Dental Cleanings Seattle WA
Maintaining optimal oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing at home. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are crucial components of a comprehensive dental care routine. If you are in need of a dental cleaning, come in and see us at Pacific Modern Dentistry.
Teeth Cleaning: A Foundation for Oral Health
Teeth cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, is a preventive dental procedure aimed at removing plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. Despite our best efforts at home, dental plaque can accumulate, leading to cavities and gum disease if left unaddressed. Professional teeth cleaning is typically performed by a dental hygienist.
Using specialized tools, the dental hygienist carefully removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, especially in areas that may be challenging to reach with regular brushing and flossing. After plaque and tartar removal, the teeth are polished to remove surface stains and create a smooth surface. This not only enhances the appearance of the teeth but also makes it more difficult for plaque to accumulate. In some cases, a fluoride treatment may be applied to the teeth. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. This step is particularly beneficial for preventing cavities, especially in children.
Regular teeth cleanings, typically recommended every six months, play a fundamental role in preventing dental issues and maintaining overall oral health.
Dental Exam: A Comprehensive Assessment of Oral Health
A dental exam is a thorough assessment of a patient's oral health conducted by a dentist. This examination goes beyond the visible surfaces of the teeth and encompasses various aspects of oral health. After the dental hygienist cleans your teeth, our dentist will come in and do a visual examination. The dentist will visually inspect the teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues for signs of cavities, gum disease, or abnormalities. Early detection of dental issues allows for prompt intervention and prevents the progression of problems.
Dental X-rays may be taken to obtain detailed images of the teeth and jawbone. X-rays help identify issues such as cavities between teeth, impacted teeth, or jawbone abnormalities that may not be visible during a visual examination. Our dentist will also evaluate the health of your gums, checking for signs of inflammation, bleeding, or gum disease. Healthy gums are essential for overall oral health and the stability of teeth. Yourbite and jaw alignment will be assessed to identify any orthodontic concerns or issues related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Addressing bite problems early can prevent complications in the future. As part of a comprehensive dental exam, our dentist will perform an oral cancer screening, checking for any abnormalities or suspicious lesions in the oral tissues. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial for successful treatment.
Deep Cleaning Teeth: Addressing Gum Disease
While regular teeth cleaning focuses on the surfaces of the teeth, deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a more intensive procedure aimed at addressing gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar extend below the gumline, leading to inflammation and infection.
During a deep cleaning our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and below the gumline, reaching deep into pockets that have formed around the teeth. The roots of the teeth are smoothed to eliminate rough surfaces where bacteria can easily adhere. This helps the gums reattach to the teeth and prevents the progression of gum disease. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed or applied to the gums to further address bacterial infection and promote healing.
Deep cleaning is often recommended for patients with signs of gum disease, including gum inflammation, bleeding, and the presence of deep pockets around the teeth.
Dental Cleanings at Pacific Modern Dentistry
A combination of regular dental cleanings and exams, and, when necessary, deep cleanings, form the cornerstone of comprehensive dental care. These preventive measures not only preserve the health and appearance of the teeth but also contribute to overall well-being. By prioritizing routine dental check-ups and cleanings, patients can enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come. To schedule a dental cleaning, contact us at (206)284-4505 today!