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Hand Scaling and Polishing Procedure
It can be hard to thoroughly clean your teeth especially in areas in between and the posterior surfaces. It becomes even harder to maintain optimal oral hygiene when you have imperfectly shaped, misaligned or crowded teeth.
Keeping your teeth in healthy shape can be a tough job sometimes. This is particularly true for those hard to reach nooks that elude your careful brushing and flossing efforts. These areas are generally located in between or on the posterior surfaces of teeth. Misaligned or crooked teeth add to the challenge. While a more permanent solution to such problems may be invisalign braces, a rather effective and immediate solution is dental cleaning.
One of the direct consequences of improper cleaning of teeth is food accumulation that forms plaque or a yellow-brown substance that accumulates at the base of the teeth.
Aside from poor diets, plaque also accumulates from excessive smoking, bad drinking habits, or even genetics, turning into tartar over time.
Brushing and flossing remove some hardened plaque or tartar. However, a visit to the dentist ensures thorough removal. This is because the kind of efficient tools a dentist uses, is not accessible to a common person, and neither do they have the expertise to operate them.
Only a dentist, with their expert skill and proper equipment, can ensure that tartar is removed completely and your teeth are in a safe and sound environment. This is followed by further finishing procedures like polishing.
Our dentists will suggest dental cleaning by way of scaling and/or root planing. Scaling involves using a mechanical scaler to slowly clean the teeth by removing tartar. They follow these methods with dental polishing to add a layer of protection against impurities.
Failing to treat plaque and tartar buildup leads to dental cavities, tooth decay and possibly loss of teeth. As any dentist would tell you, tartar, if left untreated, can contribute greatly to tooth decay and cavities.
This happens because the tartar gives rise to the growth of bacteria inside the mouth. Among the first signs of this is a permanent bad breath that a person may begin to experience.
After that comes the part when this bacteria begins to actively feed off your teeth, causing tooth decay and/or cavities. Such problems can eventually lead to hardcore treatments, sometimes even resulting in loss of teeth through extractions.
Do I Need A Dental Deep Cleaning?
Daily brushing and flossing does not address every food particle that gets stuck between and around your teeth. As previously mentioned, plaque and tartar result and give way to more dental problems that require complex and expensive alternatives to a simple dental cleaning.
Additionally, if you have bad breath, bacterial growth is the culprit behind bad odor in your mouth, not food itself. URBN Dental’s dental deep cleaning counters bad breath with methods, such as tongue scraping, that serves additional step to the dental cleaning process.
As a general rule, you should seek a dental cleaning twice a year or once every six months. These procedures are available at URBN Dental at affordable prices. If you are in Houston, you need to look no further.
You should also ensure that your toothbrush is changed every three months. It would be a good idea to get a recommendation from a dentist about whether you need a specific type of a toothbrush.
Who Are The People That Would Require Dental Cleaning More Than Others?
Tobacco use contributes to tartar accumulation in your teeth, and subsequently calls for a very necessary dental cleaning treatment.
Genetics also influence the potential for build up. Furthermore, while saliva serves as a key component to maintaining your oral health, it also leads to tartar production. Moreover, areas on or near salivary ducts are more prone to find themselves under attack by tartar and plaque.
Visit URBN Dental today for a checkup to assess your teeth’s condition. Our dental cleaning procedures are the best in the Houston area, with patients totally satisfied with the professional and caring attitude of our staff.
The Process Behind Dental Cleaning And Polishing
Basic dental cleaning procedures involve scaling and polishing against tartar accumulation. Different kinds of equipment are used in achieving this target. In severe cases, a small dental drill may also be used carefully by a dentist.
Dentists generally use an electric scaling machine to efficiently remove hardened layers of tartar. For harder to reach areas, the dentist uses a handheld scaling device. This is followed by polishing with a regular rotating toothbrush. Finally, the dentist applies a mixture of fluoride paste with stain removing chemicals to your teeth
While the chemical agents removes stains from your teeth, the fluoride adds a layer of strength to your teeth against cavities and tooth decay to conclude the procedure. This is really important in the sense that it prevents further buildup of plaque on the teeth.
