What typically comes to mind when one hears the term “dental cleanings” is the biannual teeth cleaning performed by their hygienist. However, that is not the only type of professional teeth-cleaning that’s performed at your dentist office. Periodontal cleanings are also done by a San Diego best dentist at Hurst Dental Care but for a different purpose.
Dental cleanings and periodontal cleanings are both professional cleanings that are done at your San Diego best dentist office. Both cleanings aim to achieve good gum health but that is the only similarity among them. However, the main goal of each is completely different. Prophylaxis or the routine, regular teeth cleaning you get every six months by your hygienist is done for preventive purposes. It is performed to help maintain good dental health and to prevent potential oral health future problems from happening. This type of cleaning is only done on patients with good oral health. There are certain criteria that must be met to get a regular professional teeth-cleaning. In order to get a prophylaxis, the patient cannot have any bleeding nor any mobility of teeth, receded areas or exposed teeth. During the dental cleaning, also called prophylaxis, the professional hygienist at Hurst Dental Care will use a special dental tool to eliminate plaque, tartar and other substances from the teeth and gums. This helps to prevent periodontal (gum disease) from ever developing. However, if a patient has periodontal disease, he or she will need to get a periodontal cleaning (this is also called periodontal maintenance). Unlike prophylaxis which is done for preventative purposes, the periodontal cleaning is done to treat a patient’s periodontal disease. This deep cleaning is typically performed by a periodontist; not the hygienist. The procedure is done to thoroughly clean the teeth to stop periodontal disease from progressing. Periodontal cleanings will usually have to be done about three to four times per year. However, this will vary from patient to patient.
To learn more about teeth cleanings, you should consult with our expert hygienist. Contact our San Diego best dentist office today to set up your appointment.