Dental Cleaning: Wash Out the Plaque in Your Mouth

Dental Cleaning: Wash Out the Plaque in Your Mouth

Posted by John H. Ko, DDS on Dec 16 2021, 06:19 AM

Plaque can be found between your teeth, behind your teeth, and even below your gum line. 

Despite practicing regular oral hygiene, plaque can still form in your mouth due to several underlying factors. Therefore, getting a professional dental cleaning is essential for ensuring your long-term oral health.

Dr. John H. Ko, DDS, in Pleasanton, California, provides a wide range of dental care services, including dental cleanings to ensure the well-being of our patients.

Importance of Dental Cleaning

The formation of plaque dulls the shine of your teeth and, once hardened into tartar, plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease. 

By getting regular dental cleanings, you can avoid the risk of tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy.  

Dental Cleaning Process

Dental cleaning is often a painless procedure. It might cause slight discomfort because having a foreign object in their mouth is bound to make most people uncomfortable. Apart from that, there is a minimal chance of pain. 

Getting familiar with the process will ease your concerns related to it. A dental cleaning includes the following steps:

  • Physical Exam: Dental cleanings are often performed by dental hygienists. The hygienist makes sure there is no major problem in your mouth by using a small mirror to examine your teeth and gums. 
  • Plaque and Tartar Removal: With the help of the mirror, the hygienist uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. The time taken depends on the amount of tartar present in a particular area.
  • Flossing:An expert flossing session will remove any leftover plaque in your mouth. 
  • Rinsing: You have to rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove any debris left.
  • Fluoride Treatment:Fluoride will be applied to your teeth to fight against tooth decay and cavities.

How Often Do You Need a Dental Cleaning?

As far as the recommendations go, you should get a dental cleaning twice a year. However, how often you should get one also depends on your oral health. A person prone to dental issues should get a dental cleaning more frequently, while a healthy person can get it once every year. 

Consult with your dentist to understand how often you require a dental cleaning. 

If you are considering a dental cleaning procedure, call (925) 847-8790 to schedule an appointment at John H. Ko, DDS, or visit our dental office at 5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd #200, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

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