A professional teeth cleaning is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth throughout the day. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
A professional teeth cleaning typically involves the following steps:
- Your dentist or dental hygienist will use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth.
- They will use a dental scaler to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth.
- They may use an ultrasonic scaler, which uses sound waves to remove plaque and tartar.
- They may also use a polishing paste to smooth the surface of your teeth.
If you have any gum disease, your dentist or dental hygienist may also need to remove tartar from below your gum line. This is called a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing.
A professional teeth cleaning is a safe and painless procedure. However, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort for a few days after the cleaning.
Here are some things you can do to prepare for a professional teeth cleaning:
- Brush your teeth as usual the night before your appointment.
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least two hours before your appointment.
- Tell your dentist or dental hygienist if you have any pain or sensitivity in your teeth.
After your professional teeth cleaning, your dentist or dental hygienist will give you instructions on how to care for your teeth at home. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth clean and healthy between dental visits:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
- Floss your teeth once a day.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
- Limit your intake of sugary and starchy foods.
- Drink plenty of water.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your teeth clean and healthy for a lifetime.