Dental Cleanings

It is recommended by oral health professionals worldwide that you see your Waltham dentist for a cleaning at least every six months. These routine cleanings, alongside a dental exam and necessary diagnostic radiographs, are essential in maintaining good dental health. Professional cleanings (dental prophylaxis) performed by our office form the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

 

Why is it done?

  • To remove plaque from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva and bacteria. Plaque sticks to teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease. 
  • Remove calculus (tarter) above the gum line . Calculus is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. Calculus below the gum line indicates gum disease and may require a more extensive cleaning known as scaling and root planing.
  • Polish and remove stains from teeth.

 

How it's done:

Your Waltham dentist or hygienist will use hand instruments or electronic scaler to remove the calculus above and below the gum line.  Some patients may experience some sensitivity in areas that have root exposures.  Probing depths are also taken the measure the health of your gums.  The procedure is completed with a final polish to remove any loose plaque and buff the teeth.

 

If it has been over six months since your last dental cleaning and exam with our Waltham MA dental office, call NK Family Dentistry at (781) 216-8097 or click here to contact us today!