A bi-annual professional dental cleaning should be included in everyone’s oral health regime. The American Dental Association suggests a scheduled teeth cleaning at six-month intervals to supplement daily brushing and flossing. This practice will also allow your dentist at Town Square Dental an opportunity to monitor the condition of your mouth, detect any changes, and treat problem areas.
Pain-Free Dental Cleaning
There is no need to fear routine cleanings, no pain is involved in the procedure for patients with good oral hygiene practices. Those who neglect their teeth and gums tend to experience pain and sensitivity. This is a sign of poor teeth cleaning habits. For these patients, a topical anesthetic can be applied to numb painful areas.
What to Expect During a Teeth Cleaning
A standard professional cleaning includes digital imaging, the removal of accumulated plaque and tartar, and oftentimes an oral exam. Additional services may include:
- The application of sealants
- Fluoride treatment, usually for children
- Tooth stain removal
- Cavity fillings
- Denture maintenance
The Dental Examination
Diagnostic services are typically a part of routine dental visits. You may receive oral health information and/or suggestions. Also, be prepared to update medical records. This portion of your visit may include:
- You may be asked to update your current medical history. Let your dentist know if you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or heart conditions, are taking any new medications, and if you are pregnant. Any condition or changes that may have an impact on your oral health need to be recorded.
- Screening for oral cancer
- Gum assessment
- Assessment of chewing and biting patterns
- Digital imaging
- Specialist referral
Regular professional teeth cleanings will help safeguard your oral health and overall well-being. Bacteria-laden plaque and tartar are removed, providing you with a clean slate. Daily tooth brushing and flossing aren’t enough to keep your mouth in the best possible condition. Proper oral hygiene begins at home, but professional teeth cleanings are essential for the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
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