Your cleaning starts with a review of any symptoms you might be having, followed by a visual assessment of your teeth and gums to look for any obvious problems. Then the hygienist uses special instruments and mild abrasives to gently clean the surfaces of every tooth, paying extra attention to the spaces between your teeth and the area along the gum line – places where plaque and tartar are more likely to hide and be missed by brushing and flossing. During the cleaning, the hygienist looks for areas where you need to improve your brushing and flossing so they can provide tips on how to improve your techniques.
Once the cleaning is done, you might have X-rays or fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities. Some cleanings use lasers to reach below the gum line and remove bacteria that can cause advanced gum disease and even tooth loss. If your teeth are very sensitive, you may be offered a mild sedative to help you stay relaxed during your appointment.
You should have your teeth cleaned professionally every six months. Twice-yearly cleanings are important for identifying gum disease, decay, and other problems in their early stages, and they’re also important for keeping your teeth looking their best by removing superficial stains and getting rid of hard, yellow tartar.
In the very early stages of gum disease, you may have no signs or symptoms at all. That’s one reason why having regular dental cleanings is so important – they make it possible for your dentist to identify gum disease in its earliest stages so it can be treated. As gum disease progresses, it causes symptoms like:
In the early stages of gum disease, frequent cleanings can help remove tartar and help restore the gums. This enables them to reattach to the surfaces of the teeth to prevent bacteria from traveling to the root pockets. In later stages, deep-cleaning techniques called root planing and scaling can help. At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we use special lasers to clean below the gums with less tissue trauma compared to traditional cleaning techniques so you can heal faster.
At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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