A professional tooth cleaning is often referred to as prophylaxis. It’s a Greek word meaning ‘to prevent beforehand.’ In the realm of dentistry, it’s helping to prevent gum disease.
Professional cleanings involve removing plaque and tartar that have built up on the teeth over time. If the buildup continues to accumulate on the teeth bacteria will settle next to the gums causing them to become inflamed or infected, which will lead to gum disease.
We polish the teeth so that the surfaces are clean and smooth and bacteria are unable to stick to them. The dentist will use water, a variety of specialized tools, and vibrations to loosen the plaque and tartar so that they can be removed from both on and between the teeth.
Professional cleanings also give our dentists a chance to really look at your teeth. We will do a thorough examination to make sure that you don’t have any other problems that need to be addressed. We are hoping to catch any little problems before they become bigger ones!
Dental cleanings are generally painless. Patients might have some sensitivity due to the vibration and sound of the handpiece or the scraping that is done on the teeth. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a cleaning, you may have some inflammation in the gums. Your dentist can provide a topical anesthetic when needed.
Here at Aloha Dental we are committed to helping you maintain great oral health and hygiene and want to encourage you to have regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
If you have any questions about professional cleanings and polishing or just need to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (65) 6733 2268.