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Types of Dental Cleanings

Leaning about the different kinds of dental cleanings will help you to communicate more effectively with your dentist to maintain their good oral health. Here, our Toronto offices explain how each sort of dental cleaning procedure is carried out.

Different Types of Dental Cleanings

Two times a year, you should visit your dentist for a teeth cleaning in order to help maintain your teeth and to make sure that no major oral health concerns have arisen in your mouth.

However, did you know that your dentist may employ a variety of cleaning techniques depending on your specific oral healthcare needs. 

When you understand the many kinds of oral health cleaning treatments, you will be better able to appreciate and engage with the terminology your dentist is using in addition to what it takes to maintain your oral health and keep your smile bright and clean.

Prophylaxis Cleaning

Prophylaxis cleanings are routine cleanings that are meant to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth beneath your gum line and between your teeth. This kind of cleaning is most common for patients who have an overall health mouth and who practice good oral hygiene. On top of this, prophylaxis cleanings can remove surface stains from your teeth.

This cleaning will most likely be performed at one of your regularly scheduled dental appointments. It is also usually performed by a dental hygienist, but your dentist has the skills and knowledge to perform a prophylaxis cleaning too if need be.

Gross Debridement

If you haven't visited a dentist in a while you will likely have a fair amount of plaque and tartar built up on your mouth, on your gums, on your tongue and between your teeth. A deep cleanings, also called a gross debridement, is the procedure that eliminates plaque and tartar from all the areas of your mouth.

Your dentist will inspect your mouth to determine whether or not you require a gross debridement cleaning procedure. If necessary, a thorough debridement is carried out prior to the administration of a normal prophylaxis.

Scaling and Root Planing

Patients who are suffering from gum disorders and diseases like gingivitis are frequent; recommended this cleaning that, while more intrusive, is non surgical.

Your dentist will do a thorough cleaning of your gums, gum line, and any other tissues that support your teeth. It may take many dental sessions to finish the cleaning since they need to smooth out the surface of your tooth root as well as remove any plaque and tartar that has formed on it.

Periodontal Maintenance

Patients who are suffering from common oral health issues like periodontitis will usually need periodontal care in order to help keep their illnesses under control and prevent them from advancing. 

These individuals often require many visits over a specific length of time or until all oral health concerns have been addressed in order for the dentist to thoroughly clean their whole mouth.

Is it time for a dental cleaning? Are you curious about what dental cleaning option is right for you? Contact our Toronto offices for a consultation and to book your next appointment.

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