Remove plaque with a thorough teeth cleaning
Regular teeth cleanings in Norwalk will put you on the path to enjoying a healthy smile for years to come. At Alondra Dental Care, we’re excited to maximize your health by providing six-month cleanings where we’ll remove hardened plaque from your teeth to keep them clean and healthy. This is essential for your long-term oral health as well as your overall well-being. We’re excited to make your experience as enjoyable as possible, so schedule an appointment today!
A dental prophylaxis is a teeth and gum cleaning. Dentists perform teeth cleaning procedures to stop the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease, as this keeps the oral cavity in proper health and halts the progression of gum disease.
During a standard teeth cleaning at our Norwalk office, your dental hygienist will use special tools to get rid of stains and plaque, the sticky bacteria film that regularly forms on your teeth. They will also use these tools to eliminate tartar, or calcified plaque, from your teeth’s surface and above your gum. During your appointment, you can expect the dentist to additionally examine your teeth and take X-rays of your teeth to diagnose any oral health problems you may not know about. This entire process will likely take around 30-60 minutes.
A regular teeth cleaning by a dentist is the basic preventative procedure you receive two times per year. This type of teeth cleaning is sufficient when your mouth’s bacteria haven’t reached too deep below your gum line. Meanwhile, a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a type of procedure you need if your mouth’s bacteria pockets are deeper than 4mm to 5mm. With this type of cleaning, the dentist will reach beneath the gum line to remove the tartar accumulation there.
Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria, and deposits from gum pockets. To perform a teeth cleaning, a dentist or hygienist uses specialized equipment to catch potentially damaging buildup.
A healthier-looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
We recommend that patients receive prophylaxis twice annually as a preventative measure, but a deep cleaning should happen every 3-4 months for patients with periodontitis. While gum disease cannot be completely reversed, a dental prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Abad can use to effectively halt its progression.
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A routine teeth cleaning by a dentist should be scheduled twice a year for preventative measures, but those who suffer from periodontitis should schedule an appointment every 3-4 months.
A thorough teeth cleaning in Norwalk consists of inspecting your mouth for gum disease, inflammation, pocketing, tartar, and stains. We will also clean, polish, floss your teeth, examine your X-rays, and discuss any additional treatments that you may need.
Routine cleanings are usually included in the preventative dental checkups covered by your dental insurance. Depending on your insurance coverage, X-rays and fluoride treatments may have an out-of-pocket copay.