Dental Cleanings and Polishing – Top Quality Teeth Cleanings From Your New York Dentist
No one likes to spend a lot of time in the dental chair. However, if you want to avoid serious health problems and minimize the amount of expense and time you spend in the dental office, then getting regular cleanings is absolutely necessary.
The purpose of getting a cleaning is to prevent the buildup of bacteria in your mouth that can cause gum disease and decay. If this bacteria is allowed to go unchecked, it can lead to other health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Therefore it is imperative to take care of your gums and your teeth.
What Is Plaque Build Up
Plaque is a very soft and sticky substance that builds up on the teeth. It can usually be kept off of our teeth by brushing, flossing and having a good home dental hygiene program. However, tartar is different. Tartar is plaque that has hardened on the surface of your tooth. It forms below and above your gum line and is not easily removed.
If the tartar is allowed to build up under the gums, it can cause greater problems. Most of the time, it starts out as gingivitis. If not treated, it will progress to full-blown gum disease. Your gums will become painful, swollen, start to bleed every time you try to brush and receede. If this is happening to you, call our office right away.
It takes special dental instruments and treatment to remove tartar. The longer it is allowed to build up on your teeth, the more destructive it becomes and the harder it will be to remove.
What Is Involved In A Dental Cleaning
Here is what you can expect when you come into our office for complete and thorough cleaning and polishing:
- A complete and thorough exam
- We would check for redness and inflammation around the gums as well as for cracks, chips and breaks
- We also check for decay
- Our hygienist will then let you know what they uncovered during the exam and then we will begin to polish and clean the teeth
Polishing To Get That Beautiful Shine
In addition to getting your teeth cleaned, we will also polish your teeth to a beautiful finish. This part of the cleaning helps to make your teeth much smoother. This makes it harder for plaque and tartar to build upon the tooth.
We polish your teeth using a small motorized rubber cup combined with polishing paste. If the build up on your teeth is a little harder than normal, we will use a special air polisher with a special formula to get rid of the tougher stains.
The procedure will produce a squeaky clean mouth and can actually reverse the growth of bacteria.
Here’s a couple of things you need to know:
- If the build up on your teeth is much heavier than normal we may suggest a much deeper cleaning
- This treatment is called scaling and root planing. This removes the tartar above and below gum line and sometimes requires an antibiotic called Arestin to eliminate any bacterial infection you may have
- The combination of these treatments will lead to an overall healthier cleaner mouth
Your dental health is very important in maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene program is necessary for you to have a healthy mouth.
If you have questions about a dental cleaning, then give us a call today and will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
If you have symptoms like any mentioned here, then call our office today. You can contact us at:
3 Washington Square Village
New York, NY 10012
(212) 477- 4330