Routine dental exams are very important because they help maintain your teeth and gums healthy. Routine dental exams are scheduled or recommend every six months. In your routine exam your dentist will determine what type of cleaning it’s recommended for you. In most cases there are two options regular cleaning or deep cleaning. Your dentist will determine what type of cleaning by looking at your x-rays and seeing if there’s bone that is being lost from buildup.
Regular cleanings are cleanings that remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This type of cleaning is called a prophylaxis cleaning. They use a special toothpaste that has a sandy feel to polish your teeth. In some instances, if there are stains, the dentist can recommend a different type of material called pumice. They also remove any tartar that’s on the coronal portion of the teeth. Regular dental cleanings can be done by a registered dental assistant, dental hygienist, and dentist. Registered dental assistants are licensed by the state to perform this type of cleanings.
Deep cleanings can be only perform by a dentist and dental hygienist. This type of cleaning is needed when there is build up or calculus underneath the gum level. The buildup or calculus causes the gum to irritate and bone level to recede also known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease Is not curable only treatable. A regular dental cleaning will not work for if your dentist diagnoses deep cleaning. The reason being is that the regular dental cleaning will only remove plaque from the crown part of the tooth, leaving the buildup or calculus untreated.
Our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari always recommends to his patients to brush and floss no matter what type of cleaning is needed. This is the best preventative measure from any plaque or build up. Dr. Danial Kalantari Dentist in Santa Ana tells his patients to brush floss at least once a time at night time before going to bed. This will remove any plaque or food that’s left in between the teeth. Not only does this preventive build up and plaque but also cavities. Brushing all teeth and on the lingual part of the teeth is very important, most plaque is left there and with saliva it will harden making it difficult to remove.
Your routine check-ups and regular cleanings should be consistent. If you haven’t scheduled or visited your dentist plan a visit. If you have any questions or comments regarding the types of dental cleanings, you can always contact your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry in Santa Ana./contact-us/