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Hood River, OR 97031-1564
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Dental Cleaning Hood River OR

Dental cleanings, also known as prophylaxis cleanings, are a basic yearly treatment that is part of your standard preventive care. Following your daily brushing and flossing, this is the next most important step in gaining a maintaining a healthy mouth. During your dental cleaning appointment, our professional hygienist at Bruce Burton, DMD,, can check the health and status of your gums by tracking and measuring the depth of your gum pockets, and then remove any buildup of plaque and tartar. Scheduling at least one, preferably two, cleanings a year can play a significant role in the long-term health of your teeth.

There are three main steps that are performed during your dental cleaning, including:

•  The tracking and measuring of your gum pockets. This information assists us in diagnosing gum disease and its progress.
•  The removal of plaque and hardened tartar or calculus. This material causes decay of the teeth, infects the gum, and is often the source of bad breath.
•  To remove extrinsic stains through polishing. Stains on teeth are commonly due to foods and drinks that we intake. These surface stains can be lightened and often removed through polishing.

Tracking and Measuring Your Gum Pockets

An important part of your dental cleaning is the measurement of your gum pockets. This is the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who suffer from gum disease develop deep pockets, which is the separating and pulling away of your gum tissue from your teeth. As the gum tissue pulls away, it is removing the strength and stability that your teeth need to remain in place. Patients who suffer from chronic gum disease, known as periodontitis, can lose one or more teeth. During your visit, we will measure the gum pockets, generally speaking, we want the measurement to stay 3mm or better. Measurements exceeding 3mm may require additional assistance to remove the source of infection and strengthen the gums.

Cleaning Process

The term prophylaxis means the removal of disease. We call a dental cleaning a prophylaxis cleaning because it is the action of removing bacteria filled material that naturally accumulates on the surface and along the gum line of your teeth. Our professional hygienist as Bruce Burton, DMD, will remove plaque and tartar through brushing, flossing, and often a tool called a hand scaler. You want a professional to remove this material because it is easy to damage the enamel. Many patients may require additional work to remove the hardened bacteria. Most of our adult patients will have their dental cleaning done through scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. This step is done with an ultrasonic scaler. The ultrasonic scaler blasts a directed stream of oxygenated bubbles at the teeth and below the gum line. It can be thought of as pressure washing your teeth. Following this step, we then smooth the roots of the gums, helping the patient be more successful with flossing at brushing at home.


Once the bacteria-filled material is removed, the hygienist will then use a gritty toothpaste along with a rotary brush to polish the teeth. This step will remove surface stains and help your teeth look brighter and fresher.

Dental Cleanings

We are happy to review our dental cleaning procedures with you before your appointment. Some patients may find that a pain relief option, such as a local anesthetic, helps them feel more comfortable. For more information on dental cleanings, contact Bruce Burton, DMD, at our Hood River location.
(541) 386-2020

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1002 10th St, Suite 1
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-2020
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