A common question about the procedure is if it is painful. At URBN Dental, our highly qualified and experienced team of dental assistants and dentists ensure a pain-free, wholesome experience.
Some people may report pain due to sensitivity. This only means that there are certain precautionary procedures that your dentist may recommend before moving on to scaling and polishing. It is always a wise idea to listen to your dentist about whatever suggestions they have. Skipping on these can result in problems that may be even harder to tackle.
At URBN Dental, our state of the art technology, coupled with professional diagnosis through in house technologies including x-rays is what helps us achieve the best of results.
Common Symptoms About Whether You Need Dental Deep Cleaning
The most recognizable symptom is general discoloration in your teeth. Paling or color changes are dental visit indicators. Tartar accumulation is another symptom that signify that it is time for your dental cleaning.
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Processes involving thorough and complete cleaning of the mouth are performed by Dental Hygienists. After a thorough examination of the oral cavity, they provide a full report concerning the needs of a specific patient for adequate oral health. A good number of people have reservations regarding dental cleaning procedures, which is totally justified, because the processes may require the small equipment may emit prodding, strange noises, and the jaw may suffer temporary discomfort. Hence, their suspicions are relatively easy to understand.
However, a large number of people understand that teeth cleaning is quite simple and incurs little pain. In the worst case scenario, very light and occasional scratching is the only possible damage that can occur. If a person still has any reservations regarding dental cleaning, then deeper knowledge on the subject could help soothe down and ease the person's stress.
Oral cleaning involves several small steps, and in odd cases, small nicks and cuts on the gums are a possibility. Preparation occurs in the first step, which involves a physical exam at first. Dental Hygienists perform most oral cleanings. They first take a physical exam of your mouth before any actual cleaning begins. A small mirror is used to examine your teeth and gums, for symptoms of inflamed gums or other potential problems. Gingivitis is the condition responsible for inflamed gums. If any potential problems are detected, a dentist is called by the dental hygienist for confirmation regarding the proceedings.
As soon as the physical test is done, plaque and tartar around the gum line is removed by Dental Hygienists. They are guided into the patient’s mouth using a small mirror. The equipment used to remove the plaque between and on the teeth is called a scaler. Scraping sounds are normally heard by the patient, which is no cause of concern. The time required to scrape a single spot in a person's mouth repeatedly is directly proportional to the amount of tartar in the patient's mouth. Meaning that the more tartar there is, the more time would be required to scrape a single spot repeatedly. Plaque build up can normally be stopped by brushing and flossing. Tartar is basically formed due to considerable plaque buildup, which then hardens.
The process is relatively very safe but on rare occasions, patients get very small abrasions on their gum line. After complete removal of tartar, the hygienist brushes your teeth using a high powered electric toothbrush. A grinding noise is emitted, which occasionally causes the patient discomfort, but one has to remain very still. This is a very good way to remove any remaining residue tartar from the teeth. Once that is done, a granular toothpaste with very gritty consistency is used by the Hygienist to clean your teeth. It has the markings of regular toothpaste, but its gritty texture is actually very useful and effective for gentle scrubbing if the teeth. Teeth's polishing is safe to do twice a year, provided that it is done by a professional, as a professional would be very careful not to wear the enamel down harshly.
Flossing is the next step of the process, after scrubbing. Flossing your teeth at home is actually not as effective as getting a professional to do it. It is an effective method to remove any lingering traces of plaque from the cleaning process used earlier. Any remaining debris left is then washed out by rinsing the mouth, which is usually done with liquid fluoride. Fluoride treatment is then applied by the Hygienist, which is used to fend off cavities and protect your teeth for several months. A foamy gel is placed into a mouth piece by the Hygienist that fits over the patient's teeth, which is usually left there for about a minute.
