trying to get back into the habit of seeing a dentist regularly.
Along with an annual dental exam, that means having your teeth
cleaned. Do you have questions about this type of treatment? If so,
here are answers to three of the most common questions new patients
ask about teeth cleaning.
Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned? The general suggestion is to
have your teeth cleaned once every six months. While you could use
that as the standard, remember that everyone is different. Your
dentist will recommend a schedule base on the general condition of
your teeth, what measures you use at home to take care of your teeth,
and possibly chronic health issues that you manage. Some people may
do fine with one cleaning a year while others should come in two or
possibly three time over the course of a year.
What Actually Happens During the Cleaning? A couple of activities take place during a typical teeth cleaning. The first has to do with removing plaque, tartar, and other residue from the teeth and gums. That includes removing any buildup that’s found in between the teeth. Doing so minimizes the potential for a number of dental or gum issues to develop.
second involves checking for any type of inflammatory gum issue. It’s
not unusual for the cleaning to also involve a check for any signs of
oral cancer. The goal is to identify the presence of these conditions
before they can advance. With prompt treatment during the early
stages, the patient is less likely to experience pain and other
a Cleaning Do More Than Brushing and Flossing? Brushing, flossing,
and using mouthwash should be part of your normal dental hygiene
effort. Even so, a professional teeth cleaning ensures that anything
missed during your efforts is removed. Think of the cleaning as the
perfect way to protect your teeth and gums from the widest range of
potential dental problems.
a cleaning and notice what a difference it makes. Along with enjoying
the fresh sensation that the cleaning provides, you’ll also notice
that your teeth look and feel healthier. After that first cleaning,
it will be all the easier to look forward to the next one.