Why Teeth Cleanings Are Important for Your Oral Health
Chances are you have had many teeth cleanings throughout your life. However, many people go long periods of time without seeing a dentist—after all, if you brush and floss correctly, what could go wrong?
Over time, plaque and tartar naturally build up on your teeth. Teeth cleanings aren’t just a dentist brushing your teeth—our staff deep cleans your teeth and gums, removing plaque and bacteria from your mouth. A teeth cleaning is vitally important for making sure your oral health is on track.
Visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning can also help detect other health issues like oral cancer, tooth decay, cavities, and so much more.
What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?
Teeth cleanings typically take less than 45 minutes and are one of the most common reasons to see a dentist. Being minimally invasive, they cause little to no discomfort or pain for most patients. The dentist and hygienist usually conduct teeth cleanings in a few steps:
- Examination: We will inspect your mouth, testing the strength of your teeth and asking you questions about your lifestyle. This helps give us context for any dental issues we may find. We may also take x-rays if you are due for them.
- Removal of plaque: We will remove all signs of plaque and tartar from your mouth. We do this to help preserve your healthy teeth, eliminate bad breath, and prevent tooth decay.
- Deep cleaning: Our hygienists will use a gritty toothpaste and professional-grade toothbrush to remove any leftover debris in your mouth. This process polishes and brightens your teeth.
- Flossing: Our team are expert flossers and can get much more debris out of your mouth than most patients can on their own. If your gums bleed during this process, it could be an early sign of gingivitis, meaning that you should floss more.
- Fluoride treatment: The last step involves us putting a fluoride gel on your teeth. This creates an extra barrier against food and bacteria. It also mineralizes your teeth, helping to strengthen the enamel.
Do I Need a Cleaning?
You should have a professional dental cleaning performed every six months. Some reasons it may be time for a cleaning include:
- Noticeable plaque or buildup on your tooth enamel
- Worsening breath
- Bleeding while flossing
- It has been more than 6 months since your last dental checkup
- Other oral health issues you wish to bring up to your dentist
Schedule Your Teeth Cleaning
How long has it been since your last dental checkup? If you answered, “more than six months,” it’s time to schedule an appointment. Routine cleanings are the best way to give your teeth the deep cleaning they need, and the first step towards detecting dental issues.