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What is the process of a dental cleaning?

A cleaning usually begins with the hygienist using an ultrasonic cleaning tool that causes vibrations on the teeth to assist in loosening plaque. The cleaner also utilizes a stream of water that is sprayed over the teeth to help remove the loosened plaque. Once all the plaque and tartar have been removed from the gums and teeth, the next step is brushing and polishing. The hygienist will apply a special cleanser to a rotating instrument to gently scrub the surface of the teeth and also polish them. After the polishing is complete, the hygienist will floss in between the teeth and may apply a fluoride solution to help protect, fortify, and strengthen the enamel.

Benefits of Dental Cleaning

Prevent cavities

The plaque that builds up on your teeth is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be easily removed by brushing, flossing daily and with regular dental cleanings.

Stop tooth loss

Gum disease starts from built-up plaque on your teeth, which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease progresses, plaque moves further into on your teeth and gum line, where it can destroy the bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. 

Brighten your smile

Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave your teeth freshly polished.  This results in you having a whiter, brighter smile.

Boost your overall health 

Many studies have shown a correlation between your oral health and your overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for diseases like heart disease and diabetes. There are some medical conditions that can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.

Reduce bad breath 

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to keep persistent bad breath away. Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, getting a dental cleaning is a good way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.