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Why Do My Teeth Need to Be Professionally Cleaned?

young woman smilingby Dr Carol Tran, Oral Health Therapist and DHAA Queensland Director and Chair of the Governance Committee

In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily, you are likely aware of the recommendation to go to the dentist every six months to get your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities. But have you ever considered why your teeth need to be cleaned?

The Importance of Debridement

In the dental profession, our term ‘clean’ actually is called ‘debridement,’ which is a more extensive type of cleaning. If you think about this one step further, debridement equals the removal of dead tissues and bacteria. That’s right! Millions of good and bad bacteria live in your mouth.

With a dental cleaning, what happens is that you remove all the thick or dense deposits of plaque and calculus from your teeth using a special scraping tool. Debridement is performed as a preliminary treatment. This is because the deep plaque and calculus covering the teeth prevent the dentist from either detecting gum disease, tooth decay or infections. After debridement is performed, however, your dentist will be able to easily assess your teeth and gums.

If you want to eliminate calculus and plaque even from the deepest part of your gums and teeth, then you should consider having full mouth debridement performed.

Promotes Proper Healing of Teeth and Gums

After debridement is completed, the good bacteria can take over, and your gums and your body are rid of the risk of further infection from these bad bacteria that live below the gum line around your teeth. Debridement also allows the teeth and gums to heal properly and become healthy.

Ensuring Your Comfort

If you have any apprehension about having this procedure performed, we offer local anaesthesia to alleviate anxiety so you can feel comfortable and at ease.

Debridement can go a long towards helping you enjoy optimal oral health! Contact us today for an appointment.

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