The entire experience was great. The dental assistant or hygienist was very thorough and the dentist was just great. So much better than expected!!
maleeah akira
maleeah akira
Todo el personal fue muy amable. Pero no me gusto porque no me hicieron limpieza de mis dientes en la primera cita sólo radiografía. Lo ciento por mi comentario
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Teeth cleaning

Prophylaxis, commonly known as teeth cleaning, is a preventive dental treatment aimed at removing tartar, the mineralized plaque that may persist despite consistent brushing and flossing efforts. Administered by a dental hygienist, this professional cleaning comprises tooth scaling, polishing, and, in cases of extensive tartar, debridement. The procedure utilizes various instruments or devices to effectively loosen and eliminate deposits from the teeth.

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1. What is Teeth Cleaning?

Prophylaxis cleaning, scaling and root planing, and gross debridement are the three primary types of dental cleanings, all geared toward achieving cleaner teeth. However, they employ distinct procedures and serve different purposes.

To fully grasp the reasons behind and timing of each cleaning type, the following provides comprehensive insights.

Undergoing Professional Teeth Cleaning
2. Prophylaxis cleaning

Referred to as a routine cleaning, a prophylaxis cleaning is designed for healthy patients seeking regular maintenance to preserve oral health. Administered by a dental hygienist, this procedure involves the removal of plaque, hardened calculus, and surface stains from the teeth.

Although not suitable for severely damaged teeth, prophylaxis serves as an effective preventive measure for maintaining oral health in conjunction with daily hygiene practices.

Dentists commonly advise a prophylaxis cleaning every six months to prevent plaque accumulation and address any existing hardened plaque.

Focused dentist with dental drill cleaning bad patient's teeth
3. Scaling and root planing

Referred to as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is usually administered to patients at a heightened risk of gum disease or those already experiencing it.

When plaque is left unaddressed and transforms into tartar or calculus, it can pose a risk of severe oral health issues, prompting the need for scaling and root planing.

This procedure is frequently recommended for patients displaying signs of gum disease, including bleeding gums, swelling, or loose teeth.

Repairing tooth
4. Gross debridement

Gross debridement, a dental cleaning procedure often performed by a dentist, aims to uncover any potential dental issues that might have been overlooked initially.

Typically carried out on patients who haven’t visited the dentist in more than a year or have accumulated a considerable amount of hardened plaque on their teeth, this procedure involves a thorough removal of plaque from both the teeth and gums

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