Professional teeth cleanings are important preventive treatments that are designed to complement home dental care, including regular brushing and flossing. At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp., teeth cleanings are performed by registered dental hygienists who have advanced training and extensive experience. Our entire team is known throughout the Orinda, California, area for being knowledgeable, caring, and gentle. When performed at appropriate intervals, teeth cleanings can be very effective for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. However, many factors can contribute to the development of cavities and other dental issues. A teeth cleaning appointment provides an excellent opportunity to develop and review an effective oral healthcare plan with a dentist.

What Does Teeth Cleaning Involve?

In addition to an oral health examination performed by a dentist, a teeth cleaning appointment at Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. will typically include:

  • Plaque removal – A sticky, colorless film made of food debris, bacteria, and saliva, plaque forms naturally and can build up on teeth. If plaque is not removed periodically, the bacteria in it can produce toxins that cause gum inflammation and lead to the development of periodontal disease.
  • Calculus (tartar) removal – Hardened plaque that builds up on tooth surfaces above and below the gum line, tartar can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Teeth polishing – Using a small, soft rubber cup and special polishing paste, a dental professional gently removes surface stains and traces of plaque from the teeth, creating a lustrous shine and a refreshingly clean, “just left the dentist” feeling.

Different Types of Teeth Cleaning 

Because no two patients or mouths are exactly alike, the most appropriate type and frequency of teeth cleaning can vary among individuals. For instance, people who build up tartar quickly or have symptoms of early-stage gingivitis (gum disease) may benefit from more frequent appointments than others who may do well being seen twice a year. A dentist or hygienist at Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. can determine the frequency that would be most beneficial for you based on several unique factors, including your home care practices, risk of tooth decay, and general health. For more information about teeth cleanings or to schedule an examination to determine the specific type of cleaning that would best suit your needs, contact Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. today to request an appointment at our office in Orinda, CA.

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