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Our Teeth Cleaning Guide

The Process of Teeth Cleaning

For routine teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:  


First, our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified if any, and further tests and examinations are needed, they would be discussed if any issues are found. Our dentist may also ask for your dental history. Once the examination has been done, the dentist will move on to start the process of teeth cleaning.  

Removal of Tartar and Plaque

The teeth cleaning process would start with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process might take longer if you haven’t gotten your teeth cleaned professionally in a while, especially if it is your first time. Plaque is usually reduced with regular brushing and flossing but it doesn’t completely get eliminated.


After the tartar and plaque have been removed, our dentist will start polishing your teeth using special toothpaste.  


Next, our dentist will start flossing your teeth. This step may feel unnecessary if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually important in the cleaning process. Flossing will help in removing any leftover debris and plaque that were missed in the first two steps of teeth cleaning. This will also enable our dentist to further identify any more problem areas, such as bleeding gums.

Rinsing and Fluoride Application

Finally, our dentist will rinse out your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride treatment. Applying fluoride is essential for your overall oral health as it helps in protecting your teeth from damage and decay.

Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

As mentioned before, the teeth cleaning process is crucial for your overall oral health. There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist office to get your teeth cleaned. Some advantages you will experience are as follows:  

Tooth Loss Prevention

When plaque buildup is left unattended, it also results in gum disease which is a leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading more and may damage the bone support in the jaw. This results in loose teeth and gradually ends up in tooth loss. This can be prevented if you opt for regular teeth cleaning by our dentist.  

Cavities Prevention

Plaque, a white film that covers your tooth, is one of the major reasons for tooth decay. This is an acidic substance which starts eating away the enamel. If it is not removed regularly, the buildup results in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps in eliminating the plaque to prevent cavities.  

Improved Health

Numerous studies have determined that there is a link between overall health and oral health. Regular teeth cleaning from our qualified dentist can result in reduced risk of various diseases.

Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleaning means improved oral health. Good oral health means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.  

Brighter Smile

The stains on your teeth are typically caused from the use of tobacco, wine, tea and coffee. However, these stains can be eliminated with the help of teeth cleaning which leave your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and more beautiful smile.  

Types of Cleaning

Another essential thing you should know is that there are different types of teeth cleanings. Typically, when you visit the dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, you may need a different cleaning procedure depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health. After the examination, our dentist will recommend the cleaning process suitable for you to maintain healthy gums and teeth.  

The following are the different types of teeth cleaning:

Periodontal Maintenance

This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by the dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. This process may be continued at different intervals as per the directions of our dentist after determining your oral health. Continuous maintenance is significant as there are high chances of recurrence of gum diseases if proper follow-up isn’t done. This process of teeth cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque from below and above the gum line, deep cleaning of certain areas on your teeth, and is followed up by polishing of your teeth. This process is also important, especially after a gum surgery.  

Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning is also known as prophylaxis and it is a preventive process in which our dentist eliminates stains, tartar, and plaque from your teeth. The teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by our dentist to be done at regular intervals, once or twice annually depending on your oral health. For individuals with poor gum health, our dentist would recommend more visits for teeth cleanings and other treatments.  

Deep Cleaning

This type of cleaning is also called root and scaling planning. This teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include a buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, x-rays showing loss of teeth support and/or identification of deep gum pockets. The process of deep cleaning is usually fully completed in different sessions or quadrants of your mouth.  

Full Mouth Debridement

In rare cases, when there is drastic tartar and plaque buildup, making it difficult to even complete an oral examination, our dentist may recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth. This process of teeth cleaning is done by our dentist before the oral examination is conducted and diagnosis can be given. However, a full mouth debridement may not remove all the plaque and tarter. This would require additional teeth cleaning and scaling procedures.   

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning

The frequency of the teeth cleaning required can only be determined after our dentist conducts a thorough examination of your oral health. Our dentist will identify the amount of tartar buildup, your dental history, the presence of cavities and other factors. They may also recommend a protocol for teeth cleaning and other dental procedures.  

However, if your oral health is deemed well by our dentist, you only have to get your teeth cleaned once or twice a year. Nevertheless, some people prefer to get the teeth cleaning done more frequently. For children, it is recommended that parents get them started as early as three years of age and get their teeth cleaned twice a year. This helps in enhancing their oral hygiene from a young age.  

Healthy teeth are certainly vital for overall health. Our dentist does not just help you fight cavities; they can also help you keep free from different dental problems. We invite you to book your appointment at Family Dental Care of Spring Valley in Columbia, South Carolina and evaluate our quality services. Our dentist will answer all your concerns and questions to make your experience as comfortable as possible