Often, the term “dental cleaning” is thought about as the preventative, professional teeth cleaning you are supposed to get twice a year when you visit your Staten Island best dentist. However, that is not the only kind of professional teeth-cleaning that’s performed at your dental office. Periodontal cleanings are also performed but for different purposes.
Dental cleanings and periodontal cleanings are both professional cleanings that are done at a quality Staten Island best dentist office like ours. They both achieve good gum health but that is the only similarity among them. The main goal of each is completely different. Prophylaxis (a regular teeth-cleaning) is the routine teeth cleaning you get every six months by your hygienist. It is done to help maintain good oral health and to prevent potential oral health future problems from happening. This kind of cleaning is only performed on patients who are in a state of good oral health. There are certain criteria that have to be met to get a regular professional teeth-cleaning. In order to qualify, the patient cannot have any bleeding nor any mobility of teeth, receded areas or exposed teeth. During prophylaxis a special dental tool is used by the hygienist to remove plaque, tartar and other substances from the teeth and gums. This helps to prevent gum disease from ever developing. However, if a patient has periodontal disease, he or she will need to get a periodontal cleaning (which also called periodontal maintenance). Unlike prophylaxis which is done to prevent dental problems, periodontal cleanings are done to treat periodontal disease. It is a deep cleaning that is usually performed by a periodontist instead of a hygienist and is done to thoroughly clean the teeth to stop periodontal disease from progressing. Periodontal cleanings typically need to be performed about three or four times per year, but this will vary from patient to patient.
To learn more about teeth cleanings, you should consult with our expert hygienist. Call our Staten Island best dentist office today to set up your appointment.