There are various types of cleanings that are appropriate for different patients. Insurance companies cover certain types of cleanings however, this may not always be what is most appropriate for you and your mouth.
This is done with a rubber cup and something that feels like toothpaste; this is appropriate for a pediatric cleaning.
This is the cleaning done with the supersonic pick and that sprays lots of water. Adults should have a cavitron cleaning done at least twice a year. Some patients that struggle with oral hygiene, are recovering from more advanced periodontal disease, or patients who simply build up tartar quickly should have cleanings done every 3-4 months.
What is tartar? Tartar, plaque, calculus… all the same thing. Bacteria! Bacteria that has hardened on your teeth. You can often see it on your teeth in the mirror. Usually there is much more than you can see for yourself in the mirror. This sneaky bacteria is commonly found either beneath your gums or in other non-visible places (especially on the back of your bottom front teeth where a salivary gland ejects). Do not let this build up! Plaque buildup leads to inflamed gums and eventually bone loss. Bone loss leads to tooth loss, sometimes many teeth! Yikes!
For those patients who do have a lot of calculus build up under their gums, a deep cleaning will be recommended. Patients need to be “numb” for this as the removal of plaque from beneath the gums would otherwise be painful.
Woof, okay that’s enough for 1 day. A lot to swallow, right? Checkups and cleanings are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth, even dentists need to get them every 6 months! If you stay on top of this it’s very unlikely that you’ll run into the issues of my upcoming posts, but nevertheless we will see you next week!
Keep smiling 🙂
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