Painlessly Prevent Gum Disease and Preserve Your Dental Health
Dental cleanings are probably the most common reason that people come into the dentist office. Even with the best of dental habits, plaque and tartar will build up on your teeth over time. Plaque is a sticky colourless substance that naturally forms on the teeth and gum line due to a combination of food bacteria and saliva. Tartar is plaque that has calcified or hardened on the teeth, and can only be removed by a hygienist. Both are leading causes of tooth decay and gum disease.
A dental cleaning is a very simple procedure. Your dental hygienist will first use an ultrasonic scaler tool that uses vibrations to carefully remove plaque, tartar, and other debris from your teeth. After most of it is removed, they will move onto using small tools designed to remove the smaller deposits around the gums. After your teeth are smooth and free of any deposits, they are polished wish a special gritty toothpaste that really makes them shine! After your cleaning, you may also be asked to rinse your mouth with a fluoride solution to help strengthen your teeth. And that’s all there is to it!
How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?
This depends on your general dental health. If you have excellent dental habits, we recommend that you come in at least twice a year. If you are suffering from gingivitis or other gum issues, you may want to have your teeth cleaned up to three times a year. The longer that plaque stays on your teeth, the harder it is to remove, so regular cleanings are an excellent way to maintain your dental health.
Is Dental Cleaning Painful
Generally, a dental cleaning should not be painful. There might be some discomfort as your dental hygienist removes the plaque and tartar buildup she finds, but it should not be too unpleasant. Many people actually enjoy their cleanings, especially the tooth polishing, as it results in a mouth full of shiny and smooth teeth! If you are suffering from gum disease, however, you might require a deep cleaning, which can be far more uncomfortable.
If you have a buildup of plaque and tartar underneath the gum line, you might need to come in for a deep cleaning. Also called Dental Scaling and Root Planing, this involves your dental hygienist carefully working just under your gums, removing any debris and plaque that they find. The plaque under your gum line provides bacteria with a perfect breeding ground, leading to gum inflammation and redness. If your gums bleed when you floss, gum inflammation is probably the reason.
Compared to a regular dental cleaning, deep cleaning can be more uncomfortable. We can numb your gums before we begin to minimize any pain that you might feel. Included in your deep dental cleaning will be the usual tooth polishing and fluoride treatment. After Dental Scaling and Root Planing, your gums will likely be irritated and swollen. If you experience any discomfort, simply take an over-the-counter painkiller. Any pain should fade by the following day.
How Much Does Dental Cleaning Cost?
Regular dental cleanings are usually partially or completely covered by most dental insurance. Twice yearly dental cleanings can help prevent dental issues such as cavities and severe gingivitis, which can lead to far more expensive, and necessary, dental procedures.
If you’d like to come in and have us give your teeth a good polish, just call us for an appointment at 416-224-8300. For dental cleaning in Toronto, you couldn’t ask for better than Dr. Goldstein’s office!