No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional Brandon, FL dental cleaning helps preserve and maintain the longevity, usefulness, and overall health of your teeth. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
While cleaning your teeth, the hygienist with remove plaque (thin layer of bacteria over your teeth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease) and tartar (calcified deposits that form on the teeth which cause decay) that has built up which has accumulated over time. At home care such as brushing and flossing and can only do so much. A deep dental cleaning is suggested every six months because our tools and cutting-edge technology remove harmful materials that flossing and brushing just simply can't get.
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What to expect during your dental cleaning
When you come to our office to get your teeth cleaned, a dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar. In a comfortable environment, your hygienist will:
- Use ultrasonic instruments to loosen tartar
- Use small scalers to remove smaller materials that the ultrasonic instruments was unable to remove
- Polish teeth
- Apply fluoride treatment (used to strengthen teeth and helps to prevent future bacteria buildup)
Why you should get a professional teeth cleaning every 6 months
As mentioned above, regular visits to the dentist are necessary because even with flossing and brushing, bacteria builds and accumulates on your teeth. Brandon, FL teeth cleanings can even brighten your smile by helping to remove stains caused by soda, coffee, wine, tobacco, tea, or other substances. Coming to see us every six months is also important because it helps with people who persistently have bad breath because the microscopic plaque and tartar is significantly reduced/removed.
Fun fact: Studies have revealed that there is a direct correlation between overall good health and good oral health. Some doctors will tell you, “it all starts with the mouth”. Contact us today if you have been experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms!
Ultrasonic cleaning in Brandon, FL
Ultrasonic cleaning is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. An ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find ultrasonic teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers. If you would like this performed, please talk to you dentist about this as this is NOT part of your regular cleaning.
Deep dental cleaning vs regular teeth cleaning
There are major differences between a regular teeth cleaning and dental deep cleaning as the former is used to treat and prevent periodontal disease. Please see our gum disease (periodontal disease page for more information).