Professional dental cleanings are generally advised to be done twice a year to remove plaque and tartar accumulation and prevent future oral health problems. However, more frequent cleanings are strongly recommended if you are genetically predisposed to plaque buildup or have existing gum disease. At Radiant Dental Care in Pasadena, we perform regular exams and schedule dental cleanings based on your oral health.
What Is the Importance of Regular Cleanings?
Regular cleanings lead to better oral health. Teeth cleanings should be undertaken irrespective of age. As for younger patients, these visits allow us to monitor the healthy development of the teeth and encourage proper brushing and flossing habits. Professional cleanings will help remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. If this hardened plaque is not extracted, it could lead to decay, infections, and gum disease.
What to Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning?
Some people avoid teeth cleanings due to their fear of dental procedures. However, a professional tooth cleaning is modest and pain-free. It helps to be aware of what to expect during the process as it relieves your stress and allows you to enjoy its results completely.
Professional cleanings usually include a visual exam of your mouth. This will enable us to poke around your teeth and gums and identify signs of inflammation of the gums or other issues. If any significant condition is spotted, we will try to cure it before going ahead with the cleaning.
Removal of Tartar and Plaque
The plaque and tartar buildup around the gum line and in between your teeth will be removed with the help of a scaler. Regular brushing and flossing will help stop plaque from hardening into tartar, which will, in turn, make the cleaning process easier.
Toothpaste and Polishing
After all the tartar has been meticulously removed, we will use a high-powered electric toothbrush to airbrush your teeth with toothpaste, making your mouth feel completely clean and smooth. This process can also help to remove unattractive surface teeth stains. Professional toothpaste used has a gritty consistency that polishes the enamel but would be harmful to use daily.
Flossing and Rinsing
After brushing, we will proficiently floss your teeth, especially troublesome spots where your gums may bleed easily, as well as remove any remaining plaque debris or toothpaste from the earlier cleaning process. Next, you will rinse your mouth with a mouthwash that contains fluoride. You may also be given a fluoride application as the last step in the cleaning process.
Dr. Deborah Sprott at Radiant Dental Care in Pasadena can help provide solutions that will improve your oral health while transforming your smile. Call us today at (281) 991-6530 to schedule your appointment.