As the name implies, “dental cleaning” simply means cleaning your teeth, so that they are healthy and beautiful.
A tooth cleaning is necessary to remove dental plaque and deposits from your teeth. It is essential to prevent dental cavities / dental caries, gum diseases such as gingivitis, and tooth diseases such as periodontitis.
Teeth cleaning is also important to remove dental tartar / mineralized plaque. Dental tartar may develop, especially in hard to reach areas, even with regular careful brushing and flossing.
The teeth cleaning services we provide at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental include:
- Scaling: Tooth scaling is the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth.
- Planing: Root planing is a specific treatment to remove hardened cementum and surface dentin that is impregnated with calculus, microorganisms and their toxins.
- Polishing: Tooth polishing is done to smoothen the surface of the tooth. When the tooth surface is smooth, it makes it more difficult for plaque to attach and accumulate.
- Debridement: Tooth debridement is done if there is excess tartar accumulation. For debridement we use instruments such as ultrasonic debrider and mild chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide to loosen and remove the tartar deposits from the teeth.
If you are looking for personalized, high quality teeth cleaning services to fit your needs, please call Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center. We will be happy to discuss with you in detail and provide you more information.
Did you know that, for optimum oral hygiene, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends regular teeth cleaning by a professional dental care provider at least annually? (Source: http://cdc.gov/nohss/guideTC.htm ).