At Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, TX, dental cleaning is an important part of preventive dentistry as well as good oral health. By routinely cleaning your teeth we can prevent the vast majority of dental problems.
Dental cleaning can include several different steps depending on the tartar accumulation on your teeth. Deep cleaning will typically include tooth scaling, a manual procedure where the dental hygienist uses specific tools to remove the tartar. Root planing, a similar procedure that cleans tartar from the root may also be required. Depending on the severity, we can also use ultrasonic instruments to break up the tartar.
After the visible tartar is removed through scaling the dental hygienist will then polish the teeth using a device that is similar to an electric toothbrush. However, it has a small rounded cup instead of bristles and that cup holds a polishing compound that leaves the teeth bright, smooth and tartar free.