What is a dental cleaning?
Most of the people visiting the dentist have a lot of anticipation regarding the cleaning procedure. They apprehend it to be a painful and uncomfortable process. However, one should know about the entire process before having any such fears. In short, dental cleaning consists of steps to clean around the gum line and remove all the tartar and plaque.
Below is the process in detail:
Examining the mouth physically: First of all, the dental hygienist checks the mouth with a small mirror. It is to make sure that there are no major dental issues. If some symptom prevails, the hygienist calls the dentist to make them fine to proceed.
Remove plaque and tartar: The hygienist now uses a scalar to remove the tartar and plaque around the gum line and in between the teeth.
Cleaning with toothpaste: After all the tartar is wiped out, the dentist will clean the teeth with an electric toothbrush. It is for the deep cleaning of teeth.
What is dental polishing?
Dental polishing is sometimes used interchangeably with a dental cleaning, but there is a slight difference in the process. Dental polishing is a broader aspect where the teeth are not only checked for the tartar and plaque but also polished to give the tooth enamel a smooth and glossy look.
The steps for dental polishing are as follows:
- Inspection of teeth for decay.
- The scrapping of plaque and tartar.
- Removing stains with buff and polish.
- Fluoride treatment.
Dental cleaning and polishing both are an essential part of dental hygienic processes. All the steps performed in the two methods from the inspection to the final polishing are far more effective than the regular brushing and flossing you do at home.
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