What is a regular cleaning?
A regular cleaning is a preventative measure that should be performed every six months by a dentist or dental hygienist. It should include an exam, a thorough cleaning, and an analysis of your bite and jaw joint (TMJ).
What to expect during a dental cleaning?
During a dental cleaning, which is also called a prophy, your hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. If you have gingivitis, your hygienist will use a special tool to gently scrape away built-up plaque and tartar underneath the gum line.
When should you see a dentist if I need cleaning?
You should see the dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Decay and gum disease often go undetected until they have caused a lot of damage. A regular six-month check-up and a professional cleaning will help prevent small problems from becoming big ones.
What should I expect after a professional cleaning?
Your teeth may be sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods.
Brush your teeth gently but thoroughly after meals and before bed. If your gums are sensitive, use a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristle. If the sensation does not go away after 2-3 days, call your dentist.
What is the difference between a prophy and a deep cleaning?
A prophy is very similar to a cleaning, except it focuses more on polishing and stain removal. A deep cleaning focuses on removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.