Cleanings are a crucial part of your preventative care and can help prevent issues like decay, gingivitis and gum disease.
What are Dental Cleanings?
Dental cleanings are performed in-office by a licensed dental hygienist. Cleanings are a crucial part of your preventative care and can help prevent issues like decay, gingivitis and gum disease. The procedure is performed on all patients coming into the office in conjunction with a thorough dental examination. Every member of your family should have regular bi-annual dental cleanings done to keep their teeth healthy and clean. Professional cleanings remove hardened plaque, tartar and staining that is otherwise impossible for you to remove on your own. Along with a cleaning, the hygienist will measure your gum pockets during the appointment to check for signs of gingivitis and gum disease.
Why would you need Dental Cleanings?
Dental cleanings help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Over time, hardened plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. Some people are more prone to developing calculus than others, even with rigorous brushing day and night. Even with optimal dental hygiene practiced at home, you still need a professional cleaning once every six months. If you fail to have a cleaning done, the hardened plaque and tartar will continue to accumulate and can cause problems with underlying decay, gum inflammation and bad breath. Dental cleanings take less than an hour and can completely transform your oral health. Children need to have regular cleanings as well, and it is recommended to first bring your child to see the dentist when their first teeth begin to come up through their gums.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Cleanings?
Everyone is a good candidate for dental cleanings. It’s recommended that you have a dental cleaning performed by a hygienist once every six months. This helps to keep up with plaque and tartar removal as well as provide you with regular gum checks. Gingivitis is the first sign of gum disease and at this stage, it is completely reversible. If you have routine cleanings, you will be told if you have gingivitis so that you can begin treatment before it is allowed to progress. If you have gum disease or heavy buildup on your teeth, you may be told that you need a deeper cleaning known as a scaling and root planing. Each member of your family should visit the dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and examination.
What can you expect during a routine Dental Cleaning?
When you arrive at the office, you’ll be greeted by the hygienist who will take x-rays to help in diagnosing underlying conditions and problems. The hygienist starts by measuring your gum pockets to check for signs of gingivitis as well as periodontal disease. If it is found that you have gum disease, other treatments are necessary and can be done at the time of your appointment. A regular cleaning often involves a series of tools, known as scalers, that are used to scrape debris off of the teeth. The hygienist may also use a powered scaler that shoots water into the areas it is removing the calculus to flush the debris away. Some people experience sensitivity and feel slight pressure on the teeth when having a cleaning done. Once the cleaning is finished, your teeth will be polished and flossed. After this is done, you will have a dental exam done that will check for signs of decay and other intraoral-related problems at the time of your visit.
If you need a dental cleaning or want to inquire more about this procedure, call our office and we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.