Though you sense your teeth are clean through your routine teeth cleaning, some problems such as hardened deposits (tartar) or plaque cannot be removed by it.
As part of an annual dental check-up, teeth cleaning is a common oral care procedure necessary to be done at least twice a year to prevent unexpected or possible dental diseases and maintain your oral health.
WHY DENTAL CLEANING?
Dental cleanings are important to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. They are an essential part of everyone’s overall oral care routine, assisting in removing any plaque or tartar buildup (which can lead to future dental issues), like cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth decay. Such cleanings can also help clear any invisible teeth stains, uplifting your confidence and self-image to the fullest with the perfect smile and happy healthy living you desire.
DETAILS OF 4-STEP DENTAL CLEANING
At WIH International Hospital, our board-certified dentists with extensive experience and skills incorporate international standard dentistry technologies with advanced techniques to deliver comprehensive holistic dental care services that live up to each individual’s conditions and desires, including personalized 4-step dental cleanings:
Step 1: Oral Examination
Before the process begins, your dentist will perform a meticulous oral examination by inspecting your teeth, gums, and oral cavity for any signs of decay or other potential dental issues. In case of any significant issues (ex. signs of gum disease) suspected or detected, your dentist will collaborate with dental specialists to identify the issue for further special care if necessary. If your overall oral health is sound, our dentist will proceed with your teeth cleaning.
Step 2: Tooth Scaling (Plaque and Tartar Removal)
Your dentist will perform teeth scaling (prophylaxis) to remove plaque and tartar around your gum line and in between your teeth by utilizing a dental scaler. The more tartar there is in your oral cavity, the more time your dentist will require to scrape a particular area. This can also make your tooth surfaces brighter as the plaque (that makes your teeth become slightly yellowish) is softly scraped off.
Step 3: Tooth Polishing
Next, your dentist will perform teeth polishing to effectively clear all stains as well as any tartar that the dental scaler might have missed, thus making your teeth surfaces smooth. Once polishing is done, it is more difficult for plaque that cause tooth decay or gum disease to build up on your teeth. Thus, this step is not only a preventive but cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Step 4: Fluoride Treatment
Finally, your dentist will perform a fluoride treatment which serves as a protectant to help prevent cavities for several months. After that, you can return home immediately.
DETAILS OF DENTAL CLEANING PROCESS
Procedure Time: 30 mins - 1 hour depending on each individual’s tooth conditions
After procedure: You can return home immediately.
DENTAL CLEANING AFTERCARE
After the procedure, you need to avoid drinking or eating for 30 minutes for fluoride particles from your fluoride treatment to be effectively activated and coated onto your teeth.
1. How often are dental cleanings necessary?
Patients should make an appointment for a dental cleaning every 6 months. Whilst this is ideal for most people, some people may need to come more often, like every 3 months, depending on their styles of living and eating.