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Dental Cleaning

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, CA

Having regular professional dental cleaning appointments is one of the best things you can do to enjoy optimal oral health at every age. During your dental cleaning, your dentist removes plaque, tartar, and stains while preventing gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. As a top dentist practice in Valencia, California, and the Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry uses state-of-the-art techniques to prevent periodontal disease and other problems. Call or book online today to schedule your cleaning.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

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.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

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.

What are the signs of gum disease?

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:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore, swollen, red gums
  • Sore teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Sour taste in the mouth

How is gum disease treated?

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.