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What is Teeth Cleaning? | Dentist in West Frisco

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A dentist is a specialist who works on your gums, gum line, gum tissues, teeth and oral cavity to keep them in the best of health and make sure that there is no tooth decay. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for a healthy body as they form the entry point for all the nutrients that you eat in food.

When most people think of a dentist, there is an inherent ‘fear’ of the dentist’s drilling machine, isn’t it? But, did you know, dentists also perform maintenance and preventive treatments that are more like servicing your vehicle or your appliances to keep them healthy and prevent any damage?

Regular teeth cleaning

A standard tooth cleaning also known as prophylaxis (or a prophy), is a normal dental procedure. Special tools are used to remove the buildup plaque, and stains from the teeth.

A periodic prophy every 6 months is often carried out by a dentist or dental hygienist working under a dentist’s supervision. The entire process generally takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

Why Get Your Teeth Cleaned?

Each day people have millions of bacteria in their mouths. When you allow these bacteria to remain, they build up a sticky, clear substance known as plaque, and it only takes a few hours.

Plaque’s acids attack the gum and cause periodontal disease that can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss . Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.

It’s strongly suggested by the health industry to brush your teeth daily twice and floss a minimum of once daily to keep up with the plaque buildup. Sometimes, it can be difficult to reach the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and depending on the type of food you consumed and the quality of your brushing, plaque could still form. Therefore, it’s important to have your teeth professionally cleaned.