A dental cleaning is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. It is recommended that patients get a professional cleaning every six months along with periodic exams.
A "deep cleaning" (also known as Scaling and Root-planning) is required when there is extra buildup of plaque and tartar along the gum line. The dentist will clean between the gums and the teeth down to the roots to remove the excess. You may not be aware that you have a problem until your gums and the supporting bone are seriously damaged. Using the latest technology and Digital X-rays, Dr. Nazarian will determine if a "deeper cleaning" is required during a checkup. The dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth. Planning and Root-scaling causes little or no discomfort.
- Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum.
- Floss every night in an up and down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid sticky sugary foods.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed.
- Sealants placed on young permanent teeth.