When was the last time you scheduled a dental cleaning? You may assume this preventive visit isn’t essential for a healthy smile. However, having your teeth cleaned can actually protect your teeth and gums from a wide array of oral health concerns. If you haven’t scheduled a cleaning lately, we encourage you to give our office a call.
Common Questions About Dental Cleanings
Question: When do we need to have our teeth cleaned?
Answer: The American Dental Association recommends having your teeth cleaned twice a year. Every six months the dentist or hygienist will remove the plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth and then polish them afterward. In addition, the doctor can watch for warning signs of common oral health problems, such as cavities, and recommend treatment before the problem can progress.
Question: Do we need them if we brush and floss?
Answer: Yes. Brushing your teeth and flossing are important because you help remove food particles and control the severity of plaque buildup. However, only a cleaning can completely remove plaque from the teeth. You should still brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
Question: Do kids need their teeth cleaned?
Answer: Yes. During routine checkups we may also recommend cleaning their teeth. As with adults, this lowers the overall risk of tooth decay and gingivitis, protecting the health and appearance of the smile.
Question: What are the benefits of having your teeth cleaned?
Answer: First, removing plaque prevents gum inflammation and enamel erosion, protecting your smile from gum disease and tooth decay. Next, the procedure helps freshen the breath, stopping halitosis. Finally, your teeth can appear brighter and more esthetically pleasing. If you have any questions about these routine visits, or if you would like to schedule one for you and your family, please contact our office today.