A dental cleaning is a thorough, professional teeth cleaning that takes place every six months. It’s recommended to clean your teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth and needs to be removed through brushing and flossing. If the plaque remains on the teeth and is allowed to harden into tartar, then bacteria and acids will attack the teeth and cause erosion of the tooth enamel and gum irritation. Once the bacteria reach the gums, they can cause infection of the gum tissue as well. Regular checkups and cleanings will help keep these problems at bay.
During a cleaning, the dentist will use special tools to remove plaque from the teeth. They will clean each tooth with an ultrasonic tool as well as manually scrape any hard deposits off of each tooth. If you have gum disease or severe staining, then your dentist may recommend a deep-cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. This treatment can be repeated several times throughout the span of your lifetime. However, it is generally a one-time procedure for most people. The dentist may also take X-rays of your mouth to look for any signs of decay or disease.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits at home between cleanings. This includes brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing between each tooth at least once per day. Be sure to visit your dentist on a regular schedule to maintain your oral health for years to come!
We recommend patients receive a dental checkup and cleaning every six months. If a patient is prone to developing cavities, we may recommend more frequent visits. Tooth decay is caused by oral bacteria that build up on the teeth over time. Plaque produces acids that eat away at the enamel of your teeth. While fluoride helps protect and strengthen teeth, it only works when the teeth are clean. During your checkup, we will brush and floss your teeth to remove plaque buildup. We will also check for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If we find any areas of concern, we can address them right away to prevent complications down the road.
Our dentist in Edmond, OK, will address these concerns as needed and discuss any treatment recommendations with you. At the end of your dental cleaning appointment, we will give you tips to help you maintain optimal oral health at home. You will leave our office with a healthy and clean smile!
To find out more about the dental services offered at Monica Neely DDS, call (405) 302-0100 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit our office at 2408 NW 178th St, Edmond, OK 73012. We will guide you further.