Types of Tooth Cleaning

A lot of people think teeth cleaning is a simple dental procedure that they do not need to focus on. What they may not realize is that there are a variety of procedures used to clean the teeth. No two people have the same teeth and dental conditions. There are some people who are highly invested in maintaining good oral hygiene. There are also some people who have a good oral routine but they let a couple of months to pass before they set their dental appointment. There are varying factors that may affect the type of tooth cleaning received. With this in mind, here is a short description of the different types of dental cleaning available today:

Superficial cleaning

This type of cleaning is the most common of all. Designed to remove any stains on the teeth surface, you can consider this as a routine cleaning method. A prophy jet or an ultrasonic instrument is employed to carry out this type of cleaning method.

Normal routine cleaning

It is recommended to undergo a routine cleaning twice per year, or every six months. This helps regulate the proper maintenance of your teeth. For this cleaning method, hand instruments and ultrasonic scaler are used for removing tartar on, above, and below your gum line. Superficial cleaning is a part of this method.

Debridement cleaning

If you have not visited the dentist in some time (over a year) this is the cleaning you will probably receive. This is also recommended if the minerals or heavy calculus have accumulated under the gum line and have already become attached to the roots and teeth.

Routine periodontal cleaning

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or have high levels of plaque and calculus, you could benefit from a periodontal cleaning. Scaling or root planning is carried out to prevent tooth loss.

When you visit the dental office, your dentist will first evaluate how much tartar or calculus your teeth have. With this information handy, your dentist can recommend the best type of cleaning that will give you the maximum impact and save your teeth from any future harm. Call us today if you have any questions or want to schedule a cleaning appointment.