Is it Time for Your Checkup? Answer Your Dental Cleaning Questions Here!

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There can be many questions when it comes to dental care, and we are here to answer your questions about dental cleanings! Many people avoid or delay their checkups because they are nervous or because they don’t know what to expect, and we’re hoping this blog can help you if you are one of those people! If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this blog, please call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you get excited for your dental appointments!

When should my teeth be cleaned?
If you would like the best oral health possible, you should attend dental cleanings every six months. However, everyone is different. For example, if you have gum disease, it is strongly recommended to come in for a cleaning at least every three months. So, based on your oral health situation, your dentist might ask you to come into the office more frequently for a cleaning.

Why are dental cleanings important?
Teeth cleanings prevent the development and progression of gum disease, which is extremely important. Gum disease is an inconvenient and painful disease that attacks your smile more and more each day. It first begins with gum irritation and it can end with the loss of your teeth. But, if you keep up with your six month cleanings, you will have the best chance at preventing the disease. Teeth cleanings also deeply clean your smile and they give your dentist the chance to treat dental issues at the early stages of development.

Are dental cleanings painful?
No, dental cleanings are not typically painful. They do, however, involve small tooth vibrations and some pressure. If these sensations make you feel uncomfortable, you can let us know and we will do our best to be as gentle as possible.

What happens during a dental cleaning?
The cleaning generally begins with the dentist or hygienist removing the plaque from your teeth with a special tool. This is very beneficial because it helps prevent gum disease. Then, they will polish your teeth with a nourishing paste, which may leave a gritty feeling in your mouth, but it won’t last long. Once they are done polishing your smile, you will have the chance to rinse your mouth. Next, they will floss your teeth and remove any excess food substances that are stuck. To conclude the cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will provide a fluoride treatment that will strengthen and nourish your teeth.

How do I keep my smile clean after my appointment?
In order to keep your smile clean, you will need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth at least once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. If possible, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after each meal and snack. As you brush, please use fluoride toothpaste. As you rinse, please use bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash.