Every day, our teeth are exposed to bacteria that discolor or soften the surface of our teeth. A conventional toothbrush, regardless of whether a hand-held or an electric toothbrush, does not sufficiently clean the surfaces that are susceptible to tartar. Bacteria collect on these surfaces, thus resulting in decay.
In such situations, only professional teeth cleaning (PTC) can clean these surfaces that are hard to reach by a toothbrush. Therefore, PTC by a dentist is of highest importance for the preservation of healthy and beautiful teeth and gums. PTC is a type of mechanical tooth cleaning that includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement, if too much tartar has accumulated. Special focus is placed on thoroughly cleaning the inter-dental spaces and removing all deposits.
What happens in professional teeth cleaning (PTC)
- Thorough examination of teeth and oral cavity.
- Determination of oral hygiene values (plaque index) in order to identify the areas that are vulnerable to decay or periodontal disease
- Removal of the hard and soft surface coating (tartar and plaque) on teeth, inter-dental spaces and gum line that is hard to reach with a toothbrush.
- Removal of stubborn tooth discolorations
- Proper treatment of implants
- Teeth polishing, dental brushing and dental floss
- The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protecting layer for your teeth to help fight against cavities for several months.
Importance of Professional Tooth Cleaning
1. Prevent cavities
The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
2. Stops tooth loss
Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the chance of this can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits.
3. Brighten your smile
Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth.
4. Freshen your breath
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning done is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odour-free.
5. Boost your overall health
Regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning 2 to 4 times per year as well as consistent dental hygiene measures at home not only prevent decay and periodontal disease, but also vascular and heart disease, which in many cases can be attributed to problems in the oral cavity.
Most dental hygienists recommend having the teeth professionally cleaned every six months. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during treatment of dental and other oral disorders. Routine examination of the teeth is recommended at least every year. This may include yearly, dental X-rays and other important check-ups.