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A routine dental checkup typically consists of two parts: a comprehensive exam and professional cleaning. Unfortunately, some people do not visit the dentist regularly, which puts them at a greater risk for dental diseases. Professional cleaning is one of the best ways to maintain or improve your oral health.
As a family dental office, we here at Aurora Dental Care perform cleanings on patients of all ages. From parents to children, we strive to serve the families in our community the best way we know how, by preventing dental problems. If you or a family member needs professional cleaning, you have come to the right place!
Plaque and Tartar
Professional cleaning is designed to remove plaque and tartar deposits from above and below the gumline. Plaque, the sticky biofilm that constantly forms on our teeth, contains harmful bacteria. This bacteria is responsible for the two most common oral health problems: tooth decay and gum disease.
When plaque is allowed to build up, it calcifies into tartar, which is much more difficult to remove. In many cases, tartar can only be removed during your professional cleaning. By eliminating plaque and tartar, we eliminate bacteria as well, which reduces your chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
The Cleaning Procedure
Our dental hygienist, who is specially trained to remove plaque and tartar, is usually the one that will perform your cleaning. These days, most cleanings involve the use of an advanced hand tool known as an ultrasonic scaler. Since the advent of this revolutionary tool, cleanings have become safer, more comfortable, and more effective.
During the procedure, the tip of the ultrasonic scaler vibrates at high frequencies, in combination with a water spray, to produce microscopic bubbles. These bubbles implode on the surfaces of your teeth. As they implode, they break up plaque and tartar deposits while bursting the cell walls of bacteria. Unlike traditional metal scalers, this allows us to thoroughly clean your teeth with minimal or no risk of damaging the enamel.
After your teeth have been properly cleaned, our hygienist will apply a varnish to the enamel. Polishing your teeth helps remove surface stains and restore the sheen of your smile. By the end of your appointment, you will leave or office with a brighter, healthier smile!
The Importance of Regular Cleanings
Professional cleaning is one of the most effective and vital ways to prevent oral health problems. Preventive dentistry can save your money on restorative procedures and minimize your time in the dental chair. It is always easier, safer, and more cost-effective to prevent dental problems rather than treat them.
While tooth decay and gum disease are the most common dental problems, they are also the most preventable. Regular cleanings can you, and your family maintains beautiful and healthy smiles! These appointments are also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions and voice concerns. Talk with Dr. Methven to learn more about the proper brushing and flossing techniques, preventive methods, and the status of your oral health!
Schedule Your Cleaning Today!
If it has been a while since your last appointment, you may need a professional cleaning! Call 907-376-8400 to schedule your cleaning today!