The bottom line is that you should get your teeth cleaned twice a year to stay in good health. Good cleaning removes not only the plaque from your teeth, but it also rids them of the bacteria that causes the plaque. Even with the best oral hygiene habits, however, some plaque buildup is to be expected within a matter of months. After a lengthy stay, plaque begins to calcify, leading to the need for another professional cleaning. Once it reaches the tartar stage, your oral health could be in jeopardy. Problems such as cavities and gingivitis could result.
It’s Painless to Get Your Teeth Cleaned Regularly
Getting your teeth professionally cleaned can be simple and pain-free. It can even save you time and money because you won’t have to pay for expensive fillings or need to go through hours of oral surgery to get a root canal. What’s more, most insurance policies cover for preventative dental care at least twice per year.
The first step in getting a regular cleaning involves getting an oral exam. Using a mirror, a dental hygienist will check inside your mouth, go around your teeth, and look for any signs of gingivitis or other oral health issues. Then, using a mirror and a scaler, the hygienist will go about removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth. If there is an area heavier in tartar, it may take a little longer to clean that area, but saving your teeth is definitely worth it!
Once the plaque and tartar have been removed, the hygienist uses a gritty toothpaste and an electric brush to begin the actual cleaning process. This rough and gritty texture helps to remove the rest of the buildup from your teeth. For some, the grinding noise of the automatic toothbrush can be a bit intimidating, but it does provide a deep oral cleansing. Next, the hygienist will give your teeth a quality, professional flossing that not only provides a good cleaning, but also allows for other problems to be detected and treated, such as a part of the gums that may bleed a little easier than the rest of your mouth. The next step is a good rinse and a fluoride treatment, which is done by having the varnish brushed on the teeth. The entire process only takes a minute and can serve to protect your teeth from cavities for a period of up to several months.
Most dental hygienists understand that clients still need to learn good oral hygiene habits. An experienced hygienist will take the time to show you how to floss and encourage you to keep at it when it comes to your oral health. Dental care can be very simple and can prevent many problems from surfacing down the road.
If you want to learn more about how often you should get your teeth cleaned and about the cleaning process, then get in touch with Riverdale Park Dental. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to understanding and meeting your needs as a patient. Our goal is to work together as a team to bring you the highest quality treatment in a warm, caring setting using modern technology, equipment and procedures.