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Basics of a Dental Cleaning or Scaling


The difference between a general cleaning or a scaling can sometimes be confusing for patients.   Our office gets this question often and to better assist our patients we have provided information on general cleanings, deeper cleanings and why oral hygiene is of high importance in overall health.

A simple cleaning is when there is little or no build up of calculus, but maybe there is some discoloration such as yellowing stains. Coronal polishing (prophylaxis) takes care of that by buffing the stains away with a rubber cup and a polishing paste. This process leaves your Teeth Feeling completely smooth and incredibly clean. Coronal polishing is also final stage when someone gets their teeth scaled.

Scaling and Root Planning (a deep root cleaning below the gums) is a process where the doctor or dental hygienist carefully Remove heavy calculus. We recommended that you get x-rays every 6 months so we can check to see if there is any build up that is latched to your teeth below the gums. This will help us greatly in efforts to inform patients on possible bone loss.

No matter which cleaning type you require we provide the most comfortable cleaning experience possible. Dr. Rana or our hygienist will go over the best treatment plan perfectly fit for your needs.

At our office we use a state of the art cleaning device called an ultrasonic scaler. Say “good-bye” to the dental tools that scrape, poke, and tug on your gums and teeth! The ultrasonic scaler is an effective way to clean your teeth in half the time by using water vibrations. The water comes from the tip of the scaler that cools off the generated heat cause by the ultrasonic scaler power frequency which is where you get the powerful cleaning action! Sounds pretty cool, right?

Here are a few GREAT reasons as to why keeping a healthy mouth is more important than you think:

  • Prevent Halitosis (Bad Breath) – No one wants bad breath!
  • Prevent Oral Cancer – Especially if you use tobacco.
  • Prevent Gum Disease or Gingivitis
  • Prevent Heart Attacks or Strokes
  • To have a Perfect Smile!
  • To keep ORIGINAL teeth.

If you are looking for Dentist in Jamestown, Dentist in Monterey, Dentist in Rockwood or a Dentist in Sparta, Cumberland Dentistry offers specialized oral hygiene treatments for your dental requirements.

Remember, if you get your routine cleanings every SIX months we can stop heavy calculus which causes gum disease. Remember, x-rays are very important too!

To serve our patients better, we also provide cosmetic and family dentistry at the Monterey dental center.

Thank you from Monterey Dental Center and Cumberland Dentistry

Dr. Rana & Our Team

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