Before a dental cleaning, it's important for the patient to have a dental exam. This exam is a chance for the patient to tell the dentist about any current dental problems that they're having, and it's also an opportunity for the dentist to make sure that there are no new issues emerging. The results of the exam will help determine which type of dental cleaning is needed. In some cases, X-rays are needed, as this can help identify dental problems that are hidden. For most patients who are in good overall oral health, a standard dental cleaning is the next step.
In a standard dental cleaning, the dentist will clean and polish the patient’s teeth. This cleaning is not painful or unpleasant, although some patients experience a slight tickling sensation during the cleaning. Dental cleaning removes both plaque and tartar on and around the teeth, something which can't be done with only regular brushing. Dental cleanings are often especially beneficial when it comes to the back teeth. The molars and other back teeth can be hard to clean thoroughly with regular brushing, so a regular dental cleaning will help keep them clean and healthy.
For people who have advanced gum disease, a deep dental cleaning might be required. A deep dental cleaning includes scaling and root planing. These techniques allow the dentist to remove large amounts of plaque and tartar. A deep dental cleaning is often the best way to prevent gum disease from advancing to a more serious degree. If gum disease is left untreated it will often result in tooth loss and other health problems. After a deep dental cleaning, patients may have a bit more sensitivity and gum bleeding for a day or two, but the long term benefits make this type of cleaning well worth it.
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