Teeth Cleaning Performed by the Dental Professionals at Florida Dental Centers in Largo, FL
Professional teeth cleaning, which is also known as prophylaxis, is an important preventive treatment that is designed to complement home dental care, including regular brushing and flossing. At Florida Dental Centers in Largo, FL, teeth cleaning is performed by registered dental hygienists who have extensive education and experience as well as advanced training. Our entire team is known for being knowledgeable, caring, and gentle.
When performed at appropriate intervals, teeth cleaning can be very effective for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. However, there are many factors that can contribute to the development of cavities and other dental issues. A teeth cleaning appointment provides an excellent opportunity to develop and review an effective oral healthcare plan.
In addition to an oral health examination performed by a dentist, a teeth cleaning appointment at Florida Dental Centers in Largo will include:
- Removal of plaque — This sticky, colorless film made of food debris, bacteria, and saliva forms naturally and can build up on teeth. If plaque is not removed periodically, the bacteria within it can produce toxins that cause gum inflammation and lead to the development of periodontal disease.
- Removal of calculus (tartar) — This hardened plaque, which can build up on tooth surfaces both above and below the gum line, can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Teeth polishing — Gentle, professional polishing removes stains and traces of plaque and creates a refreshingly clean, “just left the dentist” feeling.
Because no two patients or mouths are alike, the most appropriate type and frequency of teeth cleaning can vary among individuals. For instance, people who build up tarter quickly or have symptoms of early-stage gingivitis (gum disease) may benefit from more frequent appointments than others who may do well being seen twice a year. A dentist or hygienist at Florida Dental Centers can determine the frequency that would be most beneficial based on factors like home care practices, risk of decay, and general health.
For more information about teeth cleaning in general, or to schedule an examination to determine the specific type of cleaning that would best suit your needs, contact Florida Dental Centers to request an appointment at our office in Largo, FL.