Dental cleanings are part of a patient’s preventative care that involves clearing away tartar, built-up plaque and debris to reveal shiny, healthy teeth. Dental cleanings should be performed once every six months in order to keep up with a patient’s oral health and hygiene. Cleanings are done easily and quickly by a hygienist who will also help to determine if you have gingivitis or gum disease while you’re having the cleaning done.
What is a Dental Cleaning?
A dental cleaning is done by a licensed dental hygienist who works to carefully scrape away tartar, calculus and buildup that is on your teeth. During the dental cleaning, the hygienist will also measure your gum pockets to see if you have gingivitis or gum disease. If you have gingivitis, gum disease or heavy buildup, they may recommend that you have a scaling and root planing done that gets underneath the gum line to remove buildup.
Why are Dental Cleanings so Important?
Dental cleanings are recommended every six months so that buildup is removed before it is allowed to irritate gum tissue and cause problems with dental decay. Dental hygienists are able to work with all types of patients, so it’s never too late to go for a cleaning. Some of the benefits of having a dental cleaning done regularly include:
- Cleaner, brighter teeth
- Fresher breath
- Less chance of developing gingivitis and gum disease
- Receive helpful dental-related advice and product recommendations
- Remove staining
If you are in need of a dental cleaning, contact us today!