What is Teeth Cleaning? Get Informed First

Teeth cleaning is essential because it removes the plaque and tartar that allow bacteria to thrive; this bacterium causes your gums to bleed – an early sign of gingivitis, a gum disease that can cause the development of deep “pockets” in the gums that allow for plaque and tartar buildup around the roots.

Scaling and root planning are two of the most effective ways of removing plaque and tartar before it develops into gingivitis. At Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry,

Dr. Serena Kurt will gently perform scaling to remove plaque from the surface of teeth and root planing to smooth the tooth root and remove infected tooth structure.

Experience painless and efficient deep teeth cleaning to improve the health of your teeth in the San Diego area.

We know that, depending on the severity of plaque buildup on the tooth surface and the depth of pockets, dental cleaning can be painful, so they use techniques and products that drastically reduce pain and improve your level of comfort during deep cleanings.


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Why You Need Professional Teeth Cleaning?

Your teeth can become stained or discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. Using an advanced process, our San Diego dentist, Dr. Kurt, will gently bleach your teeth to restore your smile.

While brushing your teeth and using mouthwash at home on a regular basis is highly recommended, regular teeth cleaning from our San Diego dentist is just as important. In our clinic, we perform a thorough cleaning, reaching areas that your toothbrush can’t. Dr. Serena Kurt spots any symptoms of dental problems and deals with them before they get any worse.

We have cleaning and teeth whitening services that are safe and efficient for you and your family. We also perform these dental care services with high professionalism and on a more personal level to give you total satisfaction.

Teeth cleaning is a safe, secure and effective way to remove or bleach visible stains on your teeth. Regular cleaning is recommended to prevent plaque, tooth decay, and gum diseases. A shiny, white smile is a feature you want to cherish, as it will improve your overall look and feel.

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5 Different Types of Dental Cleanings Explained

There are different types of cleanings depending on whether the patient has a healthy mouth, gingivitis or periodontal disease.

  • Prophylaxis. A Preventative cleaning reserved for people who have healthy mouths. They may have a localized area of gingivitis, but no signs of periodontal disease (as determined by probing around the tooth) and no heavy bleeding during probing or cleaning.
  • Gross debridement. A gross debridement is a cleaning that consists of a generalized removal of plaque and calculus in people with gingivitis or periodontal disease. Is usually done to allow better access and visibility for diagnosis and probing and to allow the gum inflammation to settle down before further treatment.
  • Periodontal Cleaning. Periodontal cleaning is the treatment given to people with periodontal disease at a frequency of at least every three months to prevent further bone loss. One of the methods of cleaning that we specialize in Serena Dentistry.
  • Deep Cleaning. Deep cleaning is the treatment for mild to moderate generalized or advanced localized periodontal disease. A gross debridement usually precedes it. Sometimes referred to as a “root cleaning.” Antibiotic gels are used in conjunction with root planning to treat periodontal disease and to place it at the same appointment as the root planning.
  • Scale and Polish. This treatment is for people with moderate to severe gingivitis or early periodontal disease. It is a fine-tuning to ensure removal of calculus under the gums and to get the patient on the road to health.
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When Do You Need Dental Deep Cleaning?

You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth, or eating, and sometimes your gums may bleed a bit. As the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, our dentist will clean your teeth by scaling and polishing them. They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, and show you how to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Most adults have some degree of gum disease.

If gingivitis not treated, the inflammation will work its way down towards the foundations of the tooth causing a “periodontal pocket.” Again, within the confines of the pocket, the conditions are such that the bacteria can have a right old party, and cause more damage.

Gum disease can break down the bone structures of the teeth so that eventually, they will become loose. The problem is that until it gets quite severe, the person often has no symptoms. Sadly, the damage to the support structures of the teeth is irreversible. The good news is that if you treat gum disease in time, its progression can stop, from there you can start recovery, and that is the key.

To stop gum disease from progressing, your dentist may advise periodontal therapy or deep cleaning. Gets rid of the bacteria in the pocket and provides the necessary conditions for healing to occur.

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The Difference between Deep Cleaning and Regular Cleaning

There is some confusion about the difference between scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure.

If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gum line.

The two processes tend to blur together since, during the cleaning process, the dental worker scales away tartar and performs any necessary root planing at the same time. Any roughness can be planed away to result in a silky smooth surface. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate, chat with us!

