dental prophylaxis (aka teeth cleaning)
Accumulation of calculus (calcified plaque deposits) occurs when plaque has had the opportunity to mineralize and form a rough, solid deposit. This can happen both above and below the gum line. These deposits are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which directly results in inflammation of the gum tissues. This accumulation can also increase the risk of new caries.
Teeth cleaning, professionally referred to as dental prophylaxis, is performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist. A periodontal examination is first performed to evaluate the health of the gum tissues. If deposits are discovered below the gum line and are accompanied by bleeding and deeper pockets you may be in need of scaling and root planing (gum therapy).
However, if it is determined that standard dental prophylaxis is the most appropriate method of teeth cleaning for you, this is accomplished with both manual and ultrasonic tooth scaling tools. Thorough removal of all debris is achieved and finished with a polish that leaves your teeth feeling clean, fresh and smooth.
But that’s not all that’s happening at your appointment. The hygienist is also performing an oral cancer screening to ensure that all surfaces appear free of suspicious lesions. In addition to that, your hygienist is also reviewing any changes in your health history to best discuss the correlations in your oral and overall health.
An examination by your dentist will also be performed during your cleaning appointment to ensure that your teeth are healthy and cavity free. Any recommendations for treatment are explained as well as the benefits of necessary restorations.
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends professional teeth cleaning occur at least twice per year to ensure the prevention of cavities and the protection of your oral health. Our registered dental hygienists are skilled in providing dental prophylaxis for patients. Discover the satisfaction of a great teeth cleaning when you book your next dental prophylaxis with Metro Dental Care.
the details of dental prophylaxis
Professional teeth cleaning goes beyond what you expect from your toothbrush and floss. A dental hygienist will use specialized instruments to remove these calcium deposits. Some of the instruments used during the cleaning are:
- Ultrasonic Equipment
- Fine Hand Tools
- Teeth Polishing Agents
Metropolitan Dental Care’s hygienists are equipped with the most modern equipment and techniques to provide comfortable and efficient cleanings. Our hygienists follow a comfort protocol which includes headphones, personal televisions, and even sunglasses, if you want them, to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during your cleaning.