Professional teeth cleaning by a dentist or registered dental hygenist (RDH) is a procedure that removes tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
Good oral hygiene helps to prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and gum disease.
Your dentist and hygienist will recommend a cleaning frequency and oral hygiene regimen based on your individual needs. While most dentists and dental hygienists recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, more frequent cleaning may be necessary for patients wearing braces, diagnosed with gum disease, or simply having difficulty keeping their teeth clean due to various reasons. Routine examination of the teeth is recommended to detect oral disease early. This may include yearly dental X-rays to check for conditions that are not detectable by visual inspection.
For most people, having their teeth cleaned causes no discomfort. Some may experience minimal sensitivity, but rarely serious pain. If you experience sensitivity or anxiety during routine cleaning, be sure to talk to your dentist or hygienist about options for reducing or minimizing pain during treatment. Typical options include:
- Topical anesthetic: A topical anesthetic gel applied to teeth and gums may temporary numb the gums during cleaning.
- Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas): Nitrous oxide can be used to lower anxiety during cleaning and also minimize a sensitive gag reflex.
- Local Anesthetics (freezing) : Regional local anesthetics can be administered for patients with severe sensitivity prior to cleaning.
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