Having regular, professional dental cleanings every three to six months, along with proper home-care, is the most cost effective way to preserve excellent oral health, and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The goal of dental cleanings and exams are to prevent the need for more serious dental treatment in the future and maintain the function and beauty of your teeth for a lifetime. Studies have shown that oral health is intimately related to systemic or overall health. During a dental cleaning, special instruments are used to remove any build-up and mineral deposits (plaque and calculus) on the teeth and below the gums. If needed, the tongue may also be cleaned or scraped. The teeth are then flossed and polished to a high shine. Regular dental cleanings are also highly effective treatments in preventing bad breath (halitosis). An exam is then performed by your dentist who will inspect your teeth and oral tissues, using powerful magnifying glasses and light. Should any problems or concerns be identified, your dentist will discuss treatment options to resolve the issue immediately.
When to consider a dental cleaning:
- It has been 3-6 months, or more, since you have had your teeth cleaned last.
- Your desire is to keep your teeth and mouth healthy, functional, beautiful, and smelling pleasant.
- Dental cleanings not only help prevent diseases of the mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis, but may also play an important role of prevention of diseases and conditions that affect the rest of the body.
- Dental cleanings are cost effective, and typically require no more than an hour of your time.
- If it has been quite some time since you have last had a cleaning, or you have a considerable amount of build-up, you may find that you are more sensitive to having your teeth cleaned. If you are concerned with the discomfort of the cleaning, mention this, and your dentist can use local anesthetic to get you numb and comfortable.