By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
January 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Cleanings  

Regular brushing and flossing is important for your oral health and everyone is clear on that but not everyone understands the importance of teeth cleanings. Dr. Mark Gleckner of Florham Park, NJ, offers his patients bi-annual checkups and dental cleanings as a first line of defense against diseases like tooth decay.

The Importance of Teeth Cleanings

So, why get your teeth professionally cleaned if you brush and floss everyday? Simple. A professional teeth cleaning isn't like your everyday oral regimen. While brushing and flossing eliminate food debris and bacteria, professional cleaning is more thorough. It eliminates bacteria under gums, bacteria from small spaces between teeth and sticky film, plaque, on the surface of teeth. A professional cleaning not only prevents oral diseases from manifesting but also stops them in their tracks, or before they progress. This preventative measure protects teeth against cavities, dental holes produced by acid-producing bacteria, that may result in severe problems like infections and ultimately require more invasive treatments like root canals, or dental implants if there's tooth loss.

More About Dental Cleaning Procedure

  1. The first step is to receive an oral examination. A dental hygienist first examines your mouth using a small mirror. This facilitates in discovering any inflammation around teeth and gum tissue because of plaque and tartar buildup. If they discover anything, your Florham Park dentist will first need to address the issue before proceeding with a professional dental cleaning. 
  2. The next step is removing plaque and tartar using a tool called a scaler. The scaler removes plaque and tartar buildup on teeth surfaces, between teeth and near the gum line and between your teeth. To avoid any sort of discomfort, you can take an Ibuprofen before the procedure. 
  3. During the procedure, a gentle stream of water is run over teeth to eliminate the debris removed. The procedure is simple and is done within an hour or less.

If you would like more information about a professional teeth cleaning, then you should contact Dr. Mark Gleckner of Florham Park, NJ, at (973) 377-1174 to learn more!