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Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning
Tooth decay and gum disease are largely caused by plaque, a sticky combination of bacteria and food. Plaque begins to accumulate on teeth within 20 minutes after eating. If this plaque is not removed thoroughly each day, tooth decay will flourish. Over time, plaque ...Read more
Can ultrasonic teeth cleaning make holes in my teeth that werent there before i got the cleaning done?
No but...: If you have unhealthy enamel already (decalcification spots on your teeth), extensive, improper use of ultrasonic devices can cause cavitation (holes) that weren't there before. Now for this to happen, the teeth have to be pretty darn weak to begin with. So really, the answer to your question is no. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's all good: There really is no con to either of those. Regular waterpik use will help keep you teeth and gums clean and healthy; however, it's not a substitute for flossing. Dental floss is the only way to clean the point at which the teeth physically touch each other. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was wondering what are the pros and cons of getting an ultrasonic teeth cleaning verus hand scaling?
Prophylaxis: Both hand scalers and ultrasonic scalers can accomplish the same thing. Most dentists and dental hygienists have a preference and the vast majority use both. Some patients find the noise and vibration more annoying with the ultrasonic scalers. As a dentist i personally find the ultrasonic scaler more effective and quicker in removing calculus and deposits although i often use hand scalers as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly.: Hard brushes and some toothpastes can abrade enamel and exposed root. There are metal cleaning picks being sold that should never be used for the same reason. Watch your cleaning technique. Some people are sensitive to detergents in some toothpastes or rinses, such as sodium laurel sulfate, and may develop mouth sores as a result. Have your dentist demonstrate the best products for your mouth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Removes debris : Deep cleaning or scaling of teeth is done to remove debris (tarter) and toxins from the root of each tooth as well as the sulcus (collar of gum tissue around each tooth). These are removed as they cause inflammation of these tissues, and subsequent bone loss (periodontal disease). You will also find your breath with will improve from removal of the active disease, bacteria and toxins. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be: If you need it there can be a benefit. You want to be sure you have an accurate diagnosis indicating inflammation, pocket depths over 3 mm, bleeding on probing and possible horizontal bone loss. If not sure, get a second opinion from a Periodontist. After all, it is your mouth and you should be knowledgeable about and confident in any treatment and Provider. Due Diligence. Good Luck. ...Read more
Definetely: The dental hygenists are educated and trained to perform different types of teeth cleaning. In most cases, they clean your teeth more efficiently and effectively than the dentists. But the dentists supervising the hygenists should give you the periodic / routine exam, not the hygenists. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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