Gentle, Effective Teeth Cleaning in Mount Prospect, IL
The importance of professional teeth cleaning can’t be underestimated. A professional cleaning, often called dental prophylaxis, is a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums done at your dentist’s office. Dental cleaning helps stop the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease, the two most common oral health problems.
What is Professional Teeth Cleaning?
A regular dental treatment removes plaque and tartar, helping prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other potential health problems. Professional tooth cleaning is performed by Dr. Yajima or one of the dental hygienists at our office using a variety of dental instruments specially designed to clean the teeth and gums effectively. There are three steps to the process: tooth scaling, debridement, and polishing.
An ultrasonic cleaner loosens and removes plaque and tartar, followed by gentle scraping to remove any stubborn plaque on your teeth. A rotary toothbrush cleans and polishes the teeth using a toothpaste designed for deep cleaning. The next step is flossing to remove any missed debris and prevent bacteria from lingering between the teeth. The final step is usually a fluoride treatment, which strengthens the enamel.
We check for any indications of oral health issues, cavities, or injuries throughout the cleaning process so they are caught early and treated promptly. If we discover an issue, we will schedule you for a dentist appointment as soon as possible to take care of the problem and restore your dental health.
When Was Your Last Teeth Cleaning?
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Benefits of Regular Professional Teeth Cleaning
There are many benefits to having your teeth cleaned professionally, including:
- Removes stains so you’ll have a brighter smile
- Prevents gum disease that leads to tooth loss
- Eliminates bad breath caused by trapped food particles and dental disease
- Your dentist screens for oral cancer, which is highly treatable if caught early
- Early detection of cavities, cracks, or other damage
- Minimizes the risk of heart attack or stroke
- Most dental insurance providers cover professional dental cleaning twice a year
Maintaining Proper Oral Hygiene at Home
While a dental appointment for a professional teeth cleaning is an excellent step toward better oral health, at-home care is also crucial. Our tips for proper oral hygiene minimize the build-up of tartar and plaque and help prevent dental disease:
- Brush your teeth and tongue using a soft-bristle toothbrush at least twice a day
- Floss and rinse with mouthwash daily
- Choose a fluoride toothpaste accepted by the American Dental Association
- Replace your toothbrush every three months
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid acidic and sugary foods
Teeth Cleaning FAQ
How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?
We recommend every six months if you have healthy teeth and gums. Every three months is a good idea if you suffer from periodontal disease. It’s easy to make a dentist appointment with us any time for a dental cleaning.
How much does teeth cleaning cost?
If you have dental insurance, it will most likely cover you for two cleanings each year. This is one way to reduce the need for expensive treatments down the road. We take American Express, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and Care Credit if you don’t have dental insurance. Please call our office to get a quote for professional teeth cleaning.
Will Professional Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
Dental cleaning isn’t painful if your teeth are in relatively good health, although you may feel some slight pressure when the dentist scrapes and polishes the teeth. If there is an excessive build-up of plaque or tartar, we may have to scrub harder or use dental instruments to clean along the gumline. This may cause a bit of tenderness, but it should be mild and subside within a day.
The sensitivity you feel depends on how well you care for your teeth in-between visits. If you brush and floss properly every day, a dental cleaning at our office will not be uncomfortable, and you will leave with teeth that look and feel smooth and polished.
Can I eat after professional teeth cleaning?
Yes, you can eat and drink after having your teeth cleaned, although you should wait about 30 minutes if you have had a fluoride treatment. This gives the fluoride time to be fully absorbed by your teeth. If your teeth are sensitive after cleaning, avoid highly acidic, crunchy, and hard foods that could irritate the teeth and gums until the next day.
Protect Your Oral Health With A Teeth Cleaning
Contact Smile Solutions Dental Center to schedule a dental appointment that includes a gentle, professional cleaning.