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Ultrasound to maintain a healthy mouth 

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“The dentist is not one of those places you go to for pleasure”

The sounds, the smells, and especially the sense of helplessness when we sit in the chair, contribute to increase the sentiments we feel when someone manipulates our mouths.

However, despite the aversion that we feel, of all the treatments there is one that we should never ignore: dental cleaning. If you are lax in these matters, you should go once a year; but if we really care about hygiene and prevention, we should do it at least two a year.

Trinidad González, a hygienist at the Artedental clinic in Puerto de la Cruz, is blunt: “Almost all the ills of our mouth could be prevented with this treatment. First, because it contributes to maintaining oral hygiene, for which daily brushing is not enough; and second because the simple assistance to the dentist allows a professional to check our mouth and find any problem in time.”

Professional dental cleaning prevents infections in the teeth and diseases of the gums such as gingivitis or periodontitis. This is done by ultrasound, using the power of high frequency sound waves to help eliminate plaque and tartar from the teeth. With dental cleaning, it is also possible to clarify certain spots of our teeth. Some cavities can also be hidden by plaque and tartar.

“It is very important to do a good cleaning to leave these lesions exposed when they are still small and treat them then,” says the Artedental hygienist.

HOW DOES ULTRASOUND DENTAL LEANING WORK?

The ultrasonic system has recently replaced manual scaling of tartar, much more laborious for the hygienist and more tired and uncomfortable for the patient.

A thirty minute session will suffice in most cases to remove tartar and plaque accumulated since the previous year’s cleaning.

The dentist cleans the teeth by means of ultrasonic or high frequency vibrations by means of an apparatus that emits different ultrasonic vibrations that consists of a control unit that regulates the intensity and interchangeable tips with which it is possible to reach the corners of difficult access. The tips, which are curved, vibrate while they pour water to clean the remains that come off. The dental hygienist is passing the tip over the surface of the teeth, insisting on those areas where tartar accumulates, such as under the gum line.

DOES A DENTAL CLEANING HURT FOR ULTRASOUND?

No, the technique is painless and most patients will only feel a vibration. Some patients with a high sensitivity to teeth or those who, due to the retraction of the gums, have exposed the root of the teeth may feel discomfort. In this case, cleaning can be done under local anesthesia.

ADVANTAGES OF ULTRASOUND DENTAL CLEANING

The convenience and speed of the procedure

The possibility of reaching all corners

Painless technique

Eliminates many stains normally produced by food, coffee, tobacco …

DISADVANTAGES OF ULTRASOUND DENTAL CLEANING

The main disadvantage is that it can generate discomfort in people with restorations or sensitive teeth. And that its use is not recommended in patients who have pacemakers because the vibrations could perhaps alter the good functioning of the device.

A professional dental cleaning will leave, in addition to the clean teeth, a fresher mouth because a good part of the cases of halitosis are produced by the accumulation of tartar. In addition, tartar and bacterial plaque are the main responsible for tooth decay, as well as gum diseases.