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Teeth Cleaning

What Is Teeth Cleaning?

Teeth Cleaning

What Is Teeth Cleaning?

Did you know that an average person has about 12 damaged or lost teeth by the time they turn 50? One of the primary reasons for tooth loss is poor oral hygiene, which results in cavities and gum disease. That is why at Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic, we recommend you get a routine teeth cleaning in Dubai every six months to keep your teeth in top condition.

Why Do You Require Dental Cleaning?

Teeth Cleaning

Why Do You Require Dental Cleaning?

Every day, our teeth are under attack by oral bacteria. These bacteria colonize in the form of a yellow, sticky film on the surface of the enamel called plaque. With regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleaning, chances of plaque forming on your teeth can be eliminated. However, if you ignore your dental care, the plaque hardens into tartar or calculus, which cannot be safely removed at home. If you do not get your teeth cleaned at this stage, there is a high chance that you will develop gum disease, a serious chronic inflammation of the gums.

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What Does Dental Cleaning in Dubai Involve?

A dental cleaning procedure is simple, pain-free, and non-invasive. At Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic, we will first check your mouth for cavities, tooth injuries, gum disease, or signs of oral cancer. We will then perform a basic cleaning of your teeth.

Dental cleaning involves the use of an assortment of specialized dental instruments, including a mirror, a fine instrument called a scaler, a suction unit, and a tooth polisher. Here is what the procedure involves.

  • We may use an ultrasonic device that causes vibrations that will dislodge the larger pieces of plaque or tartar from your teeth.
  • We will then use scalers to scrape off the stubborn bits of plaque and food debris from your teeth and other hard-to-reach places like the tiny gaps between your teeth, around and beneath your gum line, and the nooks and crannies of your dental restorations (if any).
  • Next, we will use the tooth polisher to gently scrub the surface of your teeth so that it becomes smooth and shiny and prevents the bacteria from re-attaching to your teeth.
  • Once you have rinsed your teeth, we will professionally floss your teeth to make sure no debris is left in your mouth.

Keep in mind that if you have sensitive gums, they may bleed a little during the flossing. However, that is not a cause for concern. Throughout the cleaning, we will also keep irrigating your mouth and sucking out the water through a suction hose.

Difference Between Dental Cleaning and Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

Simple dental cleaning is a preventive process that ensures the continued good health of your mouth. Most people who have generally good health need to come in for their dental cleaning every six months.

On the other hand, periodontal scaling and root planing is a more intensive and invasive process than dental cleaning and is performed to fight active gum disease. The procedure, also known as periodontal maintenance, is done to stop the progression of gum disease and prevent it from re-emerging.

People who are undergoing periodontal maintenance require more frequent visits to our dental clinic in Dubai because of increased chances of bacterial re-infection.

Why Are Dental Scaling and Root Planing Needed?

When plaque is allowed to proliferate, it will spread below the gum line. This causes inflammation and tenderness of the gums as well as bad breath and a foul taste in the mouth. In the early and moderate stages of gum disease, gum tissue starts to break down and your tooth roots become exposed. To prevent this, we at Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic recommend dental scaling and root planing.

Dental Scaling and Root Planing: We will use dental scalers to remove the calcified plaque from your tooth and beneath the gum line. We will then perform root planing, which involves removing the damaged cementum and a fine layer of dentin from your tooth root. The cementum is a bone-like tissue that covers the tooth root while the dentin is the yellowish layer underneath the enamel. This will make your tooth root smooth and prevent bacteria from adhering to it again.

Once the plaque is removed, the gums are allowed to heal and you will get a healthy and bright smile once again.

People who have chronic periodontal disease need to visit Dr. Paul’s Dental Cleaning every two to four months for periodontal maintenance before the bacteria has the chance to colonize.

Benefits of Dental Cleaning

A positive commitment to the wellbeing of your teeth affects your dental health as well as your oral health. Some pros of dental cleaning are:

  • It reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • It stops the transmission of bacteria from your mouth to someone else’s. This can happen if you use the same utensils.
  • It prevents bad breath and increases your self-confidence.
  • People who have heart disease, particularly heart valve diseases, need to keep their gums free of gingivitis.
  • Pregnant women with periodontal disease are at a greater danger of premature deliveries and low birth weight.

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  • What is the teeth cleaning process?

    The dentist starts by removing tartar from your teeth. This is done with a small metal tool or an ultrasonic vibration device. After all the tartar and stains have been removed, you will be asked to rinse your mouth. Your teeth will then be polished by the dentist using a special paste. Your mouth might taste funny after the polishing, but a good rinsing will solve the problem. Dental floss is then used to clean between your teeth and to loosen up any particles that are between your teeth. The dentist will finish off with a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth.

  • What’s the difference between teeth cleaning and periodontal scaling and root planing?

    Periodontal scaling and root planing are much more intensive forms of tooth cleaning and are used for people with signs of gum disease. If you have loose teeth, deep gum pockets, bleeding gums, or plaque and tartar below the gum line, then regular teeth cleaning will not suffice.

  • What happens if I don’t get my teeth cleaned?

    When harmful bacterial build-up accumulates on your teeth, they release acids that cause the enamel to erode and inflame gums. This can result in tooth decay, periodontal disease, and discolouration of your teeth. 

  • What are the benefits of dental cleaning?

    Teeth cleaning can help to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. It also prevents the need for more complicated and expensive dental procedures that may arise in the future.

  • Is the teeth cleaning process painful?

    No, the procedure is not painful in any way. You will only feel some pressure and vibrations as the dentist scrapes the cleaning tool against your teeth. If you find the vibration discomforting, you can inform the dentist and he will do everything possible to set you at ease.

  • How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

    At Dr Paul’s, we recommend that you come in for a professional dental cleaning every 6 months if you deal with oral health issues, such as gum disease.

  • Why should I get my teeth cleaned by a dentist?

    Teeth cleaning gives your teeth a deep clean while removing harmful tartar that damages your teeth and leads to mouth issues like gum disease. Teeth cleaning cannot be done at home; you need a professional dentist to perform the procedure.

  • Why should I get my teeth cleaned?

    Regular teeth cleaning at the dentist along with your regular oral hygiene habits will keep tooth decay at bay and ensure optimum dental health.

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