Teeth Cleanings in San Fransisco, California
Looking for Teeth Cleanings in San Fransisco, California? One of the cornerstones of good oral health is regular dental cleanings. At Yerba Buena Dentistry, we offer Teeth Cleanings, we work hard to help our patients maintain good oral health. One service that we encourage all of our patients to take advantage of is regular dental cleanings. Patients should receive a dental cleaning every six months.
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. A dental prophylaxis is a necessary dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
A dental prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleaning Include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also called calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, removing all debris, bacteria, and deposits from gum pockets can be impossible, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier-looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of poor oral hygiene. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection can also result in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our facility can improve halitosis and reduce infection.
What Happens During Professional Dental Cleanings?
Your dentist and dental hygienist will manually remove plaque, debris, and tartar from your teeth and gum line during a professional dental cleaning. Typically, your dentist will combine dental cleaning with a dental exam. First, during your appointment, your dentist will examine the health of your teeth. Next, your dentist and dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will manually remove it with a scraping tool and a cavitron. A cavitron is an ultrasonic scaler that uses high-frequency vibrations and water flow to clean the teeth efficiently.
After the team eliminates the plaque and tartar from your teeth, they will use gritty polishing paste to remove the remaining bacteria and debris from your teeth. Their polishing paste is more abrasive than your typical toothpaste and should only be used a few times a year. Next, your dentist will floss your teeth. This helps to remove hard-to-get-debris from between your teeth and on your gum line. Lastly, your dentist or hygienist will rinse your mouth with water.
Fluoride and Sealants
Another treatment that patients often get during their dental cleaning is fluoride and dental sealants. After the dental cleaning, your dentist can apply fluoride to your teeth. This will chemically strengthen your teeth. Overall, this helps to prevent dental decay in the future. Patients with deep crevices in their back molars can benefit from dental sealants. The dental sealant, a liquid made of composite resin, will be placed inside deep crevices on top of your back molars and dried with a special curing light to seal off the crevices. So, when debris and bacteria fall onto your back molars, they will slide off. Ask your dentist about these great ways to protect your teeth during your next dental cleaning.
We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure but should be completed every 3-4 months for people who suffer from advanced periodontitis or undergoing traditional braces treatment. You should know that gum disease probably could not be completely reversed but dental prophylaxis could be used to slow down or halt the disease progression effectively.
A professional dental cleaning can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but dental prophylaxis is one of the tools Dr. Zhu, Dr. Lee, Dr. Kwok , and Dr. Javdan can use to effectively halt its progression. Contact us today!