Do you know that one of the best things you can do for the health of your smile is also one of the easiest? Professional dental cleanings are a great way to maintain the long-term health of your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. At The Center for Esthetic Dentistry, professional cleanings help prevent diseases before they ever even start, and keep your teeth looking pearly white.
The Importance of Regular Professional Cleanings
If you brush twice a day, every day, for two minutes each time, the official American Dental Association recommendation, then coming in for a professional cleaning might not seem that important. After all, your teeth are already being regularly cleaned, right? While true that daily brushing is one of the best things you can do for your teeth at home, professional cleanings are the only way to remove hard-to-reach plaque and bacteria. When we perform a cleaning, we are also keeping an eye out for your potential health risks like gum disease, cavities, or even oral cancer so we can stop them before they spread.
Eliminating plaque build-up and being vigilant for oral diseases is why it is so important that you come in for cleanings once every six months. We know that the hustle and bustle of life can make it difficult, but it is vital that you follow the ADA’s recommendation of bi-annual cleanings. There simply is no better way to prevent bacterial buildup from ever forming.
Preparing for a Cleaning
Preparing for a dental cleaning is pretty easy. Ideally, there is nothing special at all that you should have to do, so long as you are following ADA guidelines and brushing twice a day, two minutes each, as well as flossing at least once. If you are already doing this, then great, you are already completely prepared! If you have fallen behind on cleaning your teeth, do not worry. The worst thing you can do is try and over-compensate by brushing your teeth and gums with extra pressure the night before. Not only can this damage your enamel and irritate your gums, but it can actually make our job more difficult because it is harder to tell the spots that need to be cleaned the most.
What to Expect During a Cleaning
Professional cleanings are usually fairly quick and simple. We do a visual inspection of your mouth, especially around your teeth and your gums, for anywhere that plaque has accumulated or gum disease might be starting. Then we clean the teeth themselves, eliminating stains and brushing your teeth using professional cleaning equipment to give your teeth a bright, pearly shine. Before you go, you will also receive a fluoride treatment that gives the enamel of your teeth a special boost. Some people may experience slight discomfort during a cleaning, if so please let us know ahead of time.
Make Sure Your Smile Gleams!
Regular professional cleanings are how you can always feel your most confident about both your smile and your oral health. To schedule a cleaning today with one of our expert dental hygienists, call The Center for Esthetic Dentistry at 541-507-0999 today!