Why it is Important to Undergo Regular Teeth Cleaning at The Dentist



February 1, 2022

Having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental professional such as an Oral Health Therapist at Coastal Dental Care is extremely important for your oral hygiene and your overall health. This is because regular dental visits can help with the prevention and the detection of oral health concerns, which can sometimes lead to larger and more serious health concerns if left unchecked and untreated. A professional check-up and clean is designed to detect dental problems such as gum disease and decay, as well as a host of other dental and general health problems. Here at Coastal Dental Care on the Gold Coast, we offer regular teeth cleaning to our patients to rid their mouths of the build-up of plaque that happens over time. We have 11 locations in and around the Gold Coast here in Queensland, Australia, for the convenience of our patients. We are proud of our professional practices, led and run by dental professionals in the industry and always offer the highest quality of care to each and every one of our patients. If you’re looking for a new local dental professional on the coast, come to Coastal Dental Care. We have clinics at the following locations: Banora Point, Burleigh Waters, Cabarita Beach, Kingscliff, Mermaid Beach, Mudgeeraba, Redland Bay, Robina Town, Robina Village, Runaway Bay and Tugun.

What Happens in a Professional Teeth Clean?

Many people dread teeth cleaning at the dentist, due to the strange unknown noises, the unfamiliar equipment and the occasional jaw discomfort. It’s easy to understand their apprehension, but at Coastal Dental Care, we are here to assure you that for the most part, a teeth cleaning by a professional is really a simple and painless process. Teeth cleaning is usually performed by a dental hygienist or an oral health therapist, so your usual dentist may not perform this one. 

The hygienist will check your mouth for signs of gum disease with a small mirror. If there are any problems, the dentist will be called. The dental hygienist then uses a scaler to get rid of the plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. You’ll hear a scraping noise, but this is normal. The more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time they’ll need to scrape a particular spot. After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric toothbrush and gritty peppermint toothpaste. This smells and tastes like regular toothpaste, but the process is usually a bit rougher than teeth cleaning at home. The overall length of the visit will depend on the build-up of plaque and tartar, so if you get your teeth cleaned regularly, this will be a fairly quick and painless process! 

Lastly, the hygienist will apply the fluoride treatment. This is a protectant to help your teeth fight against cavities for several months. This is a foamy gel or sticky paste in a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth and is left for one minute. 

How do I Prevent the Build up of Tartar?

Brushing and flossing your teeth actually stops the plaque from building up in your mouth and hardening into tartar. Once you have tartar, you can only have it removed at your dentist’s office, as brushing and flossing will now not be sufficient to remove it. 

Why do I Need Professional Teeth Cleaning?

Teeth cleaning is an important part of oral hygiene. If you do have a build of plaque that turns into hardened tartar and you don’t visit the dentist for professional teeth cleaning, this tartar can build and cannot be removed without a professional clean. If this build-up is left, the damage can spread to your gums and cause gingivitis. Gingivitis is a gum disease that turns into periodontal disease and eventually loosens your teeth and could lead to tooth loss. 

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

It is recommended to visit your dental professional for a clean every 6 months. Your dentist will discuss your regular dental hygiene routine with you, as well as the frequency of dental cleans that may be required. 

Book an appointment online today with Coastal Dental Care and book in your overdue teeth cleaning!