A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only 30–60 minutes. Your dental hygienist will start by reviewing your dental and medical history with you. The hygienist will use this information to create your unique cleaning plan.
What is dental cleaning?
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the gums and the bone surrounding the teeth. This condition can lead to tooth loss, so it is important for patients to seek prompt treatment as soon as possible. A dental cleaning is a non-surgical procedure that targets the plaque and tartar that builds up in the mouth and causes gum disease.
During a cleaning, our dentist uses special tools to scrape away buildup from the surface of the teeth and along the gum line. We will also polish the teeth so that they look and feel cleaner. It is important to see a dentist regularly for cleanings so that any signs of gum disease can be detected and treated quickly to avoid any further damage.
Professional dental cleanings explained
Professional dental cleaning involves scaling and polishing the teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and debris from the surfaces. While brushing and flossing are important to keeping teeth healthy, there are some areas in the mouth that a toothbrush cannot reach. These areas are then cleaned using special tools by the dentist or dental hygienist, who will also examine the mouth for signs of any potential problems.
Often, professional dental cleanings are performed every three to six months to help keep the mouth clean and reduce the risk of developing conditions such as gum disease. This type of preventative care is a key part of a healthy oral routine. In addition to regular professional dental cleanings, it is important to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Patients should also always consume a healthy diet and avoid tobacco use to keep their teeth and gums healthy and strong for years to come.
When are dental cleanings necessary?
Usually, patients will need to have their teeth cleaned every six months or so. This can vary based on an individual’s oral health needs, though. Some individuals may need more frequent visits, while others may be able to get by with semiannual checkups. When you visit the dentist for a cleaning, they will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, which can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Additionally, your dentist will polish your teeth to remove stains further and make your smile whiter and brighter. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are imperative to maintaining good dental health and preventing future problems, so it is important to commit to them. If it’s been a while since your last checkup or cleaning, be sure to call your dental office to schedule an appointment today!
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (469)-298-3892 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1901 Northwest Highway, Suite 103, Garland, TX 75041.