Dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque, tartar, and calculus around the teeth. Despite of good oral hygiene, there are some areas in our mouth that toothbrush bristles can’t possibly reach and clean and this makes dental cleaning necessary, preferably every six months.

Importance of Dental Cleaning

The purpose of dental cleaning is basically to remove the deep seated plaque and calculus that is impossible to remove by just merely brushing and flossing. It is very advisable to have a dental cleaning in a regular basis in order to prevent dental problems in the future for plaque deposits and deep seated calculus may lead to unwanted symptoms like bleeding and swollen gums. In addition, dental cleaning also makes your teeth smooth that makes harder for bacteria to accumulate on the teeth.

How are Dental Cleanings Done?

The dentist/dental hygienists have specialized instruments to remove the unwanted deposits lightly without damaging the teeth. Devices which may be used during your cleaning session are:

  • Ultrasonic instrument – This device is very vital for a dental cleaning because it has tickling vibrations that     effectively remove undesirable deposits on some areas of your teeth.
  • Fine hand tools – These tools are used to remove smaller deposits thus making the tooth surfaces smoother. They are specially used to remove smaller tartar deposits by scraping them off with a light amount of pressure.
  • Polishing – After cleaning the teeth, the dental hygienist might polish the teeth through the application of prophylaxis paste (a special gritty toothpaste-like substance) that makes teeth shiny and smooth.

At the end of your cleaning session the dentist may also request the hygienist to apply fluoride which plays an important role of strengthening the teeth.