Keeping teeth clean is a preventative measure that protects teeth and oral tissue from disease. Dr. Ben and Stuart Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group provides patients with six-month cleanings to keep teeth healthy. If you're interested in learning more about teeth cleanings from your Madisonville, KY, dentists, then continue reading.
Why do you need a professional teeth cleaning?
Everyday dental care protects teeth. You need to brush and floss daily to remove debris on a daily basis. A healthy oral regimen is in preventing bacterial infections, cavities, and discoloration. But daily cleaning isn't enough. Visiting your family dentist twice a year for biannual checkups and professional cleanings stop disease during early stages and removes hard-to-clean deposits.
What is a professional teeth cleaning?
Simply put, teeth cleaning removes plaque from tooth surfaces and from under gums to protect teeth. This is what the procedure consists of:
- Scaling: This is when your dentist uses a handheld tool to clean dental surfaces. He removes plaque and hard calculus from tooth surfaces using a manual scaler. The scaler scrapes deposits off surfaces. Your family dentist may use an ultrasonic scaler (electronic scaler) gently vibrates to remove large pieces of tarter then uses a stream of water to wash away debris.
- Polishing: Polishing gives teeth a shiny, clean look that removes unappealing stains. Your Madisonville dentist finishes the teeth cleaning process by polishing teeth with a prophy cup, which is a small motorized rubber cup with an abrasive polishing compound that's spread on teeth to make it difficult for plaque to stick and accumulate on tooth surfaces.
- Fluoride: Your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment once teeth have been scaled and polished. Fluoride strengthens enamel, the outermost protective layer of teeth. This prevents, or at least slows down, decay that causes cavities.
Who should you contact?
If you're interested in learning more about professional dental cleanings from your family dentist or need to schedule an appointment, call Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY, by calling (270) 245-1547 today.