When was the last time you visited your dentist for a routine dental cleaning? Many people have difficulty finding time to schedule a cleaning. In fact, many people assume that brushing and flossing is more than enough to safeguard smiles from serious oral health concerns. What’s so great about a cleaning? The truth is, a cleaning is absolutely vital for avoiding problems like decay or gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings
Question: How often does the dentist recommend having your teeth cleaned?
Answer: Experts at the American Dental Association recommend having your teeth cleaned once every six months. However, if you have risk factors for developing periodontal disease your dentist may suggest more frequent visits, such as every three to four months.
Question: What does the procedure involve?
Answer: We will use either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove the plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth. We will then thoroughly polish the teeth as well. The entire procedure can be completed in a single visit. In fact, we usually offer a checkup and cleaning in the same preventive visit.
Question: How does this improve oral health?
Answer: Removing plaque prevents the buildup from weakening tooth enamel or inflaming the gums. As a result, this preventive procedure can help patients avoid the onset of tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease. Patients also enjoy fresher breath and brighter teeth in the process.
Question: Do I still need to brush and floss at home?
Answer: Yes. You still need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to help control the amount of plaque that accumulates between office visits.