Good oral hygiene is important for your overall health as well as for your social well-being. Maintenance of good oral health habits, such as brushing twice a day; flossing daily; using mouth rinses daily, is not enough to prevent the side effects of unchecked bacteria in the mouth. As part of the professional services offered by Peninsula Family Dental Center, dental cleanings improve oral healthcare by removing plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth.
Depending on your individual health status, this cleaning should be observed at least once every six months. However, it could be scheduled more frequently if our dental professional thinks you would benefit from more frequent cleanings due to your health status or oral risks.
Routine cleanings, also known as prophylaxis cleanings, are recommended for all age groups. This is part of the regular checkup carried out during visits to the dental office. The teeth are examined and inspected. Plaque, tartar, and stains that form on the teeth are removed. Pain is rarely caused but can be induced when there are long periods between cleanings or there is inflammation present.
Using a metal probe and a small mirror, the teeth are carefully examined for bite type, hardened plaque, erythema, edema, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If it is safe to proceed, a scaler is used to scrape tartar found on the teeth. The more the tartar has built up, the longer this step will take. Depending on the amount of tartar present and your health history, a manual scaler or ultrasonic scaler may be used. Next, a prophy angle - an electric toothbrush – will apply a gritty toothpaste, which contains abrasive agents, to remove stains and polish your teeth. This helps improve their overall appearance.
The teeth are then flossed, and a fluoride gel is placed in a mouthpiece that you are required to wear for the amount of time stated by our dental professional. Usually, you would be allowed to select your preferred flavor for the fluoride. Afterwards, you will have a fluoride-containing mouth rinse. The purpose of the fluoride treatment is to strengthen the enamel and prevent future cavities.
Examination of other facial structures, including the lymph nodes; salivary glands; mandible; palate; other soft tissues of the mouth, for signs of developing cysts or tumors, is carried out. The entire appointment usually takes between 30-60 minutes.
Benefits of Regular Teeth Cleanings
Regular dental cleanings help preserve not only a healthy oral status, but also a healthy status overall. It helps prevent cavities, gum diseases, and tooth loss as well as reduce the risk of many non-oral diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer's, dementia, heart attack, stroke, cancer, and low birthweight. Teeth cleanings help tackle bad breath. It boosts your confidence by giving you a radiant smile anywhere, anytime. Dental cleanings help our dental professional detect oral diseases - including oral cancers - in their early stages, thereby giving you a greater chance of curing it with treatment. Dental cleanings can also save you money in the long run, especially since many dental insurance plans cover cleanings.
Many oral pathologies are caused by plaque and tartar build-up. It is essential to have good oral health by preventing the accumulation of tartar. Controlling the amount of tartar present improves your overall health as well as your self-confidence. To reach Peninsula Family Dental Center to schedule your teeth cleaning appointments, call us via (907) 283-9125 today.