Dental Cleanings in Brentwood, TN
What are dental cleanings?
Professional dental cleanings allow for the complete removal of plaque, tartar, and biofilm that accumulates in the oral cavity. The prolonged presence of plaque, tartar, and biofilm can put you at risk for gum disease. While a solid homecare routine is important, professional teeth cleanings are necessary to ensure a healthy mouth and smile.
What to expect at a teeth cleaning appointment?
Each dental cleaning appointment includes a thorough review of your medical history, diagnostic 2D and 3D images, and the removal of tartar, plaque, and biofilm that accumulates over time.
Dental cleaning typically involves the following steps:
- Examination – Before cleaning, we visually examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of dental issues or changes since your last visit. We also take diagnostic 2D and 3D images.
- Scaling – We use a small handheld instrument called a scaler or an ultrasonic device to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth, including along the gum line and between teeth. This process may produce scraping sounds, but it is usually painless.
- Cleaning and Polishing – After scaling, your teeth cleaning dentist uses a high-powered electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste to clean and polish your teeth. This helps remove surface stains and leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.
- Flossing – Your dental professional flosses teeth, reaching areas difficult to clean with a toothbrush. This step removes any remaining plaque or debris between your teeth and helps ensure thorough cleaning.
For those diagnosed with gingivitis, the same treatment is completed with more frequent visits until the gingivitis is cured. For those diagnosed with periodontal disease, a deep cleaning is recommended, with more frequent follow-up and maintenance visits to ensure that the disease is stabilized.