Alex H. Mendoza, D.D.S.
Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in San Jose, CA
Routine dental cleanings are one of the easiest ways to lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. At Japantown Dental in San Jose, California, Alex Mendoza, DDS, and the team provide traditional dental cleanings and deep dental cleanings, including scaling and root planing. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.
Dental Cleanings Q&A
What are dental cleanings?
Dental cleanings are quick, outpatient procedures used to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and underneath your gum line.
Without regular dental cleanings, plaque can take hold and result in gum disease. As gum disease progresses, it causes your gum tissue to swell and pull away from your teeth. Over time, that can result in loose teeth, persistent bad breath, and, ultimately, tooth loss.
What are the types of dental cleanings?
The team at Japantown Dental offers both traditional dental cleanings and deep dental cleanings.
Traditional dental cleaning
During a traditional dental cleaning, a dental hygienist uses a handheld tool called a scalar to eradicate tartar from your teeth. Afterward, your provider polishes your teeth with gritty toothpaste, flosses your teeth, and applies a fluoride treatment.
Dental cleanings are important because they’re more effective at removing plaque and harmful bacteria than simply brushing and flossing.
Deep dental cleaning
If you have gingivitis or periodontitis (advanced gum disease), the team might recommend a deep dental cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.
During a deep dental cleaning, your dental hygienist carefully scrapes plaque from your teeth and from any large pockets that have developed along your gum line. Because the process takes an hour, the team administers a local anesthetic prior to treatment to ensure your comfort.
After your dental hygienist removes the plaque, a scaler is used to smooth your tooth roots. That allows your gums to reattach to your teeth, lowering the risk of recession. Most deep dental cleanings take only one appointment. However, if you have a severe infection, you might need two spaced several weeks apart.
How can I take care of my teeth following dental cleanings?
Following dental cleaning, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene. The team at Japantown Dental recommends brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing regularly.
Try to eat a healthy balanced diet and avoid bad habits like tobacco use. These measures can significantly lower your risk of gum disease or cavities in the future.
To receive comprehensive dental cleanings, partner with the team at Japantown Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring team member today.