If you’ve ever visited the dentist, you’ve probably had your teeth cleaned by our skilled and competent dental hygienists. This is one of our Ellenbrook Dental Care most frequently asked inquiries.

The answer is yes, at least for the time being! Your teeth will whiten a little throughout the cleaning procedure. The procedure involves us removing any plaque and tartar accumulation. However, For a bright smile, there is no substitute for professional teeth whitening.

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What happens during teeth cleaning?

The hygienist will inspect your teeth and mouth for gum disease, tartar, plaque, and cavities. A tiny mirror is used during inspection. After that, the dental hygienist will use a scaler to clean between your teeth and around your gums. This is the little apparatus that, to be fair, resembles a torture device. But it’s not the case! It’s a fun tool for cleaning plaque and tartar off your teeth and preventing cavities.

Afterwards, you’ll brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush and special toothpaste. These are grainier and stronger than the toothpaste you use at home. This helps to scrape off the remaining tartar or plaque not eliminated during the cleaning. After that, you’ll be flossing like a pro. You’ll probably get a reminder of why flossing is so crucial during flossing. Floss some more! Depending on your age and how often you see the dentist, you might have a fluoride cleaning to keep your teeth especially clean. Your teeth will most likely appear whiter than when you first arrived. They will undoubtedly be cleaner!

Goals and Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

You’ll notice that your teeth are a little whiter once they’ve been cleaned. This is due to the yellow hue of the tartar that your Bright Now dentist removes. The primary purpose of dental teeth cleaning is not to achieve whiter teeth (but rather a positive side effect). 

Prophylaxis and extensive cleaning, when necessary, have the following primary goals:

1. To avoid tooth decay caused by excessive plaque and tartar development

2. Gum disease prevention and treatment

3. Bad breath is alleviated

4. Detection of potentially significant dental problems

How Cleaning Helps Avoid Expensive Teeth Whitening?

You are not alone if you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth. You may be considering teeth whitening methods. This is much like most people who have yellowing or stains. Teeth whitening operations can be helpful but not necessary for most people. Sometimes all you need is a professional tooth cleaning. Cleaning is usually less expensive and a terrific decision for your oral health!

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Is it necessary to get a deep cleaning at the dentist?

Yes, indeed. After each meal and snack, bacteria and plaque build-up on the teeth. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash are all excellent ways to keep your teeth clean. But germs may build up on your teeth and between your teeth and gums. These germs will erode your teeth, resulting in cavities and discolouration. Your gums can also be infected by the bacteria, producing inflammation and pain. Scaling is a term used to describe deep cleaning. Plaque and germs are removed behind the gums using a variety of devices in this therapy.

How long does a dental cleaning take?

Cleanings usually take an hour. This might vary based on other treatments and work that has to be done. Our practice provides a comprehensive range of gum and tooth treatments. To preserve your health, oral cancer tests can be incorporated into tooth cleanings. To maintain your teeth and mouth healthy, we also provide dry mouth therapy and fluoride treatments.

We will work quickly and efficiently to ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned and cared for regardless of what is included in your dental cleaning. 

How often should I get my teeth cleaning?

It is recommended that you have your teeth cleaned every six months. However, specific individuals may require more regular cleanings. Our dentists will create a treatment plan tailored to you and your dental health, whether every three months, four months, or six months.

What matters is that you keep up with your dental cleanings so you may keep your most pleasing smile!

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Attin, T., Paqué, F., Ajam, F. and Lennon, Á.M. (2003), Review of the current status of tooth whitening with the walking bleach technique. International Endodontic Journal, 36: 313-329. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2591.2003.00667.x

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