Is Getting Your Teeth Cleaned Suppose to Hurt?

Depending on the depth of the pocket and severity of the root surface irregularity, the dentist may wish to make the area numb so that the process is comfortable for you. Don’t hesitate to discuss with our dentist how to best manage any discomfort.

Sometimes if the pockets are not too deep, there may be little or no pain during the procedure – even without numbing. The only sensation may be the physical scraping feeling along the teeth as the area is cleaned and smoothened. A root planed root surface free of tartar has a better chance of allowing the gum tissues to heal and reattach to it.

As a result, deep cleaning can reduce some deep gum pockets.

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3 Reasons to Getting a Deep Teeth Cleaning In Clairemont

Dr. Serena Kurt is the best dentist in San Diego because she uses an advanced in-office procedure too gently, yet effectively, whiten and brighten dull, discolored teeth.

  • Improve Your Overall Health. Many studies have proved the connection between the oral and overall health. Studies have demonstrated that the root of diseases such as stroke and cardiovascular diseases starts with oral health. This is why deep dental cleaning can be your ally in preventing medical conditions that are related to oral issues. Moreover, the regular dental checks and deep cleaning procedure can help you in the early diagnosing of diseases which in the worst case scenario can be life-threatening.
  • Prevent Tooth Loss. Most common cause of gum disease is the built-up plaque, and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Since deep dental cleaning includes removing the plaque from your gums and teeth, it helps prevent loose tooth or worse, a tooth loss.
  • Brighten Your Smile. A sparkling white smile is what we all want. We all know how important is a bright smile for self-confidence, but it is not always easy to maintain white teeth due to our daily habits such as drinking coffee and smoking. Is why you need to consider deep dental cleaning on a regular basis.
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How Often Should I Go to the Dentist for a Teeth Cleaning?

According to the dentists, you should clean your teeth at least once a year. It would be ideal if you can get into the routine of doing deep cleaning and a thorough examination once in every six months.

Moreover, if you have a history of gum disease, it’s very probable that you will need to this more often to prevent infections or diseases from reoccurring. It is best to consult with our specialists to know how often you should do a deep dental cleaning as every case is particular to each person.

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What Can I Expect When I Come for a Teeth Cleaning?

  • Discomfort can vary after root planing, but one can expect it to be sorer afterward since it’s usually in a deeper region under the gums.
  • The teeth themselves can become a bit more sensitive to temperature, and bleeding might occur for a little while.
  • Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen work very well to alleviate discomfort, but you can take stronger painkillers if you need them.
  • Brushing and flossing can be delayed or done more gently to avoid aggravating any bruised or tender gum areas.
  • Your dentist or hygienist may recommend salt water or chlorhexidine rinses.

It’s a fact that professional teeth cleanings can keep your teeth and gums in tip-top condition for years to come.

However, you may be wondering if there are any side effects to professional teeth cleaning. Side effects are usually temporary and depend on the patient’s oral health. The type of teeth cleaning performed can also affect the types of side effects which are experienced.

Professional teeth cleaning side effects include:

  • Sore gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth pain or discomfort
  • Sensitivity to temperature

Most side effects go away within a few days of your dental cleaning. Individuals with good oral health practices may experience fewer side effects than people who do not brush, floss, or visit their dentist regularly.

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The veneers fabrication process varies slightly, depending on the particular type of porcelain used, but for the most part, the procedure remains largely the same.

Using the impressions sent to the dentist, a ceramist creates a working model. Also, inside this replica, he or she builds up multiple layers of porcelain, using intense heat or pressure to increase the strength of the material.

All layers of porcelain may be the same shade, or the ceramist may hand-paint each layer for the most lifelike appearance possible.

When a dentist uses CEREC® advance technology to fabricate dental veneers, the process is much quicker. As a result, after analyzing the computer images and making any necessary adjustments, the dentist sends the images to a milling system.

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Latest News & Articles Regarding Your Oral Health

Take some time to read the latest news and articles regarding your oral health. This includes helpful tips on how to improve your dental health and articles regarding innovations in the dental world. In the meantime, we also included some tips to make your dental tourism trip much easier and comfortable.

Finally, we also include some interesting reads for a better understanding of the medical, dental field. At Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we care about you, but most of all, we value your trust.

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