Following the principles of preventative dentistry lays the foundation of good, sustainable oral health. Very basic routine oral health activities such as regular brushing and cleaning the teeth, maintaining a balanced diet, going for dental exams once every six months, and receiving professional dental cleanings, are a part of the preventative approach to dentistry.
Both adults and kids should ideally receive dental cleanings twice a year.
In case of elderly people and those who have an active systemic oral health concern, the dental cleanings should be more frequent. A dedicated dentist will evaluate the specific oral health condition of the patient before recommending the specific dental cleaning intervals for them.
Dr. Rob Strain is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing dental cleanings and various other oral health procedures to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations across the landscape.
What does Dental Cleaning Involve?
A dental cleaning, clinically known as a dental prophylaxis, generally involves thorough removal of plaque, tartar and stains that are visible above the gum line. For patients with an overall healthy mouth, the dentist may reach slightly underneath the gum line with an aim to perform a more detailed dental cleaning.
For patients with a poor oral health condition where the mouth has had unhealthy pockets, or several root surfaces are exposed due to receding gums, the dentist may decide to perform dental cleanings in conjunction with more detailed and intensive oral cleaning techniques.
The judicious Dr. Strain’s dental office provides a wide range of dental cleaning options to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas. Some of the key treatment approaches include:
The process of gross debridement is aimed at eliminating significant deposits above the gum line. The patient may typically have a significant build-up of debris as well as inflamed gum tissue, particularly if they have not been to a dentist in a long time. The dentist will use an ultrasonic or piezo scaler to knock the most apparent deposits off the teeth. The patient will be required to visit for follow-up appointments to perform finer cleaning after a healing period.
Fine Scaling and Polishing
If the patient undergoes the gross debridement procedure instead of regular dental cleaning, they are likely to be recommended a follow up appointment for fine scaling and polishing. Depending on the specific case, the dentist may sometimes substitute this with a series of deep scaling appointments, which will be quite similar to a dental prophylaxis.
Periodontal scaling is similar to a normal dental scaling in some respects, but it is deeper and more intensive. Patients suffering from exposed roots due to gum recession will require periodontal scaling. The operating cosmetic dentist should have the skill and experience to perform periodontal scaling with delicate care in targeted sites.
Deep Scaling (Root Planing)
Deep scaling may be performed on patients with several unhealthy pocket depths in the mouth. It will eliminate deposits existing deep below the gum line. Once the tartar is removed, the gum will begin to heal and the swelling and bleeding will stop.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.