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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
Yes!: You should still see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning. Brushing and flossing remove plaque but not all of it. As plaque is left to harden it creates tartar, only a dental hygienist or professional cleaning can remove tartar buildup. Additionally, it's important to see a dentist regularly to prevent any problems, like cavities, before the get worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm getting teeth cleaning at the dentist and i want to know if it will hurt. Will they use sharp tools?
Depends: Sounds like you have't had a cleaning in awhile. The more time that goes by between cleanings leads to more work for the hygienist and more you will have to endure. Today's methods are quite a bit faster than previous years as we have piezo-electric cleaners, ultrasonic cleaners as well as scalers (sharp instruments) to remove the tartar accumulations from your teeth. Regular cleanings are best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had got teeth cleaning and feelin about a week ago and and as of today im getting pain in that area.. What can it b it hurts bad?
Cost is relative : These days. People will without hesitation spend $250 on a pair of sneakers but will balk at paying $150 for a relatively good cleaning and will find a coupon for a $29 cleaning. It's a material world! i tell my patients a saying i once heard -- "be true to your teeth or they will be false to you". So invest in your health - you can't go wrong there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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