THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO TEETH CLEANING
Routine brushing and flossing are an important part of oral health. In addition to your daily routine, a regular visit to Willow Pass Dental Care in Concord, CA is an important part of caring for your mouth and keeping your teeth at their best. Our professional staff of dentists and hygienists provide you and your family with the care you and your teeth deserve. While the typical dental hygiene routine generally involves a brush and floss, a professional cleaning by a dentist is considerably more involved.
How We Clean Teeth at Willow Pass Dental Care
Willow Pass Dental Care is regarded as one of the leading dentists in Concord, CA. Dental cleaning at Willow Pass Dental Care is performed by specially-trained hygienists who work under the supervision of Dr. Reza Khazaie, who himself is a highly regarded and well-known Prosthodontist as well as owner of Willow Pass Dental Care.
While Dr. Khazaie will not be performing your dental cleaning directly, he along with other dentists on the team will be a part of your examination to ensure that your dental care and health is in good standing. If any abnormalities or cause for concern is discovered during the cleaning process, the hygienist will notify Dr. Khazaie or other dentists on the team for an additional review and official diagnosis.
About Our Teeth Cleaning Guide
The content in this teeth cleaning guide is not available anywhere else on the Internet. The content is written and produced by Dr. Reza Khazaie, DDS, founder of Willow Pass Dental Care, the #1 rated dentist in Concord, California
Dr. Reza Khazaie is a nationally known prosthodontist who is regarded as the smile expert. Dr. Khazaie is an expert on the specialized treatment of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing teeth and jaw structures. He is a highly trained specialist in dental crowns, dental cosmetics, dental implants such as the All-On-4® treatment concept, bridges, dentures, implant-supported dentures, porcelain veneers, Ectodermal Dysplasia, TMJ/TMD, and many more dental procedures.
So if you're looking to learn as much as you can about teeth cleaning, you've come to the right place.
What You Should Know About Teeth Cleaning
What Happens During A Professional Teeth Cleaning? (Step-By-Step)
Every dentist will tell you that the three most crucial elements of a strong oral hygiene routine are as follows:
Teeth cleanings go beyond the oral hygiene routines most people practice at home. Many forms of dental plaque, such as tartar and hardened calculus can’t be removed without a dentist who has the latest technology and dental tools at his or her disposal.
Furthermore, professional teeth cleaning does much more than give your teeth shine.
The teeth cleaning process gives the dentist and dental hygienist, an opportunity to examine your teeth and gums and identify any current or potential oral issues.
Teeth cleanings essentially provide you with the opportunity to take care of any needed maintenance and check for any oral diseases before they cause substantial harm or irreparable damage to your teeth and gums.
7 Steps of a Professional Dental Cleaning Procedure
A dental cleaning consists of seven distinct steps: a physical oral examination, diagnostic imaging, dental plaque removal, dental polish, flossing, fluoride varnish, and a post-procedural debrief. Let’s explore each step in more depth.
What is Dental Plaque and Calculus?
Dental plaque is the film of bacteria, sometimes called a biofilm, that lives on your teeth. While nearly impossible to completely eliminate, bacteria can be controlled to minimize potential damage, decay, and discoloration. While routine brushing and flossing are often enough to control dental plaque on a daily basis, it is not a comprehensive solution. After all, sometimes as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits, forgetfulness, or a bad technique, you will miss a spot from time to time.
When plaque isn’t efficiently or adequately removed on a regular basis through meticulous care, tartar or dental calculus can form. Tartar, unlike dental plaque, isn’t quite so easily scrubbed away. Tartar is a plaque that has been hardened as a result of chemical processes in the mouth. Ironically, this process kills plaque-forming bacteria, leaving behind a rough and hardened surface that forms an ideal breeding ground for more plaque to build. Also unlike dental plaque, tartar can often only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.
Dentists and hygienists employ what is known as a scalar to deal with hardened plaque, tartar, and calculus. This handheld tool, which looks like a pen with metal hooks on one or both ends, is used to scrape tartar off of a patient’s teeth. Hygienists diligently scrape each tooth of any visible tartar leaving the teeth free of any damaging substances.
While many people claim to floss at home, most people simply aren’t flossing correctly or aren’t flossing nearly enough.
Studies show that only 4 of 10 Americans floss daily.
Twenty percent of Americans never bother flossing at all. Who can blame them? It can be difficult to hit all the nooks and crannies at just the right angles when you are flossing your own teeth. However, in the hands of a trained professional, a simple piece of floss is transformed into a powerful cleaning implement. The hygienist at Willow Pass Dental Care who is in charge of your cleaning will ensure that every one of your teeth receives a thorough, expert flossing.
For some with extreme neglect the process can be slightly irritating to your mouth, but overall it is an excellent indicator of the health of your gums and a good reminder to floss more often in the future to reduce the irritation to your gums in the dentist chair.
How Frequently Should You Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
There is some debate over the frequency which patients should have their teeth professionally cleaned. Generally speaking, the more cleanings, the better. However, many dental professionals recommend a minimum of one or two professional dental cleanings a year to reap the most preventative benefits.
However, as with many medical conditions, some mouths simply need to be professionally cleaned more frequently than others as a result of a variety of factors such as genetics, diet, and age. Patients who are older, have a sweet tooth, bad oral hygiene practices, a genetic predisposition towards weak saliva production, or a smoking habit, will benefit from more frequent and regular dental cleanings.
Do you need teeth cleaning? Schedule an appointment today with one of our trained hygienists by calling Willow Pass Dental Care in Concord, CA at 925-326-6114 or by clicking on the Schedule An Appointment button below.