Regularly scheduled professional cleanings are critical to maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist will examine your mouth and perform the following procedures:
Remove plaque. Tooth decay (cavities) is caused by the buildup of plaque which is a sticky film containing bacteria that attack tooth enamel. The bacteria also produce toxins that inflame the gums, leading to periodontal disease. Preventative cleanings reduce your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease.
Remove tartar. Plaque left on teeth over time hardens and becomes calculus (tartar). It can only be removed with dental tools. Tartar builds up from the top - down pushing the gum tissue away from the tooth over time. This can cause gums to bleed, leading to periodontal disease and bone loss.
Polish teeth. This final step removes minor stains and any remaining plaque, making teeth their whitest and brightest!
For most people, BMC Family Dentistry recommends a professional cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
We also use ultrasonic cleaning at BMC Family Dentistry when necessary to clean teeth and keep them healthy. Rather than manually scaling your teeth, we use a device that vibrates at an extremely high frequency for effective and delicate cleaning of your teeth. The pulsating movements cause plaque and tartar to fall off your teeth and then we rinse them away with a water tip directly attached to the scaler. Our ultrasonic cleaning device also helps to eliminate tartar and a hard, calcified type of tartar called calculus. Before ultrasonic cleaning became mainstream, dentists had to scrape plaque and tartar manually. This sometimes resulted in damage to the patient’s tooth enamel. Ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective way to treat gum disease.
If you already have gum disease, ultrasonic cleaning reaches plaque and calculus deposits beneath the gum line in a way that hand scraping cannot achieve. We also prefer this method because it doesn’t put any physical pressure on the teeth. This is important for people who have gingivitis because they’re already prone to loosened teeth. Patients who have put off dental cleanings will be happy to know that they’re now easy and painless. Please contact us to schedule your next appointment.