Teeth cleaning or prophylaxis is a dental cleaning procedure carried out in Dr. Russell Borth’s office to carefully clean the teeth. Teeth cleaning is a vital dental treatment procedure for inhibiting the progression of gingivitis and periodontal diseases.
Gingivitis and periodontal disease occur when bacteria emerging from plaque take over the gum (gingival tissue). This colonization could be below or above the gum line. These colonies of bacteria result in serious irritation and inflammation which consequently lead to a chronic inflammatory response in the subject’s body. The body starts to destroy the gums and bone tissues systematically, making the teeth shift and eventually fall out in a later stage. If not attended to, the spaces between the teeth and gums grow deeper allowing more bacteria to grow in the deeper spaces. Hence, increasing the possibility of the bacteria traveling into the other parts of the body via the bloodstream.
Reasons for Teeth Cleaning
Teeth cleaning is an excellent procedure to keep the oral cavity in perfect health condition and also stop the progress of gum diseases.
Benefits of teeth cleaning include:
- Aesthetics – it is uncomfortable to smile about with yellow or stained teeth in your gum. Teeth cleaning help get rid of the unappealing stains that have always marred your confident smile attitude.
- Plaque Removal – plagues that form along the gum line can cause serious dental problems if left untreated. It can be impossible to remove bacteria and debris even if the best flossing and brushing homecare technique is used.
- Fresher Breath – periodontal disease is often accompanied by bad breath. The removal of calculus, plaque and bacterial greatly alleviate irritations and gives fresher breath.
- Identification of health problems – Many dental problems are discovered by the dentist when you go for teeth cleaning sessions. You get quick recommendation and medication before such oral diseases get out of hand.
What does Teeth cleaning involve?
Teeth cleaning process is generally performed in several stages;
- Removal of plaque – Plaque is a nearly invisible sticky film that forms on the teeth. As mentioned earlier, a plaque is a growing colony of living bacteria, saliva, and food debris. The toxins (poisons) that the bacteria release inflame the gums.
- Removal of tartar – tartar are regarded has hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for a long period of time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus develops either above or below the gum line and are hard that they can only be removed with dental instruments.
- Teeth polishing – Remove plaques and stains that were not removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
- Flossing – removes plaque and stimulates interproximal(in between teeth) gum tissue