Teeth Cleaning

Teeth cleaning is something essential for proper dental health. Canterino Dental recommend getting your teeth professionally cleaned at the very least once a year to prevent any problems associated with plaque buildup.

Brushing and flossing properly is the cornerstone of proper dental care. Although you may be diligent about doing these things which will drastically reduce the buildup of plaque, you cannot be totally free of it. This is where getting your teeth cleaned professionally by your local Yonkers dentist will help immensely.

What is plaque exactly? Deposits of food particles after you eat create a sticky mix of bacteria, and the substances they secrete leave a slimy film that is normally removed by brushing your teeth and good oral care. Not brushing or flossing will allow this bacteria to thrive in your mouth. Left alone, the bacteria in tooth plaque will release acids that damage tooth enamel, which will eventually wear holes in your teeth causing the dreaded cavity.

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Left alone even longer, this plaque buildup will gradually harden to form what is known as calculus or more commonly referred to as tartar. Once tartar is formed, the only way to remove it is with the specialized tools of a Yonkers dental hygienist.

Once you have tartar, it won’t take long for gingivitis to develop, which is an inflammation of the gums. Signs to look out for are bleeding gums, swollen gums, mouth sores, a bright red or red-purple appearance to your gums and of course any unusual tenderness. If you leave this situation untreated, you will eventually develop periodontal disease. This will cause the loss of the bone that supports your teeth and subsequently the whole tooth itself.

Make sure to go to visit us at least once a year to get an oral examination so they can detect any signs of plaque buildup. Even if you visually inspect your teeth, tartar can deceive you since it can be the same color as your teeth. Through preventative care with normal teeth cleanings, you can avoid the chances of having to worry about periodontal disease.

If tartar is found, a certified dental hygienist will use specialized instruments to scale away moderate plaque and tartar buildup. Heavier tartar buildup is scaled away with an ultrasonic device. Once the tartar is removed, the hygienist will apply a Prophylaxis (short for prophy) paste – a special gritty toothpaste-like material and use a polisher to polish your teeth which deep cleans the surface of your teeth and removes the remaining stains. A concentrated form of fluoride is then applied and left on your teeth for 30 seconds and after you rinse your mouth, your mouth will feel clean and refreshed!

Teeth cleanings are basically painless and many of our patients love the smoothness of their teeth after a cleaning. Our hygienist’s have been with us for years and highly skilled, not to mention the friendliest in Yonkers New York! You can be confident in our care. Make sure to call and set up an appointment today.