The Importance of Dental Cleanings

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

Posted by Complete Dental Health LLC on Apr 10 2023, 06:06 AM

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings are essential to maintain good oral health, reduce the risk of plaque buildup and gum disease, and prevent cavities. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar on teeth and below the gum line, which cannot be effectively removed by brushing or flossing alone at home. During your appointment, a skilled dental hygienist should also inspect your mouth for any signs of tooth decay, oral cancer, and other health problems. During a dental cleaning appointment, the dentist will first take x-rays of your teeth to check for cavities and other signs of damage before using a high-powered professional-strength toothbrush to clean your teeth thoroughly. In some cases, ultrasonic scalers may also remove stubborn bacteria and plaque buildup from the teeth and gums. Visit Complete Dental Health LLC today to learn more about the benefits of preventive dental care! 

What Is Plaque?

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria constantly forming on the surface of your teeth and gums. It also collects below your gums and along the roots of your teeth. Brushing and flossing can remove some plaque buildup from tooth surfaces; however, visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning is essential if at-home methods are not sufficiently removing it. Left untreated, it can harden into tartar and cause serious oral health issues. Your dentist will clean your teeth above and below the gum line to prevent gum disease and other ailments.

The Dental Cleaning Procedure 

The dentist will begin by reviewing the patient’s medical history and examining the mouth to look for signs of disease or other problems that require care, such as broken teeth or decay. After the patient is comfortable in the chair, the dentist thoroughly cleans the teeth with a rotating brush, electric toothbrush, or other tools. This removes plaque from the teeth and cleans below the gum line, where regular brushing cannot reach. After the teeth are clean, the dentist will floss between each tooth to remove any debris the brush may have missed. Most patients find that a thorough dental cleaning leaves their teeth feeling much cleaner and help them maintain healthy teeth and gums. 

The Benefits of Dental Cleaning 

Your teeth are not naturally smooth, so plaque and tartar buildup occurs over time. When you come in for professional cleaning, your dentist will use specialized tools to remove these substances from your teeth because your at-home brushing habits might not be enough to remove the plaque that builds up between your teeth. Professional cleaning is essential to prevent tooth decay and gum disease along your gumline. Regular visits will also help keep your teeth whiter for longer.

Regular dental cleanings and exams help to keep your mouth healthy and clean. To schedule your appointment for a dental cleaning or other dental needs, contact Complete Dental Health LLC at 1123 Hill Street SE, Suite A, Albany, OR 97322, or call (541) 928-6622. 

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