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Types of Dental Cleanings

Understanding the various types of dental cleanings will help you communicate with your dentist more effectively and maintain good oral health. Our dentists at our Sault Ste. Marie offices explain how to perform each type of dental cleaning procedure.

Different Types of Dental Cleanings

Two times a year, you should visit your dentist for teeth cleaning in order to help maintain your teeth and to make sure that no major oral health concerns have arisen in your mouth.

But did you know that your dentist may employ a variety of cleaning techniques depending on your specific needs?

You'll be better able to understand the terminology your dentist uses as well as what it takes to maintain your oral health and keep your smile bright if you understand the various types of dental cleaning treatments.

Prophylaxis Cleaning

A prophylaxis cleaning removes a specific amount of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, between your teeth, and on your gums. Patients with a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene are the most likely candidates for this procedure. It also helps to remove surface stains on your teeth.

This cleaning will most likely be performed at one of your regularly scheduled dental appointments. It is also usually performed by a dental hygienist, but your dentist has the skills and knowledge to perform prophylaxis cleaning too if need be.

Gross Debridement

You're likely to have a significant amount of plaque buildup on and between your teeth, as well as on your gums and tongue if you haven't seen a dentist in a long time. A deep cleaning, also known as a thorough debridement, is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar from all areas of your mouth.

Your dentist will inspect your mouth to determine whether or not you require a gross debridement cleaning procedure. If necessary, a thorough debridement is carried out prior to the administration of normal prophylaxis.

Scaling and Root Planing

Patients suffering from gum disorders such as gingivitis or periodontitis are frequently recommended this more intrusive, non-surgical teeth cleaning method.

Your gums, gum line, and any other tissues that support your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned by your dentist. Because they need to smooth out the surface of your tooth root as well as remove any plaque and tartar that has formed on it, the cleaning may take several dental visits.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal care is usually required for patients who have common oral health concerns like gingivitis or periodontitis in order to keep these illnesses under control and prevent them from progressing.

These individuals often require many visits over a specific length of time or until all oral health concerns have been addressed in order for the dentist to thoroughly clean their whole mouth.

Is it time for a dental cleaning? Are you curious about what dental cleaning option is right for you? Contact our Sault Ste. Marie offices for a consultation and to book your next appointment.

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