TEETH CLEANING IS A ROUTINE PAINLESS DENTAL PROCEDURE. IT SOLVE PROBLEMS LIKE- TEETH STAINING, INITIAL PERIODONTAL PROBLEMS, BLEEDING GUMS, HALITOSIS, ETC
Teeth cleaning and root planing, also known as oral prophylaxis or scaling is the safe removal of plaque and calculus from the teeth and below the gums. When plaque is allowed to remain on the surfaces of the teeth and gum line, it causes irritation and gum swelling, and finally gingivitis.
BENEFITS OF TEETH CLEANING
BRIGHTENS YOUR SMILE –
Tea, coffee, and tobacco stains your teeth. Teeth scaling remove these stains and finally provides a brighter smile.
PREVENTS BAD BREATH –
Improper tooth brushing or plaque causes bad breath. Maintaining a good oral hygiene helps prevent plaque built up and hence prevents bad breath.
PREVENT TOOTH DECAY –
The whitish film that builds up on the teeth harbour bacteria and these bacteria release acid that eats away tooth enamel. If teeth cleaning is not done it will cause tooth decay.
PREVENTS TOOTH LOSS –
Plaque build up on tooth first causes swelling on the gums, and later causes gum bleeding. If this plaque is not removed, it moves further down the teeth and can destroy bone, resulting finally in the mobile tooth and ultimately tooth loss.
PREVENTS HEART DISEASES –
Studies suggest a connection between oral and overall health. Maintaining proper oral hygiene lowers the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
TEETH CLEANING PROCEDURE
Teeth cleaning is done either using hand instruments or ultrasonic cleaners or both.
Ultrasonic scalers are used to clean the plaque, tartar, stains and biofilm of the teeth around the gum line.
Hand instruments are used next (in case of deep pockets) to remove the remaining plaque.
Root planning involves deep cleaning of the root surface of the teeth to decrease the gum swelling.
Finally, Polishing smoothens the rough surface of the teeth and therefore helps prevent future formation of bacteria.
WHO NEED PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING
Teeth cleaning is a necessary treatment that people usually ignore. Professional teeth cleaning is advised once or twice in a year. Patient with bleeding gums or those who have plaque deposition needs immediate treatment to prevent further damage to the gums.
WHAT ARE THE POST TREATMENT GUIDELINES
There is no need of rest period after scaling. You just have to follow the instructions given by your doctor and maintain a good oral hygiene. Brush properly twice daily and regular flossing.