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Shiny Teeth in 3 Steps: A Guide to Your Dental Cleaning

February 21, 2018
Posted By: Thomas P. Riley, DMD
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Do you long for a bright, shiny, Hollywood smile? Professional teeth whitening can help, but the solution may be as simple as a routine cleaning with your dentist or hygienist

The purpose of dental cleanings is to remove deposits of plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth over time and check the health of your gums. Here are three steps that are involved in professional cleanings.

Cleaning Tooth Surfaces

Plaque is soft, sticky film that contains millions of bacteria that cause decay and gum disease if not removed with daily brushing and flossing. Working one tooth at a time, your hygienist will ensure that all plaque is removed thoroughly.

Without a proper oral hygiene routine and cleanings by your hygienist, plaque forms a hard, calcified substance called tartar, or calculus, that can’t be removed with brushing or flossing at home. Only a dental professional can remove the deposits using specialized instruments that won’t harm your teeth.

Checking Your Gum Health

But your routine professional cleanings don’t just address your teeth. Your gum health is equally important, if not more so, because your teeth require the support of healthy gums to stay in place. During your cleaning, the hygienist also checks your periodontal health and make recommendations as needed.

Polishing – The Final Step

Once your gum health has been checked and the surfaces of your teeth are clean, we will proceed to the final step – polishing your teeth. A slow-speed handpiece is filled with prophylaxis paste, which is a gritty solution similar to toothpaste. Patients usually enjoy this part of the procedure because it leaves them with a bright smile that looks and feels shiny clean.

Please Call Azalea Dental to Schedule Your Cleaning!

We provide expert professional cleanings at our Summerville dental office that will leave you with a fresh, clean, confident smile. Please call us to schedule your next appointment! 

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