The Best Teeth Cleaning in Santa Clarita
At New Age Dental Group in Santa Clarita, we offer our patients the best and most affordable dental cleanings in the area. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff always listens to you and never rushes through any appointment. Instead, we take our time to educate our patients on all our dental cleaning procedures.
What is a Dental Cleaning? Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?
Before getting a dental cleaning, it is important to know what it is and if you need one. A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or a dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only between 30 and 40 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every four to six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planning, and polishing.
Scaling helps remove plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has led to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve best results, both electric and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.
Root planning is the process of cleaning pockets in the gums to treat and prevent gum problems. Root planning is used to treat moderate to advanced gum diseases. When the gum is inflamed, gum pockets become deeper and they may lose connections to the bone inside. The deeper the pockets, the easier it is for plaque deposits to become trapped and worsen gum problems. Through root planning, we insert a pointed dental tool called a scaler into the gum pockets to clean plaque buildup. Depending on the degree of complexity, root planning may take several appointments and a local anesthesia may be used to prevent pain.
Polishing is the last step in tooth cleaning and involves finishing the surface of the teeth to make them shiny and clean. There are two kinds of polishing: air polishing and rubber tip polishing. Air polishing works by spraying high pressured water mixed with baking soda paste onto the surface of your teeth. This powered water washes away residue and plaque while baking soda removes stains. Rubber cup polishing uses a low-speed and gentle handpiece that contains a polishing paste made of abrasive ingredients ideal for removing stains.