Dental Teeth Cleaning in NYC
Mostly everyone enjoys that fresh and clean feeling that you get after having your teeth professionally cleaned. The American Dental Association recommends that all patients come in at least twice a year for professional cleanings.
But what actually happens during a professional dental cleaning? During the dental cleaning we will remove plaque and tartar that forms on and between the teeth and under the gums. Why is this important?
Everyone has normal bacteria in their mouth. Bacteria by itself, is not our problem. When we eat, some remnants of the food are left between, and on the teeth. It also gets under the gums. These remnants of food particles, along with bacteria are known as plaque. Bacteria live off of the sugars in the food, and produce an acid causing tooth decay and gum disease.
Plaque that is not removed with brushing and flossing, eventually hardens into tartar. As the tartar, plaque and bacteria increase, the gums can become inflamed. This is called gingivitis. A sign of this is bleeding when you brush. Healthy gums do not bleed from brushing.
What can a professional dental teeth cleaning do that I cannot do at home? Why do I need a professional teeth dental cleaning?
It is virtually impossible to remove all of the plaque that forms between the teeth and under the gums at home with just a toothbrush and floss. During a professional cleaning, the hygienist or dentist uses more advanced instruments to get into these areas. Additionally, once the plaque and bacteria turn into tartar, is impossible to remove this hard substance with a toothbrush and floss alone.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned professionally?
As stated earlier, the ADA recommends having a professional clean your teeth every 6 months or twice a year. However, if you have gum disease, or have been treated in the past for gum disease, the ADA recommends that you come in every 3 months for a cleaning.
In our practice, we have many patients that report that they do not like flossing. They admit that they do not do it as often as they should, which is once a day. For these patients, we recommended that they come in every 3 months for cleaning, in lieu of their more diligent flossing schedule.
What might happen if you skip a dental teeth cleaning?
When you skip a dental cleaning, you get more buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and then under the gums. This results in more buildup of bacteria and increased chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Under what circumstances will a dentist recommend a deep cleaning?
When we observe gum disease during your visit we will often recommended a deep cleaning. In its early stages, gum disease may be reversible with a deep cleaning. Stay tuned for an additional blog that talks just about deep cleaning. For now, a deep cleaning involves a more aggressive cleaning such that we clean deeper between the teeth and the gums where bacteria has penetrated.
Will a professional teeth cleaning make my teeth whiter?
As you probably recall from his previous cleanings, the last stage involved polishing the teeth. This process does not make the teeth any whiter, but restores the normal color of your teeth by removing any stains.
Why are we the best NYC Dentist office for your teeth cleaning?
At Sachar Dental NYC, we take cleaning very seriously. We schedule every patient for a 1 hour visit with our hygienist and dentist. Many offices do not schedule this amount of time. We take our time yet do a very thorough job. We use many tactics, methods, and our experience to reduce the amount of discomfort experienced during our cleanings. Most patients report a pain-free cleaning. Another question we get often is should the dentist perform the cleaning versus a hygienist. At Sachar Dental NYC, our hygienists and dentists are both equally qualified to perform a cleaning. Our hygienists have had extensive training at recognizing and treating gum disease. There are all very passionate about their profession.