Using a small brush, the teeth are also painted with a fluoride varnish. Hardening of this varnish is done immediately upon its contact with the saliva. Hence, eating and drinking can easily be done by the person afterwards. It's impossible to get any abrasion or wound on the gum line while this specific step is taking place. Professional cleaning being a safe procedure is a widely known fact. Depending upon the condition and health of the teeth and the dental hygienist, they are scheduled twice a year.
Despite the fluoride veneer present to protect their teeth against potential cavities, people usually have to take good care of their dental hygiene. But generally speaking, the dental cleaning process is not harmful to the gums at all as some people might believe. Teeth whitening provided at URBN dentals is one of the most effective oral treatments offered in Houston.
Dental Hygienists are responsible for the procedures that involve cleaning the mouth completely and thoroughly. They examine the mouth completely and only after that do they provide a full report on what exactly does a particular patient needs for proper oral health. Many people are wary of dental cleanings, and it is completely understandable. The procedure may include prodding, strange noises of the equipment or little machines and the occasional jaw discomfort. That is why it is easy to understand their apprehension. However, it is a general belief that teeth cleanings are simple and painless.
For most, the only possible thing that can happen is light and occasional scratching. If a person still feels uncomfortable or apprehensive then knowing exactly what is happening in the process would help to ease your stress. A dental cleaning includes several considerate steps, and there are chances of getting small nicks and cuts on the gums in the odd cases. The first step includes preparation. This constitutes a physical exam first. Most teeth cleanings are performed by dental hygienists.
Before the actual cleaning starts, the dental hygienists take a physical exam of your mouth. They use a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of inflamed gums or other potential concerns. Inflamed gums are caused in a condition known as gingivitis. If there are any potential concerns and problems, them the dental hygienist calls the dentist to confirm if it is fine to proceed with the cleaning.
After the physical exam, dental hygienists remove the plaque and tartar around the gum line. They use a small mirror to guide them in the person’s mouth. A scaler is used to remove the plaque on the teeth and between the teeth. The patient can hear the scraping sounds during this process, and it is actually normal. The more tartar there is in the patient's mouth, the more time it will need to scrape one spot repeatedly. Brushing and flossing normally stop plaque from building up.
After a considerable buildup, plaque hardens into tartar. This is a relatively safe process, but sometimes the patients get minor abrasions on their gum line. Once all the tartar is removed from your teeth, the hygienist brushes your teeth with a high power electric toothbrush. This makes a grinding noise and often causes the patients to shift in their seats. One always has to remain very still. This is a great way to remove any residue tartar from the teeth. After that, the dental hygienist cleans your teeth using granular toothpaste that has a very gritty consistency. It smells and tastes like regular toothpaste, but the gritty texture of it is actually very effective for gently scrubbing your teeth. It if is done by a professional, then the polishing of the teeth is safe to do twice a year.
A professional would be careful not to wear down the enamel harshly. After the scrubbing, the person has to undergo flossing. It's actually more effective to have a professional do it then trying to floss your teeth at home. It is very effective in removing any leftover plaque from the cleaning process earlier. After that, the person has to rinse his mouth to get rid of any debris still left in the mouth. This is usually done by liquid fluoride. After this, the dental hygienist applies a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used o protect your teeth from warding off cavities for several months.
The dental hygienist places a foamy gel into a mouthpiece that fits over one's teeth. It is usually left there for about a minute. Apart from the foamy gel, a fluoride varnish is also painted over the teeth using a small brush. This varnish hardens immediately after it comes into contact with the saliva. Therefore, a person can easily drink and eat afterwards. There is no way a person can get an abrasion or a wound on their gum line during this particular step. It is well known that professional cleanings are generally safe. They are scheduled twice a year, and this often depends on the condition of the teeth and the dental hygienist. People usually have to take better care of their oral hygiene even with the fluoride veneer there to protect their teeth against potential cavities. But as a whole, the process of dental cleaning is not harmful to the gums at all.
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I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.
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I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.
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I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.