DENTAL CLEANINGS

Dental cleanings aim to remove any accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar) on the teeth.

The goals of dental cleanings are to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, both of which are due to bacteria in the oral cavity.

An exam is usually in done in conjunction with a dental cleaning to detect the presence of cavities, gum disease, and other oral problems or concerns.

Any modifications to your homecare techniques will also be discussed (i.e. tooth brushing and flossing technique)

Your dental cleaning may be performed by the dentist or dental hygienist



HEALTHY PERIODONTIUM ( GINGIVA AND BONE SUPPORT)

• Healthy pink gingiva ( gums ) that do not bleed when stimulated
• Bone level near the junction where enamel of crown ends and root begins
• Shallow periodontal pockets of 1-3mm in depth



UNHEALTHY PERIODONTIUM

• Inflamed gingiva that is red and bleeds easily from stimulation
• Deep periodontal pockets that harbor bacteria are more difficult to keep clean by tooth brushing and flossing (>3mm in depth)
• Loss of bone around roots of teeth
• Increased teeth sensitivity
• Increased mobility of teeth
• Increased space between teeth ( food traps )