Hillcrest Family Dentistry
Jas Bhattal, DDS
General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Smile Direct Club located in Drayton, SC
Undergoing professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year is one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious oral health problems. At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, general and cosmetic dentist Jas Bhattal, DDS, and the team provide comprehensive teeth cleanings in a warm, welcoming environment. To schedule an appointment at the Drayton, South Carolina, practice, book online or call the office today.
Teeth Cleaning Q&A
What is teeth cleaning?
Teeth cleaning is a type of preventive dentistry that removes plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line. In addition, it presents an opportunity to ask questions, discuss any unusual symptoms, and build a relationship with your dentist.
Teeth cleaning is a relatively quick process. Most appointments take 45 minutes or less and require no downtime. Once you’re finished, you can return to work, school, or other routine activities right away.
What does teeth cleaning involve?
At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, the team tailors teeth cleaning to each individual’s needs. That said, most appointments follow the same basic structure:
Before cleaning your teeth, the team conducts a comprehensive oral exam. Using a handheld mirror, they carefully assess the condition of your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. If the team detects any cavities, gum disease, or other potential problems, they can order additional tests or make treatment recommendations.
Removal of plaque and tartar
If your teeth, gums, and tongue appear healthy, the cleaning begins. A dental hygienist or dental technician uses a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. You might hear some scraping during this part of your appointment, but it’s nothing to worry about. If you brush and floss regularly, the removal of plaque and tartar only takes a few minutes.
Cleaning with a gritty toothpaste
After removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, the team uses an electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste to polish them. The grainy consistency allows for a deep clean and makes your teeth white and shiny.
Next, the team flosses your teeth. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from the spaces between your teeth. It also massages your gums and helps lower the risk of periodontal disease.
If you have weak tooth enamel or a history of cavities, the team might recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that’s sometimes found in tap water. It helps strengthen your teeth, lowering your risk of decay and other problems.
How often do I need to participate in teeth cleaning?
If you want to keep your smile in optimal condition, it’s important to participate in a professional teeth cleaning once every six months.
Many oral health problems, including tooth decay and gum disease, present few symptoms. Regular visits to Hillcrest Family Dentistry can alert you to potentially serious issues before they affect your health.
To request your next teeth cleaning, contact the team at Hillcrest Family Dentistry. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.