You have no option but to clean your teeth if you want them to be healthy and functional. Dental cleaning essentially removes plaque from the teeth surface and prevents cavities among other serious oral problems. So what are some of the differences between home dental cleaning and professional dental-cleaning?

Home Dental Cleaning
This involves the regular brushing of teeth at home, using an ADA approved toothpaste.  Ideally, you should brush the inner, outer, and grinding surfaces of your teeth for no less than 2 minutes two times a day. Because there are some areas inside your mouth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental practitioners also recommend that you use a piece of clean floss for flossing your teeth every day. If you have discolored teeth and want them to appear whiter, you can consult your dentist about the use of whitening toothpaste and mouthwash which you can buy over the counter.

Professional Dental Cleaning
Consider professional-dental cleaning as the ultimate weapon in the fight against plaque and gum disease. At-home cleaning removes plaque, but not as effectively as a professional cleaning. Over time, plaque builds up on the teeth surface and across the gum line. This plaque eventually coagulates into tartar. Professional cleaning can remove the hardest to reach plaque and tartar.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, patients should go for professional oral cleaning at least once every six months. The dental team will use a range of cleaning tools such as scalers, a small mirror, a tooth polisher, a suction hose as well as a small water hose. Professional flossing is also included to get rid of left over plaque in between the teeth.

At Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts, we strive to guarantee the dental health and comfort of our patients. You can schedule consultations with Dr. Julie Miller or Dr. Zola Makrauer to find out about the best teeth cleaning services for you.