What usually comes to mind when most people think about professional teeth-cleanings, is the type of cleaning your hygienist does for preventative oral health care twice when you go to the dental office. However, that is not the only kind of professional teeth-cleaning done at the South Riding best dentist office. Periodontal cleanings are also done but for a different reasons.
Dental cleanings and periodontal cleanings are both professional cleanings that are conducted at your local South Riding best dentist office. They both aim to achieve good oral health but that is the only similarity they share. The main goal of each is completely different. Prophylaxis, which is the formal name for a professional teeth cleanings that are done by your hygienist for preventative dental care purposes. It is done to help maintain good oral health and to prevent potential oral health future problems from happening. This type of cleaning is only performed on patients with good oral health. To qualify to get this type of teeth-cleaning, the patient needs to have good oral health. They cannot have any bleeding nor any mobility of teeth, receded areas or exposed teeth. During this dental cleaning, a professional hygienist like ours at Nik Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, will use a special dental tool to remove plaque, tartar and other substances from the patient’s teeth and gums. This helps to prevent periodontal (gum disease) from ever occurring. However, if a patient has periodontal disease, he or she will need to get a periodontal cleaning (also known as periodontal maintenance). Unlike prophylaxis which is done for preventative purposes, the periodontal cleaning is done to treat periodontal disease. This deep cleaning is usually performed by a periodontist instead of a hygienist and is done to thoroughly clean the teeth to stop periodontal disease from progressing. Periodontal cleanings usually needs to be done approximately three to four times per year, but the exact amount of time will vary.
To learn more about teeth cleaning, you should consult with our expert hygienist. Contact our South Riding best dentist office today to book your appointment.