Even with efficient brushing and flossing of teeth, you must have your mouth professionally cleaned regularly. After a comprehensive cleaning, your teeth will feel smooth and spotless, and they will probably look a lot brighter too. At A Better Smile Dentistry in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we perform efficient teeth cleanings that allow us to spot oral health problems before they have a chance to worsen further.
What Is the Need for Dental Cleanings?
Over time, the teeth accumulate a layer of plaque, a sticky, bacterial film, and hard tartar deposits that are difficult to remove without special tools. When these deposits are allowed to remain on the tooth surfaces or below the gum line, they provide ideal conditions for the harmful bacteria to grow and multiply. The acids released by some bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If left unchecked, these bacteria can lead to inflammation and infection of the gums and possible diseases in other parts of the body.
The Teeth Cleaning Process
Initial Oral Examination
First, our hygienist will use a small mirror to examine the inside of your mouth. If they detect any abnormalities, they will be recorded before proceeding with your teeth cleanings.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is an excellent way to eliminate dental plaque. But it can be pretty challenging to reach plaque hiding between teeth and along the gum line. A professional tooth cleaning treatment is more thorough than home care. A unique tool called a scalar is employed to gently remove the plaque and tartar deposits.
Next, we use tooth polish and a unique high-powered brush to polish your teeth. We may use your favorite flavored tooth polish.
Flossing Between Teeth
As the last step, we will floss your teeth. This will remove any plaque that could still be present between the teeth. Flossing will help us to know where the gum bleeding is occurring.
Our hygienist will spray some water into your mouth and ask you to swish during this step. Once you are ready, we use suction to remove the water from your mouth. The rinsing process helps remove any remaining tooth polish.
Final Checkup with Dentist
Once you are done with your professional teeth cleaning, our dentist, Dr. Bao, will perform a dental checkup. If any oral problems are identified during your teeth cleanings, we will recommend the appropriate treatment plan. In addition, we will request you to schedule your subsequent cleanings in six months' time.
At A Better Smile Dentistry, we provide dental solutions to improve your oral health while transforming smiles. Visit our office at 475 Coors Blvd NW, Ste A, in Albuquerque, NM 87121, or call (505) 208-0505 and schedule an appointment with Dentist in Albuquerque NM.