Cleanings

Dental cleanings are a very important part of your complete oral care.  Having your teeth cleaned by a dental professional helps assure that you are properly maintaining good hygiene at home and removes any harmful debris and material on your teeth that you might have missed which may induce gingivitis or periodontal disease.  There are several different procedure which patients may term as dental cleanings namely: Prophylaxis, scaling and root planning and periodontal maintenance.

Prophylaxis
Prophylaxis is the dental term  which people most often refer to when they speak of a dental cleaning.  This type of cleaning is typically performed on patients that have maintained good oral health and have none to minimal bone loss around their teeth.  This cleaning is typically painless and relatively quick to perform.  variety of dental tools may be used to remove any plaque or tarter that has built  up on the teeth or slightly under the gums. The teeth are then polished and flossed.

Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is the dental term which people most often refer to when they speak of  a deep cleaning. This type of cleaning is typically performed on patients who might have neglected their oral health for sometime and have developed minimal to severe bone loss around their teeth. The objective of this cleaning is to remove all tater and plaque that has been built up on the teeth and under the gums which is the root cause of the bone loss-periodontal disease.  Often times patients may require anesthetic during this procedure to be comfortable enough to allow the dental professional to adequately remove the tarter and plaque from underneath the gums. Again, a  variety of dental tools may be used to remove any plaque or tarter that has built up on the teeth or slightly under the gums. The teeth are then polished and flossed. This procedure is ideally performed once, after which with better home care the patient would receive their routine dental cleaning which is termed periodontal maintenance.

Periodontal Maintenance
Periodontal Maintenance is the dental term for the type of cleaning people refer to after they have had scaling and root planning. This objective of this type of cleaning to help maintain a patients periodontal disease. This cleaning is typically painless and relatively quick to perform. A variety of dental tools may be used to remove any plaque or tarter that has built up on the teeth or slightly under the gums. The teeth are then polished and flossed.

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1105 3rd Ave. North
Payette, ID 83661
208-642-9763