You brush and floss your teeth every day. So, why is it that you are recommended to have your teeth professionally cleaned? The truth is, professional cleanings and dental exams are an integral part of helping you to prevent serious oral health concerns. Fern Creek Dentistry can perform these cleanings for you, helping you to maintain optimal oral health.
How Often Do I Need Professional Cleanings?
When it comes to professional dental cleanings, the ADA, or the American Dental Association, recommends that you have one every six months. This might not seem like much, but these cleanings are necessary for cleaning all of the surfaces of your teeth. We are even able to clean the areas of your mouth that you might think you are cleaning at home but are missing. This helps you to more effectively prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. Cleanings twice a year are recommended for everyone, children and adults alike.
What if I Brush and Floss Every Day?
Even if you strictly follow the ADA guidelines when it comes to brushing and flossing, you should continue to have cleanings twice a year. No matter how well you think you are cleaning your teeth, there may be some regions that are not cleaned as well. Some areas might be missed altogether. Because of this, you can accumulate plaque and bacteria, which increase your risk for developing different issues. Even if your teeth have very little buildup on them, routine cleanings still help to provide you with additional preventative care.
How Involved are Dental Cleanings?
Dental cleanings are quite simple. The exact length of time your cleaning takes will depend upon how much buildup is on your teeth, and if you have tartar buildup. For the most part, the process is painless.
During your cleanings, we focus on cleaning the visible surfaces of your teeth. We begin with a scaler. This tool is used to scrape away any buildup effectively. The scaler can even be used to eliminate tartar or calcified plaque. This type of buildup cannot be removed with at-home care. We also make use of a small mirror, which allows us to see all of the surfaces of your teeth. Scaling is only complete once all of the surfaces of your teeth are smooth and clean. Removing buildup helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It also helps to remove surface stains as well as the bacteria that contribute to bad breath.
Next, we use a polisher to help leave your teeth smooth and shiny. The polisher scrubs a dental polish against the surfaces of your teeth. The abrasives in the polish help to break up surface stains, which help to brighten your smile while also helping to clean your teeth.
The last step of your cleaning is flossing. While it might not seem like a big deal, especially if you floss daily, our flossing your teeth helps to get rid of any stubborn debris and bacteria from between your teeth. This helps to protect your oral health and can help to eliminate more of the bacteria that contribute to bad breath.
No matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, professional cleanings are still a crucial component of good oral hygiene. Call our team at Fern Creek Dentistry at (704) 380-9555 to schedule your next cleaning today.