The type of cleaning will be determined based on X-ray and gingival exam.
Patients usually have light staining
Gums are not red, purple, or puffy
Do Not bleed when brushing
Little or no sensitivity/tenderness
Gum measurements of 3mm or less
Patients usually have bad breath
Gums are red, purple or puffy
Gums are sensitive to touch
Moderate to heavy bleeding when brushing
Moderate to heavy tatar Gum measurements of 5mm or more
This cleaning is done following a deep clean for people with gum disease at a frequency of every 3-4 months to prevent further bone loss.
Be sure to add a dental visit to this year's spring cleaning list. A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.
The AGD strongly recommends that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months. This professional dental cleaning reinforces the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
People who regularly practice good oral hygiene at home with proper brushing and flossing techniques typically do not experience discomfort during a cleaning. However, those who have neglected their oral hygiene habits may experience some discomfort or sensitivity during a dental cleaning. The dentist can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate any discomfort.
During a dental cleaning, you’ll receive diagnostic and preventive services from your dentist as well as any needed educational information.
Diagnostic services may include:
Reviewing and updating medical history, including information about heart problems, pregnancy, diabetes and medications, which may have an impact on your oral health Oral cancer examination and screening Evaluation of gum tissue Checking biting, chewing and swallowing patterns X-rays or examination of teeth to detect decay Referral to specialists for specific treatment.
Preventive services may include:
Removal of plaque and tartar Stain removal Fluoride application Sealants (for children) Polishing teeth, including fillings and crowns Cleaning and adjustment of dentures and partial dentures
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