Dental cleaning helps to remove all the nasty things that build up on your teeth and ruin the way your smile looks. The procedure is performed to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Both cause tooth decay, but tartar cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. A metal scaler is used to get rid of it during routine dental cleaning.
Removing tartar from teeth protects them against tooth decay and gum disease. It also improves the way the patient’s teeth look as tartar makes teeth appear yellow and covered with stains. Removing tartar from a person’s teeth gets rid of most surface stains, and it eliminates the yellow tint caused by tartar deposits.
Brightening your smile with a routine dental cleaning
Teeth cleanings are usually performed as part of a patient’s routine dental appointment. The American Dental Association recommends getting two checkups each year. During the appointment, the dentist examines the patient’s mouth looking for damage, decay, defective restorations, poor teeth alignment, and abnormal growths in the mouth.
The dentist will then use a scaler to remove tartar and plaque from the patient’s teeth and the pockets where their teeth and gums meet. An electric toothbrush and an abrasive toothpaste might then be used to scrub the patient’s teeth to remove any leftover plaque.
The dentist will floss between the patient’s teeth to remove plaque from there. The patient’s mouth will be rinsed to remove all the debris created by the process. A fluoride treatment might be performed to give the patient’s teeth additional protection against tooth decay.
How dental cleanings lead to a whiter smile
Some of the ways teeth cleanings help to whiten teeth include:
- Removes the stains that form on tartar: Tartar is more prone to staining to real teeth and it gives them a yellow color. Scraping away the tartar on a person’s teeth typically leads to most surface stains on their teeth coming off as well. Teeth cleanings also help to remove surface stains caused by the tannins in foods and beverages like coffee and pasta sauce. Deeper stains will need teeth whitening treatments to get rid of them
- Helps with the early detection of cavities: A routine dental cleaning often starts with the dentist examining the patient's teeth so cavities are detected early on. Tooth decay can be reversed with fluoride treatments when detected early
- Leads to improved teeth whitening: Tartar deposits on teeth can lead to uneven teeth whitening. Getting rid of tartar deposits before proceeding with teeth whitening treatments leads to improved results as the bleaching agents can penetrate deeper into the patient’s teeth
- Reduces the need for teeth whitening treatments: Teeth cleaning helps to keep teeth healthy, which, in turn, makes it easier to keep them white. For example, tooth decay can lead to a tooth turning dark grey or brown
Improve your smile with teeth cleaning
Dental cleanings help to keep your teeth healthy and white. Call and take a look at our Dalton clinic to set up an appointment with our dentist.
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