Our comprehensive dental exams and cleanings are recommended once every six months for all patients. These visits help identify any tooth decay or early signs of gum disease or oral cancer through diagnostic x-rays and physical examination. Early detection of these conditions can help ensure effective treatment and prevent permanent damage.
Regular cleanings at Mona Lisa Smile Dental Office in San Ramon help keep teeth clean and healthy through thorough exams provided by a certified dental hygienist. A cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque, which can build up and cause inflammation and disease if left untreated. The teeth are also polished during teeth cleaning to remove stains and further buildups of plaque that may not be removed during regular tooth brushing.
Plaque is the colonization of natural oral bacteria on food debris that remains on the surface and in the crevices of the teeth and gums. Combining with minerals in the saliva, it ultimately forms a hard, rough sediment known as dental tartar or calculus which attracts further plaque buildup. Calculus must be removed by a dental professional for the prevention of periodontal disease.
Teeth cleaning of calculus may be performed by a licensed dental hygienist or dentist, either by manual scaling of the teeth, or with an ultrasonic device. The choice of technique is a personal preference by the hygienist or wishes of the patient. Most states permit trained dental hygienists to administer local anesthetic and nitrous oxide (laughing gas), often necessary for deep periodontal scaling and root planing.
Teeth cleaning FOR Light or moderate tartar buildup is commonly removed by manual scaling instruments of various shapes and sizes. The skills of the hygienist are especially important for this procedure.
The ultrasonic teeth cleaning scaler, commonly called by the brand name, Cavitron, is often indicated for the efficient removal of heavy, tenacious tartar and stain. The hygienists may follow its use with hand scaling for a more finite smoothing of tooth and root surfaces. Caution is warranted for people who wear pacemakers, as the ultrasonic teeth cleaning sounds may interfere with the function of the pacemaker.