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Professional teeth cleaning and what you should consider

Maybe your dentist already has one for you professional tooth cleaning recommended. Professional teeth cleaning removes plaque and slight discoloration – and despite the advantages, many patients are unsettled and have many questions.

Why should you have professional teeth cleaning done??

Most people clean their teeth with a toothbrush every day. Nevertheless, almost everyone develops tooth decay or periodontitis in their life. As thorough as the daily cleaning is; on average, you can only reach 60 percent of the tooth surfaces. Teeth are angled and the brush, whether electric or manual, does not reach all corners and interdental spaces. This is how the biofilm, also called plaque, can accumulate. The result is tartar, tooth decay and periodontal disease. This is where dental cleaning comes in. Existing tartar is removed and, depending on the method, the teeth are cleaned with a powder jet or ultrasound. Not only is plaque removed at every angle, the teeth are then polished, so that bacteria can colonize the tooth surface more poorly in the future. Finally, the teeth are sealed with a special fluoride varnish or gel.

Advantages of professional teeth cleaning

Plaque leads to tartar, tooth decay and gingivitis, which in the worst case can lead to tooth loss. Professional tooth cleaning removes tartar and plaque particularly thoroughly and is therefore regarded by dentists today as a useful addition to the care of the teeth at home. Your teeth not only stay healthy for longer, they also look healthier: thorough tooth cleaning by a professional not only removes tartar and plaque, but also unsightly stains caused by coffee, tea or nicotine. With no teeth whitening, professional tooth cleaning often lightens the tooth shade by one degree.

What does professional tooth cleaning cost??

Many patients shy away from professional teeth cleaning because they know that health insurance companies do not provide this service. However, professional teeth cleaning is usually cheaper than you might think. The costs can vary between 50 and 150 euros depending on the practice. Although dentists are bound by a fee schedule, the costs are also tied to the amount of time, equipment used and number of teeth.

If professional teeth cleaning is taken over by the health insurance company?

Statutory health insurance companies generally do not take care of cleaning teeth. However, there are some providers who reward their customers for regular tooth cleaning or want to incentivize better dental health by paying the costs. Grants are also sometimes possible. If you are unsure about the price, you should simply ask the dentist directly and before the treatment. Many doctors also offer partial payment options in the event of payment difficulties so that their patients can benefit from professionally cleaned teeth.

Private health insurance companies cover the costs of professional tooth cleaning far more often, but this always depends on the contract selected. Anyone who has taken out private dental supplementary insurance should contact their provider to find out whether professional dental cleaning is included in the services. Supplementary insurance often includes at least one grant – the health benefit is also useful for insurers.

Pain can occur during professional tooth cleaning?

As a rule, tooth cleaning is painless. Only the manual removal of existing tartar can be a little uncomfortable – but this always depends on the individual condition of the bit. After the treatment, the teeth can be somewhat sensitive to heat or cold for a few days. But this quickly subsides.

Are there any disadvantages or side effects in professional tooth cleaning??

Teeth cleaning hardly poses any risks or side effects. Rarely, the gums can be slightly injured and bleed during cleaning. It is therefore important that patients inform the doctor in advance whether blood-thinning medication is taken. People with an artificial heart valve, a pacemaker or a generally higher risk of infection should also inform their doctor. He can then in advance the risk of infection z. B. minimize with antibiotics.

In some people, teeth can be sensitive to a few days after teeth cleaning. The gums can also be a little irritated. However, these symptoms usually subside after a few days.

How often in the year does professional tooth cleaning make sense?

Dentists advise having teeth cleaned twice a year. During this time, possible tartar builds up again and plaque can attack teeth and gums. The six-monthly cleaning significantly reduces the risk of tooth decay and periodontitis and you can easily combine them with your six-monthly routine examinations.

How long is the treatment time for a professional tooth cleaning?

Depending on the effort and condition of the teeth, professional tooth cleaning takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

What is an Airflow teeth cleaning?

The dentist can use various devices for cleaning teeth. Airflow tooth cleaning uses a powder jet as a technique to “blow” the teeth clean. In particular, the interdental spaces can be reached particularly well. The water-powder-air mixture gently removes biofilm and discoloration from coffee, nicotine or red wine and does not attack the sensitive gums.

What is an ultrasonic tooth cleaning?

In professional tooth cleaning with ultrasound, an ultrasound device is used to remove the tartar, which is particularly popular on the inner surfaces of the teeth. The treatment is painless and often more pleasant for the patient than manual removal with hand instruments.

Tooth cleaning at the dentist is the right thing for me?

Healthier, whiter and stronger teeth are the result of regular teeth cleaning. Especially people who suffer from periodontitis, i.e. inflammation of the gums, benefit from thorough cleaning of the teeth. Ask your dentist for a professional tooth cleaning the next time you visit and get advice.

I am over 35, my gums are swollen and bleeding. Should I have PZR done??

A professional tooth cleaning (PZR) is right for you. But you are most likely already suffering Periodontitis (periodontitis) – a dangerous insidious tooth disease. This dental disease belongs to the dental specialty “periodontology”. Together with your dentist, you urgently need to take action.


Professional teeth cleaning, periodontitis, supportive periodontitis therapy are the important issues that are of essential importance for dental health.

Would you like to know more about it??

Here you will find additional information about a professional tooth cleaning.

You can find out everything about periodontology and periodontitis in the Advice for the patient.

Here is the info about UPT – Supportive periodontitis treatment as the most important component of modern periodontitis therapy.

Do you have anymore questions? Visit our website Dentist Krefeld or arrange in our Dental practice in Krefeld an appointment.

We wish you good dental health!

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