Dental Cleaning Specialist

Roach Family Dentistry & Associates -  - Dentist

Roach Family Dentistry & Associates

Dentists & Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentists located in Green Hills, Nashville, TN

Experts recommend having a professional teeth cleaning and examination at least twice a year to insure optimum oral health. Roach Family Dentistry, located in Nashville, Tennessee offers dental cleanings and exams for patients of all ages in throughout the greater Nashville area.

Dental Cleaning

Why Do I Need My Teeth Cleaned?

Even those who practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis cannot do as thorough of a job as a professional cleaning. Teeth that are close together can be hard to floss, while a condition like arthritis might make it difficult to reach all areas of the mouth. Children are notoriously less likely to give dental hygiene the time and attention required. Finally, even regular brushing can’t eliminate tartar once it is deposited on the teeth. For all of these reasons, regular professional cleanings are a good idea.

What Are the Steps of a Professional Cleaning?

After an examination of the mouth and X-rays if necessary, the dental hygienist typically uses an ultrasonic device for the initial cleaning. The mild ultrasonic vibrations and sprays of cool water wash away large pieces of tartar. Each tooth is then cleaned individually with special tools that remove plaque and remaining tartar. The teeth will be flossed and polished with a mild abrasive, then thoroughly rinsed. Fluoride may be applied to provide further protection.

Isn’t Professional Cleaning Just for Cosmetic Reasons?

Not at all. Professional cleanings benefit both a patient’s oral and overall health. The primary reason for a professional cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar. Plaque — the sticky film that builds up on teeth over time — contributes to the formation of tartar, which allows calcium deposits to harden on the tooth surface. Plaque and tartar allow bacteria to sit on the surface of the teeth and secrete acids that damage tooth enamel and contribute to decay and gum disease. In addition, research shows that poor dental hygiene increases the risk of not only oral health problems but also heart disease, stroke, and bone loss.

Does Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

A professional cleaning is almost never painful. Some people with extremely sensitive teeth might feel mild discomfort and others notice the scraping sensation as the tartar is removed. If a patient does feel any pain or discomfort, it’s important to let the hygienist know immediately, as it may signal a problem. If the procedure is uncomfortable, there are strategies to minimize discomfort.