Three Kinds of Dental Cleanings | Smile Workshop New Braunfels

[:en]Did you know that there are several different kinds of techniques that dentists use for dental cleanings? Most people are completely unaware that there are different ways to clean teeth. When people schedule an appointment with a dentist for a routine cleaning, they often learn that they actually needed a deep cleaning or a debridement instead. As your local dentist, Smile Workshop New Braunfels has the scoop on which type of dental cleanings might be right for your teeth.

Routine Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

Routine dental cleanings, or prophylaxis for those looking to get a bit more technical, are essentially just cleanings done to prevent different types of dental problems from occurring in the future. These problems include, but are not limited to, gum disease, cavities and bone loss. Your local dentist will recommend this type of cleaning to be done every six months to maintain proper dental health. If this type of dental cleaning is not what you need, don’t worry. Smile Workshop New Braunfels has all of your dental needs covered.

Deep Cleaning (Periodontal Scaling)

Periodontal Scaling, or deep cleanings, are generally recommended for patients who are already suffering from some type of gum disease. They will deep clean your gums to prevent the gum disease from spreading any further. Gum disease starts because there is plaque on your teeth. When this plaque hardens, it is known as calculus, or tartar, and can cause many problems for you and your mouth. Deep cleanings are performed to clean this calculus off of your teeth, and to clean the roots of your teeth to prevent the problem from getting out of hand.


While debridement is not necessarily your regular kind of teeth cleaning, it can be absolutely necessary for anyone who has not had their teeth cleaned by a professional in over a year. The purpose of a debridement is to remove any of the excess plaque that has built up in huge quantities due to improper dental care over time. When this plaque is gone, your local dentist will be able to accurately asses the condition of your gums in order to know which treatment option is best for you.

Knowing which type of treatment option is best for you can help your dentist provide better professional treatment. If you recognize any of these problems in your own mouth, you should let your dentist know so that they can more easily assess what the best treatment option is for you. Remember that your dentist is not the only one that can clean your teeth. You should also be brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day to prevent plaque from building up in excess on your teeth. To learn more about the different kinds of dental cleanings give us a call or schedule an appointment today!

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