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Dental teeth cleaning is different to your daily tooth brushing at home. When you have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist, it involves removing plaque and tartar (calculus) build-up on your teeth, with the use of specialised instruments.

Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help to strengthen and protect your teeth. Over time, this results in the build-up of calcium deposits which looks like a chalky substance in between your teeth and gums.

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What can I expect at a teeth cleaning appointment?

The dental hygienist will begin by loosening up the deposits in your teeth with an ultrasonic instrument. Depending on how much build-up there is and how often you get your teeth cleaned, this is usually the most time-consuming part of the process. Then, the dentist will switch to a fine hand tool such as a scaler and gently scrape any smaller deposits in between your teeth and gums. Once the dentist is satisfied with the removal of tartar and plaque build-up, they will polish your teeth and apply some fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.

Why do I need regular teeth cleaning?

If the plaque and tartar continue to accumulate on your teeth, it makes it harder for you to floss and brush your teeth at home. It also creates an optimal environment for bacteria to thrive next to your gums. Bacteria that harbour in your gums can cause inflammation and if left untreated, can potentially lead to gum disease.

Will it be painful?

We try to make teeth cleaning as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for our patients and most will say they find the process completely painless. Painful experiences may be due to sore gum tissues which can be prevented by regularly flossing. You'll soon forget any discomfort when your teeth are feeling smooth and looking clean.

Does a dental check-up include a clean?

No. A dental check-up is where your dentist assess the health of your teeth, gums and jaw. In some cases, a cancer screening may be performed.

A cleaning is where plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth. This is a type of cleaning you can’t achieve even with the best at-home oral care routine.

When should my child have their first dental check-up?

You can bring your child in for their first dental check either soon after their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.

This appointment is more to help get your child used to the dentist and dental visits. But it will also allow us to assess how their teeth are coming through and provide any advice if necessary.

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How often should I have my teeth cleaned at the dentist?

At Bite Dental Studios we like to advise our patients to book in their teeth cleaning appointments every six months. Sometimes this may vary depending on your gum health and personal situation.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a dental check-up take?

A comprehensive dental check-up should include a thorough medical and dental history, a close examination of the head, neck and mouth and a detailed conversation about your current dental health and the future of your mouth and teeth. Often your dentist will also take radiographs and run tests to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. In order to achieve this in an appointment, your dentist should schedule around an hour if you are new to the practice. This can be done in a shorter appointment if you are a regular patient.

A dental cavity forms when bacteria in the mouth use sugar from your diet to create acids that dissolve the hard crystals of the tooth. Initially, a dental cavity looks like a freckle on the surface of the tooth and is painless. In this state the cavity can still be "healed" or reversed if you stop the acid from dissolving further and supply the tooth with minerals it can absorb. This means cutting away or cutting down the sugar supply to the bacteria and increasing the minerals available to the tooth. The best mineral we have to heal teeth is fluoride and the best source of this is toothpaste. Brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste, applying toothpaste directly to the area like an ointment and increasing the strength of your toothpaste will help reverse the early decay. If the decay progresses beyond this into the inner layer of the tooth, which sometimes causes sensitivity and sometimes does not, it is irreversible and will continue to decay further. In this case, your dentist needs to remove the decayed tissue and place a filling.

Regular preventive dental appointments are important as they are not ‘just a clean’ but a review of the whole mouth. Attending these appointments ensures that the bacteria under the gums are removed regularly, any signs of decay or other dental lesions are diagnosed early to avoid future dental emergencies.  The hygienist also reviews oral hygiene habits at home and are able to provide better recommendations to improve oral health.

A comprehensive dental check-up should include a thorough medical and dental history, a close examination of the head, neck and mouth and a detailed conversation about your current dental health and the future of your mouth and teeth. Often your dentist will also take radiographs and run tests to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. In order to achieve this in an appointment, your dentist should schedule around an hour if you are new to the practice. This can be done in a shorter appointment if you are a regular patient.

Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria and food particles, and builds up on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque, if left unremoved, can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If plaque is not removed by regular brushing and flossing as well as professional dental cleanings, plaque can harden into what is known as tartar. An accumulation of plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of the gums and lead to gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease. We recommend that you come in for a dental teeth cleaning every six months to get rid of any plaque that has built up over time.

A dental cavity forms when bacteria in the mouth use sugar from your diet to create acids that dissolve the hard crystals of the tooth. Initially, a dental cavity looks like a freckle on the surface of the tooth and is painless. In this state the cavity can still be "healed" or reversed if you stop the acid from dissolving further and supply the tooth with minerals it can absorb. This means cutting away or cutting down the sugar supply to the bacteria and increasing the minerals available to the tooth. The best mineral we have to heal teeth is fluoride and the best source of this is toothpaste. Brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste, applying toothpaste directly to the area like an ointment and increasing the strength of your toothpaste will help reverse the early decay. If the decay progresses beyond this into the inner layer of the tooth, which sometimes causes sensitivity and sometimes does not, it is irreversible and will continue to decay further. In this case, your dentist needs to remove the decayed tissue and place a filling. 

We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day in order to maintain optimal oral health and keep the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth under control. When you brush your teeth, it is important that you brush for a reasonable amount of time. A quick 30-second brushing of your teeth is not enough to properly remove plaque, so we suggest that you brush for at least two minutes each time.

An oral health exam at Bite Dental Studios involves:

  • Detailed review of medications, illness and allergies
  • Extra oral examination of skin, lips, jaw muscles and lymph glands
  • Check of jaw joints for arthritis, clicking or grinding
  • Oral / mouth cancer check
  • Full assessment of gum disease
  • Measurements of the amount of scale and oral hygiene levels
  • Assessment of any previous dental treatment
  • A check for wear and grinding of teeth and any cracked or fractured teeth

The benefits of regular dental check-ups and cleans can include: fewer cavities, less risk of oral cancer, gum disease or the need for root canal therapy.

Regular cleans from your dentist can remove plaque that brushing and flossing cannot remove.

Regular check-ups don’t only look at what’s visible above the gum line. With x-rays you whole mouth can be checked, allowing us to provide you with the best oral health care.

Regular preventive dental appointments are important as they are not ‘just a clean’ but a review of the whole mouth. Attending these appointments ensures that the bacteria under the gums are removed regularly, any signs of decay or other dental lesions are diagnosed early to avoid future dental emergencies. The hygienist also reviews oral hygiene habits at home and are able to provide better recommendations to improve oral health.