Teeth-Cleaning Experts or Dental Hygienist
A dental hygienist is not a dentist, rather works under the supervision of a licensed dentist. It is not in their scape of practice to make formal diagnostics, nor perform invasive procedures. However, they are able to perform dental task that are focused on the overall dental hygiene of patients. Dental hygienist perform procedure that help client maintain oral health through keeping the teeth and gums cleans. They are also able to do initial screening for oral health diseases and cancer.
Studies show patients consistent with dental teeth cleaning and adult dental checkup are more likely to have healthier bone and gums and will keep their teeth considerably longer.
Many conditions can be diagnosed during your regular checkup and cleaning visits. Early detection and treatment will help you avoid costly and potentially serious dental problems in the future.
Poor oral hygiene can have serious implications on your cardiovascular well-being and general health.
Poor oral health can impair your ability to eat well and digest your food, leading to serious nutritional and systemic problems.
Appearance and self-esteem are important factors in having a successful personal life and career. A beautiful and healthy smile will help you achieve your goals and desires.
What to Expect During the Hygiene Visit?
During your first adult dental checkup and teeth cleaning visit, our hygienist will review and assess your health history to determine if there are any existing medical conditions that could impact your treatment. At each subsequent visit, they assess your oral health and note any changes.
Every new patient visit will start by having digital x-rays taken by our Assistants. If you are pregnant or have a medical condition that prevents you from having x-rays taken please note it in your medical history. If you had x-rays taken within the last 12 months, please have them sent over to our office. Our goal is not to take the x-rays but have diagnostic material so we could provide our patients with a comprehensive dental examination.
The doctor will perform a screen for oral cancer and oral lesions along with an examination for oral symptoms of other serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
One of our dentists will perform a check of your dentition (teeth exam) for possible new & recurrent decay. If such is detected you will be explained the conditions and given treatment options.
During the periodontal exam, your gums will be evaluated for the signs of gum disease by measuring periodontal pockets with a probe.
Our hygienists are trained and certified to administer local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort during the treatment though it is rarely requested since they have a very light touch. Usually, just having a topical application of desensitizers will ensure a comfortable dental cleaning.
At the end of your visit, your hygienist will teach, review, and reinforce the techniques of good oral hygiene; including effective brushing and flossing (see instructions below).
Our patients prefer being treated by the same dentist. As for hygiene appointments, we support the same. Having the same professionals work with you regularly develops rapport and continuity of dental care and knowledge of individual needs of each patient.
What Does A Routine Dental Teeth Cleaning in KK Dental Involve?
Dental cleaning procedure comprises several steps.
First, the dental hygienist will identify areas of tartar and teeth plaque. Plaque is a soft film covering your teeth that can be removed by proper brushing, tartar or calculus is hardened plaque that can be eliminated only with the help of dental instruments.
After that, the hygienist will remove obvious deposits of calculus using our Ultrasonic Cavitron Machine, an ultrasonic scaler that sprays water. The next part of the dental cleaning is performed using manual instruments called scalers. The hygienists will clean all the surfaces of your teeth — even the tiny spaces between teeth and along the gum line where plaque and tartar form and gum disease-causing bacteria gather.
The last part of dental teeth cleaning is performed using prophy paste. Prophy paste has a coarse quality that dissolves into the finer texture as it removes the remainder of the plaque from your teeth. This is the part patients like best, for it is here that one’s teeth become bright, shiny and smooth.
As each tooth gets cleaned, the hygienist also pays attention to areas where tooth plaque and tartar have accumulated. These areas indicate your need to use better brushing and flossing techniques to keep teeth and gums healthy between visits. Once the dental teeth cleaning is complete, the hygienist will review these areas with you and provide guidance to help you correct your brushing technique so you can maintain proper oral hygiene.
How Long Does A Dental Teeth Cleaning Take?
A new patient visit usually lasts 1 hour to 1 hour 15 min. A recall appointment for an existing patient is 45 min long.
Do I Need To Take An Antibiotic Before Dental Cleaning?
Generally, dental cleaning and other dental procedures do not require pre-medication with antibiotics unless the patient has had a recent surgery where a prosthesis or heart valve was placed. The final determination in these matters is made by the patient’s physician.
Why Are There Different Types Of Dental Cleanings?
