Regular dental cleanings include plaque and tartar removal. Cleanings are an integral part of good dental care. Dr. Gerald A. Cioffi at Gerald A. Cioffi DMD, PA in Orange Park, Florida, is a comprehensive dentist and oral medicine specialist who’s ready to help you achieve the cleanest teeth, the brightest smile, and the best possible oral health overall.
You should brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day, and flossing should be done daily as well. If you stick to this brushing and flossing schedule, you're much less likely to have a lot of plaque and tartar buildup at your next teeth cleaning appointment.
Dr. Cioffi recommends that patients have teeth cleanings twice a year. This teeth cleaning schedule is usually sufficient to help keep your teeth healthy. If you've had advanced tooth decay in the past or chronic periodontal disease, you may need to have more frequent cleanings to make sure that your teeth stay as healthy as possible.
During a teeth cleaning, both plaque and tartar are removed using special dental instruments. Although you can remove plaque on your own with regular brushing and flossing, plaque that has hardened and turned into into tartar can't be removed without dental instruments.
After all the plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth, they’re polished. The teeth cleaning process isn't painful, although you may feel some tickling sensations as the cleaning paste is applied. Dr. Cioffi uses the most advanced tools and techniques, which allows for the easiest and fastest procedures possible.
During the teeth cleaning, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your oral health with Dr. Cioffi. If you need tips on improving your oral health, he's happy to help.
In the case of advanced tartar growth, particularly if it extends into the gums, a deep teeth cleaning may need to be done. This is a more complex procedure that usually requires two appointments. You'll be under local anesthesia during a deep dental cleaning to prevent pain.
In some cases, a new oral health issue may be noticed during a dental cleaning, that cannot be seen visually. This may warrant a closer visual exam from Dr. Cioffi, which may require X-rays.