dental visits are an important part of your oral hygiene regimen!
Dental cleanings are designed not just to polish your teeth,
but also to remove debris that you may have missed while brushing
and flossing. During your dental exam, your dentist will also
check for signs of dental problems. Your oral health is connected
to your overall health, making it even more important for
you to stay on top of your dental care!
Most of us know that in order to maintain total health, good
oral health is essential. There is an increasing amount of
literature and scientific research showing the link between
oral and overall health. With the evidence mounting, dental
cleanings are probably on your mind. Here are some facts about
Two Times Per Year
You are probably aware that most dentists recommend that
you get a professional dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, every
six months. The term prophylaxis simply means taking steps
to prevent disease or health problems.
The term dental prophylaxis means the "removal of dental
plaque, dental calculus, and stains from the exposed and unexposed
surfaces of the teeth by scaling and polishing as a preventive
measure for the control of local irritants."
This is what your dentist will do during your professional
dental cleaning. You can also get a detailed check-up done
during this appointment to ensure that you don't have any
cavities or tooth decay.
You've probably experienced a dental exam where the dentist
spends time scraping away at your teeth. It's called dental
scaling and root planing, and it's necessary for most patients
to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
In the past, scaling was done by hand -- and it's still a
common procedure in dentistry today. Performed with a metal
instrument known as a scaler, your dentist scrapes your teeth
and under your gums to remove what your toothbrush might have
But now there's an easier way for your dentist to give you
a gleaming smile! Ultrasonic dental cleaning is available
to remove more dental tartar in less time, with no metal scraping!
Shake It Up!
Twice a Year, Every Year
• Faster than traditional cleanings
• May be used for gum disease
• Can even remove tooth stains!
During ultrasonic dental cleaning, we use an instrument called
an ultrasonic scaler. The scaler distributes ultrasonic vibrations
to literally blast dental tartar, or dental calculus, off
of your teeth! As the ultrasonic scaler vibrates, it produces
sound waves to break apart stubborn calculus. Water flows
out of the tip's end to wash away debris and keep the scaler
from overheating. Although you won't feel the vibrations or
hear the sound waves, you'll most likely notice that your
teeth feel cleaner. And we will have significantly reduced
the amount of dental plaque bacteria that causes most dental
You may be interested in ultrasonic cleaning if:
You have a large buildup of dental tartar:
Over time, the bacteria and dental plaque in your mouth form
hard deposits of calculus, leading to tooth decay if left
untreated. Unfortunately, your toothbrush isn't going to help
-- only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove calculus
from your teeth.
You have periodontal disease: Ultrasonic dental cleaning
is used to remove dental calculus from under the gum line
as well. As plaque creeps beneath the gums, it forms pockets
of calculus that attack the surrounding gum and bone tissue.
The result is gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth
loss. Scaling is usually the first type of gum disease treatment
used to battle periodontal disease, and it can easily be performed
with an ultrasonic dental cleaning system.
The Wave of the Future
Ultrasonic dental cleaning offers both the dentist and patient
- Using state-of-the-art ultrasonic dental cleaning equipment
cuts down on the time it takes for scaling and root planing
by removing more dental calculus at once.
- The procedure is often effective in limiting the progression
of the early stages of gum disease.
- Scaling isn't painful and can usually be done without local
anesthesia or sedation dentistry. If you do experience sensitivity,
we can provide options to make you more comfortable.
- Ultrasonic dental cleaning is so powerful it can reduce
the appearance of tooth stains!
Ultrasonic cleaning should be combined with hand scaling
for optimal effects. The ultrasonic scaler is primarily designed
to remove only large deposits of dental calculus, leaving
your dentist to manually remove any tartar that's left behind.
human to take your health for granted. When you're young and
carefree, it's easy to believe that you'll feel vibrant and
strong forever. Unfortunately, things break down when you
neglect them -- your teeth and gums included.
When you don't brush or floss regularly, dental plaque, a
sticky film filled with bacteria, forms on your teeth. Dental
plaque can infect your gums and the sulcus, the v-shaped crevice
just below the gum line.
At this stage, the infection is called gingivitis if it progresses,
it's called periodontitis. Both are forms of periodontal disease,
also known as gum disease.