There is only one dental procedure that is a dental cleaning, Prophylaxis. All other procedures though may be referred to as cleanings are periodontal treatments. The reason they are nicknamed as “cleanings” is that the treatment process resembles regular dental teeth cleaning that is familiar to us. Please read on to learn what these treatments entail.
PROPHYLAXIS is a routine dental teeth cleaning performed, every 6 months, by a hygienist or a dentist. This type of dental cleaning is provided to healthy patients to remove the plaque and tartar accumulated above the gum line.
FULL MOUTH DEBRIDEMENT is a “pre-cleaning” procedure. It is conducted ONLY on the patients with very severe calculus buildup, nearly overgrowing the teeth and gums. This procedure is done prior to the exam and may require additional dental cleaning and/or periodontal treatment.
DENTAL DEEP CLEANING is a periodontal procedure called Scaling and Root Planing. It is prescribed to treat either early stage of gum disease or as a preliminary treatment prior to the surgical treatment for the patients with more severe gum conditions. It is performed either by our dental hygienist or our periodontist. The goal is to reach below the gum line and remove tartar and bacteria that collect on or near the roots. You may also need antibiotics to help kill hard-to-reach bacteria. To find out more about periodontal disease and its treatment check out Periodontics section.
PERIO MAINTENANCE is a periodontal cleaning, that can be done either by a dental hygienist or a periodontist. Periodontal maintenance is prescribed instead of prophylaxis dental cleaning to the patients with the history of any type of gum disease. Unlike regular dental teeth cleaning, the frequency of perio maintenance varies. Depending on the severity of the gum disease, the provider will decide if the patient should get treatment every 3 or 4 months.
How Often Do I Need To Have A Dental Cleaning?
You should have your teeth cleaned every six months to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Between cleanings, be sure to brush and floss regularly and using the correct technique, and try to avoid sugary snacks, which can cause bacteria to multiply.
Will Teeth Cleaning Help Treat Gum Disease?
If you have mild, early gum disease, or gingivitis, having your periodontal maintenance may be enough to prevent the disease from progressing. You will be asked to come back 3-4 times a year to ensure the procedure is effective in preventing the disease progression.
What Questions Should I Ask During My Adult Dental Checkup & Teeth Cleaning Visit?
– Do I have gum disease?
– How deep are my pockets?
– Are there any signs of gum recession?
– Am I over-brushing?
– Do I grind my teeth?
– Can I see a demonstration of proper tooth brushing technique & flossing?
Does My Insurance Pay For Teeth Cleaning?
Most of the PPO and DHMO insurance plans cover cleanings twice in a calendar or policy year or every six months as long as the annual maximum was not used up. Some plans may apply a deductible towards the diagnostic and preventive services. Under some plans, there may be coinsurance for dental cleanings and other dental services.
We encourage patients to provide us with their dental insurance information in advance so we may give you the most accurate out-of-pocket estimate.
Teeth Cleaning Cost in KK Dental
We offer a package fee for all the services of $325. If you are a healthy patient who requires no dental treatments, you are free to book only dental cleanings for your six months recalls. The cost of your dental recall cleaning is $125. To provide proper dental care to our patients, the first visit consists of Full Mouth Digital X-rays (with Panoramic X-ray), comprehensive dental exam, oral cancer screening, nutritional counseling, oral hygiene instructions and dental cleaning.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to ensure that your brushing is not abrasive to your teeth. Use small brush head. This will ensure that you get better access even to the back teeth. As soon as the bristles wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one.
Use a PEA size of fluoride toothpaste, that’s all you need. Having more toothpaste doesn’t mean that you will clean your teeth better. A good toothbrush will.
While brushing your teeth hold to the toothbrush at 45 degrees angle and move it in a circular motion without rushing, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. Good brushing lasts two minutes. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth, and the outside, inside, and chewing surface of all your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.
Do not swallow any toothpaste; rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to thoroughly floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene. Learn how to brush correctly – presented by Colgate Flossing
Due to the tight spaces or crowding the toothbrush cannot clean out all the food particles stuck between the teeth. Therefore flossing is an essential step in home care. Dental floss is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth daily.
Pull a small quantity of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your second fingers. Guide the floss between each tooth from top to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque, left between your teeth. If you have dental restorations like crowns, veneers or bridges, slide the floss out instead pulling it upwards (flossing bottom teeth), downwards (flossing top teeth). Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss between all of your teeth. Floss daily.
Remember this: We clean teeth in the morning for others, we clean our teeth in the evening for ourselves!