Many people are afraid of dental cleanings. But in reality, a dental cleaning is simple and painless. Knowing exactly what happens during the process can help relieve your stress and allow you to better enjoy the results.
Why is deep dental cleaning important? And why is it important to perform them periodically?
You may have few dental problems and wonder if it’s really necessary to visit the dentist for a regular professional cleaning. It may even be tempting to save some money and skip that cleaning. After all, your teeth are white and you have no cavities or other dental problems. Surely, skipping a dental cleaning is not a problem. Is it?
Skipping a cleaning may not have any immediate impact on your mouth or your dental health. However, much of the benefit of regular dental care comes from what it prevents, and this is often more important than what it fixes.
With teeth cleaning you can prevent:
- The appearance of plaque (a thick, bacteria-filled film) and tartar (a hard, calcium-based buildup).Caries.
- Gum disease.
Does teeth cleaning hurt?
Although most patients experience minimal pain and discomfort when having their teeth cleaned, there are several factors that can make the process more painful:
- Tooth sensitivity due to inflammation, gum disease or caries.
- Long periods of time between cleanings.
In MiravéCo we have more than 30 years of experience as a dental clinic in Barcelona and we will advise you in your particular case so that the discomfort you perceive with the cleaning is minimal.
How is the deep dental cleaning in our clinic?
1. Initial check of the condition of the teeth
We know that not all mouths are the same. The first step is to examine it closely. The dentist uses a small mirror to check around the teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis (swollen gums) or other possible problems.
2. Clean plaque and tartar
With the small mirror as a guide, our dental hygienist uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar around the gum line as well as between the teeth. You will hear a scraping sound, but this is normal. The more tartar in your mouth, the longer they will need to scrape a particular spot.
Brushing and flossing keep plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. Once you have tartar, you can only remove it at your dentist’s office.
3. Tooth cleaning with toothpaste
After your teeth are completely free of tartar (you won’t be able to avoid going over them with your tongue, we know!), the expert brushes your teeth with a professional electric toothbrush. This provides a thorough cleaning.
4. Professional flossing
At this point the dentist uses dental floss to clean the gaps between the teeth. In addition, any potential problem spots where the gums may bleed can be located.
To finish the cleaning, the mouth is rinsed with fluoride to remove any debris.
We also have special dental cleaning protocols
In some cases it is necessary to do a more specific dental cleaning according to the problems found by the dentist in the preliminary examination.
If you have fillings, cavities, are pregnant or have any other special case our hygienists at MiravéCo will advise you and explain what hygiene protocol should be followed in your case. All of them, as good professionals, are friends of preventive dentistry and in addition to leaving your mouth sparkling, they will give you good advice to maintain your oral health.