At the dentist, having your teeth cleaned is an important part of maintaining good oral health. The process of getting your teeth cleaned by a professional is called a “dental cleaning” or “prophylaxis.” Dental cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth and polishing them so they are smooth.
How Dentists Clean Teeth
When it comes to keeping your teeth clean, your dentist is your best friend. While you may brush and floss at home, only professional cleaning can remove all the plaque and tartar that can lead to cavities and gum disease. Here’s a look at what you can expect during a typical tooth cleaning appointment.
First, your dentist will take a look at your mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue. This is to get a general idea of your dental health and to look for any problem areas. Next, they will use a small mirror to examine your teeth more closely.
Then, it’s time for the cleaning itself. Your dentist or hygienist will use a metal tool called a scaler to remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will also use a small brush to clean your teeth and gums.
After the scaler and brush, your dentist will use a special tool to floss between your teeth. This helps remove any plaque that’s hiding in those hard-to-reach places.
Finally, your dentist will polish your teeth. This helps remove any stains and gives your teeth a nice shine.
After your cleaning, your dentist will give you some tips on how to keep your teeth clean at home. They may also discuss any areas of concern, such as cavities or gum disease.
The Tools Dentists Use to Clean Patient’s Teeth
A dental cleaning is also called prophylaxis. It is a preventative measure to remove tartar, plaque and stains from teeth above the gumline. Prophylaxis is recommended every six months for good oral hygiene. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that everyone have a professional dental cleaning at least once a year.
There are many tools that dentists use to clean teeth. The most common tools are an ultrasonic scaler, hand scalers and a polishing brush.
An ultrasonic scaler is a power tool that uses ultrasonic waves to remove tartar, plaque and stains from teeth. The ultrasonic scaler has a small, metal tip that vibrates at a very high speed. The vibrations break up the tartar, plaque and stains so that they can be easily removed from the teeth.
The hand scalers are manual tools that are used to remove tartar, plaque and stains from teeth. The hand scalers have a small, metal tip that is used to scrape the tartar, plaque and stains off of the teeth.
The polishing brush is a power tool that is used to remove any remaining tartar, plaque or stains from teeth. The polishing brush has a small, round, bristled tip that spins at a very high speed. The spinning brush removes any remaining tartar, plaque or stains from teeth.
After the ultrasonic scaler, hand scalers and polishing brush are used to clean teeth, the dentist will floss and rinse the patient’s mouth with water. The flossing removes any remaining tartar, plaque or stains from teeth. The rinsing with water removes any remaining ultrasonic scaler, hand scaler or polishing brush debris from the patient’s mouth.
The dentist will then examine the patient’s mouth for any signs of tooth decay or other problems. The dentist will also give the patient a fluoride treatment to help prevent tooth decay.
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