Healthy teeth that look great and function properly can boost your self confidence. At our Queen Anne dental office in Seattle WA, we believe prevention to be the best medicine. We offer our patients routine preventive services like routine exams, teeth cleaning and oral hygiene education.
Regular check-ups, teeth cleaning, and x-rays when appropriate can help identify oral health problems before they blossom into bigger, more expensive and painful problems later on. Our main goal is to prevent dental issues that will prevent you from having that beautiful, healthy smile.
What Does Dental Cleaning Entail?
Regular teeth cleaning is necessary to maintain good oral hygiene. This does not just
refer to daily brushing but professional cleaning at adequate intervals.
To elaborate, professional dental cleaning involves many things, like a physical exam, plaque
and tartar removal, flossing, toothpaste cleaning, and fluoride treatment. These and many
more procedures are involved in professional dental cleaning, depending on your oral
Such proper dental cleaning is important as it can help prevent tooth decay and various gum
diseases. But due to the constant poking, noises, and discomfort in the gums and jaws,
many dread going for the procedure.
A physical exam
Your oral health professional or dental hygienist will perform a professional dental cleaning. These are licensed healthcare experts who have the knowledge, tools, and skills to clean your teeth properly. But before beginning the process, the dentist will conduct a standard exam of your oral region.
They use a small mirror to look around your teeth and gums to find any inflamed gums or other concerns. If there is any major problem, the dentist will conduct more reserach to find out the source of problem
Optimal Oral Health Promotes Overall Bodily Health
Healthy teeth with proper routine prevention is also essential for promoting overall health. Many recent studies have shown a strong connection between chronic oral diseases and serious diseases of the body like heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes, to name a few. Keeping this in mind, preventive treatments combined with our state-of-the-art dental care can actually improve your overall health.
Professional Dental Cleaning and Exams
The important parts of preventive care are regular exams and teeth cleanings by Dr. Chiang and Dr. Goel at our Queen Anne dental office in Seattle WA. Preventative services are the best defense we have against the development of serious, potentially painful and expensive oral health problems.
- Dental Exams allow us to thoroughly evaluate your oral health. We focus on your entire mouth to detect problems that may be developing, i.e. gum disease and tooth decay.
- Digital x-rays allow us detect early problems developing beneath the surface. This allows us to address these problems before they become serious.
- Routine teeth Cleanings eliminate plaque/tartar that cannot be removed at home with brushing and flossing. These teeth cleanings are an effective, vital defense against the development of gum disease. We will work with you to develop a plan that allows us to stay on top of receiving your regular cleanings
- Fluoride treatments are another effective weapon in helping to maintain oral health. But everyone’s fluoridation needs are different, and — especially in the case of children — periodic exams can help us determine if fluoride should be a regular part of your preventive regimen.
- Sealantsare a thin, protective plastic coating applied to the grooves on the chewing surface of your teeth. Sealants can eliminate deep grooves in your molars, preventing those grooves from trapping plaque, and turning into cavities.
If you have a busy lifestyle, dental exams and teeth cleanings may unfortunately not be a high priority for you. If you’re not experiencing obvious signs of dental problems, like pain or swelling, it may not seem like a big deal to put off your dental appointment.
The problem is that tooth decay and gum disease can do significant damage even before they start to hurt or cause discomfort. This is the reason why the American Dental Association advocates biannual dental checkups and cleanings.
Professional teeth cleaning of plaque and tartar
The dental hygienist or dentist will ask you to cover yourself with the apron they provide. This is to protect your clothes from any stains during the procedure. Then the professional will start teeth cleaning using a small mirror and a scaler. They will run the scaler around your gum line to remove the plaque and tartar.
This is a time-consuming procedure and will depend on the amount of tartar in your mouth.
Note: It is important to brush and floss regularly to prevent such build-up of tartar in your mouth. In fact, in some cases some dental professionals may even use ultrasonic vibrating devices to break the tartar up if it is too hard to scrape.
Dental Cleaning with polishing paste
In this step, the dental healthcare professional will polish your teeth using some type of paste. They use an electric brush to deep clean and further remove any residues of plaque.
The procedure is excellent for making your teeth completely free of plaque. For this purpose, the professional may use the electric brush.
Now that all the stains and tartars have been removed and your teeth are polished, it is time for some professional flossing. Your dental care provider can provide a much more professional session, irrespective of whether you floss at home regularly or not.
The expert will also locate any potential issues in your gum or between your teeth and get deep down to clean them. You may have bleeding gums during this procedure if you have problems in the gum area.
Overall, this is yet another method for further removing any plaque.
This step requires you to rinse your mouth to clean it thoroughly using a liquid fluoride solution. This is the final point of the cleaning process and will help protect your teeth against issues like cavities until the next visit.
In this procedure, a gel or paste will be applied . Your dental professional can even use fluoride varnish to provide an extra protective layer to your teeth after the cleaning.
Unlike the mouth guard, the fluoride varnish is applied using a tiny brush. When it mixes with your saliva, the material will harden. But this will not prevent you from your regular activities, like eating and drinking.
Post teeth cleaning examination
Your dentist or dental hygienist might conduct a post-teeth cleaning examination again using the angled mirror and metal probe. There might be other types of dental instruments as well. This is to check for any signs of tooth decay or inflammation, redness, and deep pockets in the gum.
The dental care professional can even determine any early signs of oral cancer by looking at the soft tissues. It can even be treated if detected at an early stage.
Now that you understand the different procedures involved in professional dental cleaning, you may not feel anxious anymore. But if you still are bothered about the discomfort during the procedure, you can talk to your dentist about it. They might be able to provide you with some satisfactory solution.
But under no circumstance should you avoid getting your teeth cleaned at regular intervals. Alongside, it is also important to follow healthy oral hygiene on a daily basis to retain the strength and beauty of your teeth.
Please Schedule a Convenient Appointment that Fits Your Schedule
We know you and your family may have a busy lifestyle, so we will try to accommodate you with extended hours and evening appointments. Our flexible financing options allow you to afford the care you need. We accept third-party financing options and most major insurance plans.
We will strive to schedule the appointments for you and your family on the same day, for your convenience, that way you don’t have to make multiple visits to our office. Same-day emergency appointments are available if necessary. Please contact Pure Dental Arts in Seattle WA to schedule an appointment.