaning is what is commonly known as getting your "teeth cleaned". This cleaning will remove any build-up that can't be removed by normal brushing. Your teeth will also be flossed and polished.
MOUTH DEBRIDEMENTIf your teeth haven't been professionally cleaned in a while, there can be a heavy build-up of tartar. This tartar is difficult to remove. Your teeth may need to have a micro-ultrasonic scaler used to remove this stubborn calculus.
PERIODONTAL MAINTENANCEIf periodontal disease is present, your dentist may recommend a deep scaling rather than a normal cleaning. This procedure is a more involved process of removing tartar and plaque below the gum line which causes gum disease
At Advanced Family Dentistry & Braces our dentists review your dental history. Our dentists will thoroughly examine you and consult with you for any treatment you may need for existing issues or any potential issues.