Professional teeth cleaning is not an alternative but a supplement to routine at-home brushing and flossing.
Your dentist, with the help of special equipment, is able to reach and clean where your ordinary toothbrush can’t, helping you get rid of bacteria-harboring plaque and tartar that may have accumulated on your teeth and under the gum line for months or even years.
Here are benefits of keeping your teeth free of plaque and tartar:
- Prevents tooth loss – Plaque is a notorious culprit behind gum disease, which may weaken the supporting bone in your jaw and cause tooth fall out if left untreated.
- Prevents cavity – The acidic nature of plaque makes it a threat to the enamel and may result in dental cavities if left unattended.
- Brightens your smile – Tartar can give your teeth an unsightly hue that may wreck your smile and lower your self-esteem.
What happens during teeth cleaning?
Teeth cleaning is usually made up of three steps – removal of plaque and tartar; brushing; and flossing.
During the first step, a sharp-edged tool called a scaler is used to mechanically scrape off the tartar and plaque sticking on your teeth and under the gum line.
Brushing is done using an electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste. Your mouth will be rinsed clean after this step and flossing performed after using a special flossing string.