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Types of Dental Cleaning Procedures

Everyone needs to have dental cleanings done in order to best care for their dental health but did you know that there is more than one type of dental cleaning? Dentists at our Ontario offices discuss the different types of dental cleaning and what to expect with each type of procedure.

The Different Types of Dental Cleaning Procedures

Two times a year, you should visit your dentist for a 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?

When you grasp the many sorts of dental cleaning treatments, you will be better able to comprehend the terminology your dentist is using as well as what it takes to maintain your oral health and keep your smile bright.

Prophylaxis Cleaning

A prophylaxis cleaning is a routine cleaning that is meant to remove a specified amount of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, between your teeth, and on your gums. This procedure is the most common and typically used on patients with an overall healthy mouth and who practice good oral hygiene. This type of dental cleaning will also remove some of the surface stains on your teeth.

If you have this cleaning done it is most commonly performed during your regular dental checkups. It is also usually performed by a dental hygienist, but your dentist has the skills and knowledge to perform a prophylaxis cleaning too if need be.

Gross Debridement

For patients that haven't been able to visit the dentist in a long time, you're likely to have a significant amount of plaque buildup not only on and between your teeth but also on your gums and tongue. A thorough debridement, also known as a deep cleaning, is a procedure that eliminates 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 a normal prophylaxis.

Scaling and Root Planing

Our vets will make further recommendations to patients suffering from gum disorders such as gingivitis or periodontitis to receive this more intrusive, non-surgical teeth cleaning method.

Your dentist will do a thorough cleaning of your gums, gum line, and any other tissues that support your teeth. If you require this type of dental cleaning then it may take multiple sessions to finish the cleaning since they need to smooth out the surface of your tooth root as well as remove any plaque and tartar that has formed on it.

Periodontal Maintenance

Patients who suffer from common oral health concerns such as gingivitis or periodontitis will usually require periodontal care 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.

Are you in need of a dental cleaning procedure but not sure which one is right for you? Contact our Ontario offices for a consultation and to schedule your next visit.

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