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You Complete Guide to Teeth Cleaning

Dogwood Dental Care in Carbondale, Illinois offers teeth cleaning performed by a qualified dentist using high quality tools and products to ensure you receive excellent service. If you are unsure about the cleaning process, this article will help you understand all you need to know about it to make the process easier for you.


Types of Cleaning

There are different types of teeth cleaning. Typically, when you visit the dental office, our dentist will perform a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. You may need a different cleaning procedure depending on the needs that correspond to your current oral health. The following are the different types of teeth cleaning:


Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning is also known as prophylaxis and it is a preventive process in which our dentist eliminates stains, tartar and plaque from your teeth. The teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by the dentist to be compleeted in regular intervals, once or twice annually depending on your oral health.


Full Mouth Debridement

In rare cases, when there is significant tartar and plaque buildup making it difficult to complete an oral examination, our dentist may recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth.


Deep Cleaning

This type of cleaning is also called root and scaling planning. This teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, x-rays showing loss of teeth support and/or identification of deep gum pockets.


Periodontal Maintenance

This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by the dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. This process may be continued in different intervals as per the directions of our dentist after determining your oral health.


Frequency of Teeth Cleaning

Since every individual have different habits, the frequency of teeth cleaning will vary. After our dentist conducts a thorough examination of your oral health, you will be advised as to the recommended frequency of teeth cleaning.


The Process of Teeth Cleaning

It is normal to get nervous or apprehensive about going through a process which you don’t understand, especially when it involves dental care. If you know what to expect for your visit to the dentist office, it becomes less stressful. For a routine teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:  



Our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified further tests will be recommended if any issues are found. The dentist may also ask for your dental history and whether you have undergone a recent dental treatment. Once the examination has been done, the dentist will move on to start the process of teeth cleaning.  


Removal of Tartar and Plaque

Any teeth cleaning process will start with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process may take longer if you haven’t gotten your teeth cleaned professionally in a while. Plaque is usually reduced with regular brushing and flossing, but it doesn’t completely get eliminated.



After the tartar and plaque has been removed, our dentist will start polishing your teeth using toothpaste.  



Our dentist will start flossing your teeth. This step might feel unnecessary to you if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually important in the cleaning process. Flossing will help in removing any leftover debris and plaque that was missed in the first two steps of teeth cleaning.  


Rinsing and Fluoride Application

Finally, our dentist will rinse your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride treatment.


Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist office to get your teeth cleaned.

Some advantages are as follows:  


Improved Health

Numerous studies have determined that there is a link between overall health and oral health. Regular teeth cleaning from our qualified dentist can result in reducing your risk of various diseases.  


Tooth Loss Prevention

When plaque buildup is left unattended, it also results in gum disease which is a leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support in the jaw.


Cavities Prevention

Plaque, a white film that covers your tooth is one of the major causes of tooth decay. This is an acidic substance which starts eating away the enamel. If it is not removed regularly, the buildup results in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps in eliminating plaque to prevent cavities.  


Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleaning means improved oral health. Good oral health means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.  


Brighter Smile

The stains on your teeth are typically caused by consuming tobacco, wine, tea and coffee, among others. These stains can be removed with the help of teeth cleaning which will leave your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and more beautiful smile.  

Getting your teeth cleaned is essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Schedule your appointment at Dogwood Dental Care in Carbondale, Illinois and evaluate our quality services. Our dentist will answer all your concerns and questions to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Call us right now for an appointment or come to our office today. Our dentist is looking forward to meeting with you and will answer any questions you may have.