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Dentists prescribe a routine teeth cleaning every six months to keep your gums and teeth healthy and free of disease. The principal purpose of routine dental cleaning is to completely remove all plaque and tartar on the coronal portion of the tooth. The coronal portion is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums. It does not involve cleaning below the gum line. It will help you maintain your oral health and prevent future problems.


Dental instruments are cleaned, disinfected and sterilized. This ensures that all instruments are safe to use on patients. Hygienists and dentists also use a dental mirror to examine areas of the mouth that are difficult to see. Dental mirrors magnify the view inside your mouth, which assists the dentist to see the first signs of tooth decay or gum disease.

Usually, a hygienist starts the cleaning with an ultrasonic tool. An ultrasonic tool is a piece of dental equipment that releases mild vibrations to loosen larger pieces of tartar from your teeth. This instrument also sprays mists of water to wash away other debris and keep the mouth cold. The hygienist will always adjust the settings for the best patient comfort.

A dental hygienist usually does the teeth cleaning with scalars and cavitron devices. Scalars are special devices that are used for plaque and tartar removal. The scalar is used to scrape the bacteria from the teeth. A cavitron machine is an ultrasonic scaler. A cavitorn machine vibrates at a high frequency, allowing the hygienist to remove smaller matter from your teeth.


People should get routine cleanings for two main reasons:

It prevent disease in other parts of your body, such as heart disease, and dementia.

It prevent tooth loss.

Most patients who lose their teeth do so because of gum disease. Preventing gum disease, therefore, stops people from losing their teeth.

However, practicing good care of your gum and teeth is also essential at home. Over 70% of good hygiene occurs at home through daily brushing and flossing. However, about 30% of the calculus that builds up over time must be taken care of by a dentist.



A thorough cleaning comprises the use of scalars. Once the hard calculus has been displaced, then teeth polishing will be done by the dentist. The polishing device has a rotating rubber cup which the hygienist fills with a polishing agent. This polishing agent is harder than toothpaste. It appears more like fine grains of sand. The polishing process removes stains and plaque and makes your teeth look bright and shiny.


During a routine cleaning, the hygienist will also floss your teeth. If you have crowns and bridges, the hygienist will show you the proper way to use a floss threader to clean around and under all dental work. For difficult to reach spots, we will suggest using soft bristle brushes or other special tools to make flossing easier.


Why Dental Cleanings are Necessary?

There are many reasons why dental cleanings are necessary, but the most important reason is that they help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults, so its important to keep your gums healthy. Dental cleanings also help to brighten teeth and make them look their best.

Most people should have a dental cleaning every six months. If you have gum disease, you may need to have more frequent cleanings. Your dentist will let you know how often you need to come in for a cleaning.

 If youre due for a dental cleaning, or if you have any concerns about your oral health, be sure to schedule an appointment with our Maple Ridge dentist today.