Professional dental cleanings are an integral component of preventing or reducing your risks of periodontal disease. Of course, not only will your cleanings help maintain your oral and dental health, they will also make your teeth feel good and keep your breath fresh.
Typically, during each of your cleanings our hygienist will perform the following procedures:
- Removal of Tartar
Calculus or tartar is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Tartar builds up on the exposed tooth surface, as well as below the gum line. It can only be removed by professional scaling and/or root planing.
- Removal of Plaque
Plaque is a sticky filmy substance that forms on the teeth. It is comprised of bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria contained in plaque releases a toxin, which can inflame the gums. This infection is called periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can advance further, resulting in continual and irreversible bone loss. This bone is required to keep your teeth in place and without it tooth loss would be inevitable.
- Teeth Polishing
For many of our kanata dentist patients, tooth polishing is the best part of the teeth cleaning process. It allows for the removal of stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth scaling. The end result is a smooth surface that feels squeaky clean, making it harder for new bacteria to adhere to it.