Teeth cleanings, also known as dental cleanings, are fairly routine procedures that nonetheless play an important part in your overall health. While many people realize that cleanings are good for your teeth, patients are usually surprised to learn that problems in the mouth can cause, or act as indicators for other problems in the body (such as diabetes and heart disease). Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we see about this topic
Is Teeth Cleaning Necessary?
Yes! Having your teeth cleaned regularly is important for two reasons:
- It helps prevent tooth loss
- It can help prevent diseases such as heart disease and dementia from occurring in the rest of the body
How Does This Prevention Work?
When you clean your teeth, you are removing layers of plaque and tartar that have naturally accumulated in your mouth (from eating food, talking, yawning etc.) This buildup of plaque, if left untreated, will lead to chronically inflamed and bleeding gums, also known as gum disease. As gum disease progresses it destroys your teeth, and also keeps your immune system constantly activated. Unfortunately this wears out your immune system meaning it won’t be at maximum capacity to fight off other illnesses. Research has shown that preventing gum disease may lessen the burden of strokes, heart disease and diabetes. Cleaning your teeth regularly is an essential part of preventing gum disease and all its unwanted consequences.
What Can I Expect During My Cleaning?
During your appointment, a dental hygienist will clean your teeth. They will scale the plaque and tartar off your teeth and polish them with a special toothpaste. Your cleaning may or may not include fluoride.
How long Does The Treatment Take?
Altogether, the cleaning should take about a half an hour.
Will Having My Teeth Cleaned Hurt?
It shouldn’t hurt. We use state-of- the-art equipment and are careful to accommodate those with sensitive teeth. To make the cleaning even more comfortable, we also offer:
- TV Satellite glasses.
- Moisturizing hand treatment during appointments.
- Laughing gas (if desired)
What Does It Mean If My Teeth Bleed?
Teeth bleeding is likely a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early, yet common stage of gum disease. It’s estimated that about 80% of Canadians have it. If your gums bleed, talk to your dental hygienist. You may need to do a better job of brushing and flossing at home. That could mean brushing and flossing more frequently, with a different technique or with a new toothbrush.
Will Cleaning Get Rid Of The Stains On My Teeth?
Unfortunately, no. Teeth stains need to be removed with a special teeth whitening treatment. This can be done on a separate visit to the dentist with a take home kit. We can consult with you on which option makes the most sense depending on the situation.
At What Age Should My Baby First Have Their Teeth Cleaned?
Your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than after their first birthday.
How Much Does It Cost To Have My Teeth Cleaned?
All prices are standardized according to the Ontario Dental Association fee guide.
Feel free to let us know if you have any other questions! We look forward to seeing you at your
next teeth cleaning appointment!