Teeth Cleanings


Despite an effective oral hygiene routine, your toothbrush will be unable to reach all the areas in your mouth. A professional teeth cleaning will remove the food particles and plaque which can accumulate in the pits and fissures of your teeth. It is important to get teeth cleanings before any food particles and plaque hardens into tartar or causes other dental issues.

Tartar is hardened dental plaque which cannot be removed with normal brushing and flossing. If you do not visit your dentist at least twice a year to get it removed professionally, it can start to eat away at your enamel.

Advantages of Teeth Cleaning

The main benefit of teeth cleaning is removing tartar. However, this procedure offers other benefits . They include:

  • Better Overall Health – The human immune system considers tartar to be a threat to the health of the teeth and mouth. So, the body fights off tartar buildup by weakening other aspects of the immune system, leaving you exposed to other bacteria and germs, thus, making you more susceptible to illness and diseases.
  • Healthier Gums – Your immune system will also cause your gums to recede to protect themselves from tartar, resulting in more spaces for the bacteria to collect and affect your mouth. This, in turn, inflames the gums, causes them to bleed, and weakens them along with your teeth, bones and tissue of your mouth.
  • Preventing Dental Issues – Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help your dentist identify a range of dental issues, including tartar buildup, gum recession, deep dental pockets, and bruxism. Your dentist will also get to know your dental habits. For example, professional teeth cleaning will help them assess if you are brushing excessively or less often than required.

The Procedure for Teeth Cleaning

Teeth cleaning can be performed during a regular dental checkup or during a separate teeth cleaning session at Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox’s dental office in Swedesboro. Which of these you opt for depends on your availability, budget, and preferences. However, remember that at your first visit you will be required to fill out some paperwork, and the initial dental assessment will most likely involve dental X-rays. This is all part of a thorough examination to assess your oral health.

Professional teeth cleaning is a really quick and simple process. The dental hygienist or dentist will first check your teeth, locate plaque deposits or tartar buildup, and then begin removing them with the help of special tools. If there is significant damage and tartar seems to have spread. Based on your X-ray, they may refer you other dental treatments as well.

If you or anyone in your family requires professional teeth cleaning and a thorough dental checkup, contact Dr. Fox’s dental office now. Our amazing dental staff is waiting to take care of you and ensure the health and beauty of your smile.
For more information on teeth cleaning or to schedule an appointment, call now at 856 467 1100 or visit us at 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085.