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Dental Cleaning & Hygiene

We usually recommend a thorough teeth cleaning every 6-12 months with our specialised dental hygienist team  to give you a solid foundation to prevent future problems.

Dental Cleaning or Dental Prophylaxis is about prevention so you need less treatment in the future.

At your Dental Prophylaxis appointment, the Snö hygienist will perform a short exam to assess the current state of your dental health and then carefully and gently work tooth by tooth to remove calculus (tartar) and plaque before polishing your teeth. When needed you will also receive personalised instruction on how to best take care of your teeth and mouth. A deep cleaning of the teeth typically takes an hour.

Calculus are calcifications of food debris and bacteria that, if left on the teeth for too long, will give you bad breath. It can also cause inflammation in the gums, which can later lead to damage (resorption) of the bone, loosening of the tooth and larger infections. This is often referred to as periodontitis.

Some people get calculus easier than others. Your dentist will let you know how often you need to have a teeth cleaning, according to your level of calculus. Periodontitis is usually a slow progressing disease. When the patient experiences symptoms, it is often more difficult to treat. With the Snö ExamTM, we can inform and help you to prevent the disease from spreading before it sets.

We usually find calculus above the gum line on a tooth – supra gingival. This makes it fairly easy to remove, usually accomplished in one visit. If you have a lot of calculus or have not been to the dentist for a long time, it might require more visits. We can also find calculus under the gum level – sub gingival. This will be detected when we do our Snö Exam with X-rays and 3D scans. X-rays will also tell us about the condition of the roots and bone.

With a probe, we gently assess the root surfaces for any irregularities and how tight the gum adheres. As a part of the Snö Exam, we very precisely measure (perio-charting) the current status of your mouth, and formulate a risk assessment in order to prevent the disease (periodontitis) from spreading.

Example of a thorough charting of a patient’s periodontal status as it is always done at Snö. The appearance may be confusing but not for the dental team. Regular charting is essential to monitor the development of a patient’s condition, both for treatment purposes and prophylaxis. Your dentist should provide you with this information if you move or switch dentists.

During a dental cleaning, the most commonly used treatment to remove calculus is to scrape it off with a designated instrument. Dentists call this treatment a depuration. But today we have even better techniques to help us to do the cleaning gently and effectively.

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At Snö, during a dental cleaning appointment, we use Guided Biofilm Therapy (PERIO-FLOW®) a powerful yet controlled jet of water, air and fine powder that not only polishes all the surfaces of a tooth, removing plaque, discoloration and soft deposits, but also reaches deep into periodontal pockets (if you have any) up to a depth of 0.5mm. It is more efficient than depuration at removing the damaging biofilm that develops when dental plaque is colonised by bacteria, and can cause periodontitis and peri-implantitis to develop. Air flow polishing is completely safe to use with dental implants, veneers, crowns and bridges.

Studies have shown that air polishing is much faster at removing stains and plaque than traditional deep teeth cleaning methods. This means less time in the chair for the patient and therefore fewer interruptions. Teeth are cleaned in a much less abrasive manner than scraping and polishing, which also causes less damage to the teeth. And its much more comfortable for the patient. Sometimes we also complement this with laser treatment (included in the normal treatment), but is usually not needed. If the teeth are sensitive, we can use a local anaesthetic to make it more comfortable.

Stains and Plaque

Apart from treating and preventing periodontitis, a dental cleaning session with our dental hygienist also prevents the other big teeth disease: caries. They can also do bleaching.

Regular dental cleanings are a must for healthy, brighter smiles and to maintain optimum oral health for life. To book your next teeth cleaning in Abu Dhabi, contact Snö Dental Clinics in Abu Dhabi on 800-DENTIST.

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  • What should I expect during a dental teeth cleaning?

    Clean teeth, fresh breath, and a beautiful smile! Cleanings are usually painless and take less than 45 minutes. Our dentist will scrape any plaque from your teeth and then clean and polish your teeth to remove germs, biofilm on and between your teeth during your cleaning. If your teeth appear to be at a higher risk for dental decay, we may recommend a fluoride treatment.

  • What should I do at home to maintain clean teeth?

    Brush your teeth every morning and before going to bed, as well as after each meal. Daily flossing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash are also recommended. This will help maintain your teeth and gums healthy between dental cleanings. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months, and avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes, which can cause dental sensitivity and increase bleeding gums.

  • How often should I visit the dentist for a dental cleaning?

    A professional teeth cleaning and exam should be done twice a year for both children and adults. Patients having a history of periodontal disease or another reoccurring oral disease or condition may need more treatments.

  • What are the benefits of dental cleaning?

    Dental cleanings keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and they can save you money on future dental procedures. Untreated gum disease, for example, may necessitate severe cleaning (scaling and root planing), gum grafting, bone grafting, or tooth replacement.

  • What if I don’t visit the dentist for dental cleaning?

    There are plenty of bacteria in the human mouth. Some bacteria are beneficial to your dental health, while others can be quite harmful. When harmful bacteria build up on your teeth, they generate acids that eat away at the enamel and inflame the gums, resulting in tooth decay, periodontal disease, discoloration, and even tooth loss. As a result of these disorders, further oral diseases may emerge. Regular dental cleanings and proper oral hygiene at home assist in removal of these dangerous germs, plaque, and tartar from your mouth and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

  • Is dental cleaning a painful process?

    Not at all, there is nothing to be afraid about! You may feel some pressure and slight discomfort while the plaque is scraped but the cleaning procedure isn’t painful

  • What is the difference between teeth cleaning and periodontal scaling and root planning?

    Periodontal scaling and root planning are a deep form of cleaning that is usually advised for people who have evidence of gum disease. Loose teeth, deep gum pockets, bleeding gums, and plaque and tartar below the gum line are common problems for those who need this type of dental cleaning. While general dental cleaning is just a routine procedure to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent a deep clean further down the line.

  • How much does a dental cleaning cost?

    Dental cleanings are usually covered by dental insurance. Preventative treatment might cost anything from AED xx to AED xx if you don’t have insurance.