Get a Shiny White Smile
Excellent preventive care is the key to having teeth that last a lifetime. Brush for two minutes at least twice a day, floss once a day, and see Dr. Desai every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning. Many people believe that going to the dentist is optional, but we’re here to inform you that it isn’t. Dental cleanings are an essential aspect of maintaining proper oral hygiene. Regular dental cleaning not only keeps your teeth and gums healthy but also allows us to see what’s going on with your teeth so that we may treat problems like cavities or gingivitis early.
What is a Routine Dental Cleaning?
You can remove tartar with the help of professional cleanings. Tartar is a hardened plaque that serves as a home for mouth germs. Cavities and gum disease are caused by oral bacteria converting sugar to acid.
Dentists usually prescribe two dental cleanings each year, but patients who already have gum disease should have their teeth cleaned more frequently, maybe three or more times a year. A routine cleaning appointment includes an examination, which means we’ll keep a lookout for any potential problems.
Why are Dental Cleanings Important?
Dental cleanings are vital because they ensure that the teeth and gums of patients remain healthy. They are an essential part of one’s general oral care routine since they help eliminate plaque and tartar accumulation, leading to mouth problems such as tooth decay. There’s a link between one’s dental health and one’s general health as well.
When a person’s teeth and gums are unhealthy, poor oral health will probably lead to poor overall health, such as heart disease or diabetes. Cleanings can also eliminate any ugly stains on the teeth, letting you show off your smile with pride. However, if you’ve never had a dental cleaning or are unsure whether dental cleanings should be a top priority, consider the following advantages of having your teeth cleaned twice a year at Main Street Dental:
- Cavity Prevention – The prevention of cavities is one of the most obvious reasons people visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. After all, getting a cleaning is significantly less expensive than filling a cavity or having a root canal. Cleaning your teeth is also a lot more enjoyable than having dental cavities filled.
- Tooth Loss Prevention – Gum disease is a severe problem that you must address. Plaque builds up on the teeth, which is the beginning of the problem. Plaque moves down into the tooth as gum disease progresses, destroying supporting bone structures in the jaw. Teeth become loose and begin to fall out as a result of this. Dental cleanings significantly minimize the likelihood of losing teeth due to gum disease.
- Brighten Your Smile – Is it true that a dental cleaning whitens your teeth? The answer is yes, at least for a while! Your teeth will probably whiten a little during the cleaning procedure to remove any plaque and tartar accumulation. Patients who receive frequent dental cleanings have brighter teeth with fewer stains.
What to Expect
A professional cleaning begins by removing tartar and plaque that have built up since your last appointment; they are difficult to remove on your own, even with daily brushing and flossing. Our trained dental hygienist will carefully scrape away debris without harming your enamel using specialized tools. To begin, your dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic instrument with high-speed vibrations and a lubricating mist to dislodge larger chunks of plaque. After that, we’ll remove smaller bits with a fine handheld instrument. We will then scale each tooth individually to eliminate any tartar and plaque. We’ll gently polish your enamel to remove stains once your teeth are free of tartar and plaque. After your cleaning, we can give you a professional fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth even more.
In Between Dental Cleanings
At Main Street Dental, we encourage our patients to maintain their teeth cleaning routine between dental treatments. Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining a healthy set of teeth. We recommend that patients wash their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Make time to floss at least once a day and use a mouthwash to reduce the development of plaque-causing bacteria.
If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, schedule an appointment with us today!