Professional teeth cleanings (PTC)
Has your dentist ever advised you to have your teeth professionally cleaned? Maybe you found the offer plausible, but maybe it was a little unsettling. We clarify the most important questions for you!
How useful is a PTC
An optimal supplement to normal dental care is professional tooth cleaning (PTC), which takes place in the dental practice because it is carried out by your dentist or a specially trained specialist. Scientific studies confirm that a regularly performed PTC effectively prevents both tooth decay and gum inflammation. So we can say in advance: Yes! A professional dental cleaning makes sense.
Professional teeth cleaning: What is it about?
Professional tooth cleaning is a main component of dental prophylaxis, mostly individual prophylaxis. It means a comprehensive mechanical cleaning of the teeth that eliminates the deficiencies of daily oral hygiene. The plaque on the teeth cannot be completely removed with home dental care alone, i.e. brushing in the morning and evening, using interdental brushes and dental floss.
How does a professional teeth cleaning work?
First, the teeth are stained with a plaque test to make plaque and tartar visible. In the next step, the tartar is removed. The discolourations made visible in advance are cleaned by the dentist or the specially trained prophylaxis assistant in a gentle procedure. Hand instruments such as scalers or special airflow and ultrasound devices are used for this purpose. If there are deposits in the interdental spaces, dental floss and dental devices such as interdental brushes and scrapers are used. Then the teeth are cleaned with an Airflow powder jet. This device can reduce discolouration, e.g. from stimulants. The teeth are then rinsed with water and dried with air before exposed tooth necks and fine cracks within the tooth substance are polished and sealed with a special paste. A final fluoridation is intended to provide protection against caries, as the application of the fluoride gel makes it more difficult for new plaque to form.
Does professional teeth cleaning hurt?
Especially when doing a treatment for the first time, there is often a fear that it might hurt. Patients with exposed tooth cavities often find the removal of tartar unpleasant, but the procedure does not cause any real pain! Generally speaking, the more proper your oral hygiene at home is and the more regularly you go for individual prophylaxis, the less tartar and plaque will form. The prophylaxis assistant will have to remove less plaque and the treatment will be much more pleasant.
How long does a professional teeth cleaning take and what does it cost?
Depending on the effort involved, the treatment lasts between 30 and 90 minutes. As described above, the extent of the treatment depends on how thoroughly you clean and take precautions at home. The average cost is around 80 euros, which is generally a private service that you have to pay for yourself. However, some statutory health insurance companies have recognised that professional teeth cleaning offers their patients a great advantage and cover the costs of PTC or at least grant a subsidy. However, such offers are voluntary benefits that each health insurance company can decide on independently and independently of the (german) National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists (kzbv). It is best to ask your health insurance company about this! There are also many different supplementary dental insurances: We currently have a great deal for you with the Bayerische insurance company.
Does professional teeth cleaning have disadvantages?
After cleaning, patients occasionally complain of situational pain, which is usually felt at the necks of the teeth. Temporary hypersensitivity to cold and heat as well as acidic foods and drinks is possible. In addition, opponents of prophylaxis rightly claim that the teeth are again covered by a biofilm (plaque) after 24 hours. The teeth may shine again, but since most patients do not want to give up tea, coffee or red wine in the long term, plaque can re-establish itself relatively quickly after professional tooth cleaning. However, experience shows that tartar and plaque cannot be completely removed by home cleaning alone. Therefore, PTC should be regarded as an essential instrument that supports individual tooth cleaning. Studies prove the key role of professional tooth cleaning in the prevention of tooth decay and periodontitis!
What are the advantages of professional teeth cleaning?
There are both medical and cosmetic benefits of professional teeth cleaning. The medical benefits naturally include prevention of tooth decay and periodontitis, the smoothing and mineralisation of the teeth and, last but not least, the maintenance of healthy oral flora. Cosmetic benefits include smoother surfaces and significantly brighter, shinier teeth. Professional tooth cleaning is particularly beneficial for braces and denture wearers, as problem areas are often difficult or impossible to reach with a toothbrush. In addition, bridges and crowns are more durable with regular care. People with pain-sensitive necks of teeth or chronic diseases, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women, also benefit from professional teeth cleaning!
Professional teeth cleaning during pregnancy, really?
Many women are unaware that periodontitis, for example, can significantly increase the risk of giving birth. PZR plays an important role in prophylaxis, especially during pregnancy. As many women suffer from morning sickness in the first trimester, this has a significant impact on oral health and brushing habits. A professional dental cleaning can therefore be an extraordinary benefit! Good dental prophylaxis is also important in the second trimester of pregnancy. It has been proven that children of a mother with healthy teeth are less likely to develop tooth decay than children of a mother with tooth decay! Some health insurance companies recommend professional teeth cleaning from the 13th week of pregnancy and to repeat this shortly before delivery. During this period, the costs are often covered in full by the health insurance companies!
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