Oral cleaning is the process of removing microbial deposits that are stuck on the teeth and root surfaces. It is performed by scaling and root planing, two distinct procedures that are carried out using an ultrasonic scaling appliance. Dental cleaning is known to keep cavities and gum disease at bay by removing the harmful bacteria that are responsible for most oral concerns.
What are Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling is the use of dental instruments to remove the tartar deposits from the teeth, especially from spots like the gum line, occlusal grooves, or the intersection between two teeth. Dr. Bradley C. Jones, DDS uses an ultrasonic scaling appliance for this purpose. The device contains a stainless steel tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies. When this tip is brought in contact with the tartar deposits, they will be dislodged and then washed away using a jet of water.
Root planing is a more comprehensive process, where the tartar deposits will be removed from the tooth roots. We will insert the scaling tip between the gums and tooth roots to extract the tartar and food residues that have accumulated in the deep gum pockets. We will administer local sedatives to numb the oral tissues before commencing. A little bit of pain and numbness would be common after the procedure, which would subside by itself in a few days.
Importance of Dental Cleaning
Tartar contains thousands of harmful bacteria that are the leading cause of cavities and gum disease. When these bacteria feed on the food residues left on the teeth and gums, they release acidic toxins that decay the soft gum tissues. They also erode the enamel by causing acidic demineralization and decay of the underlying dentin, which causes cavities. Removing them not only keeps these oral concerns in check but also improves your oral health as a whole.
Oral Cleaning at Home
Although visiting our dental practice in Napa, CA for routine oral cleaning sessions twice every year is essential, it is also crucial for you to clean your teeth thoroughly at home every day. Brushing and flossing help to get rid of a majority of microbes from the mouth, thereby keeping your risk of oral concerns to a minimum. Along with it, adhering to a healthy diet that supports your oral health is also recommended.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry in Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.