Professional Dental Cleaning
Benefits of Professional Dental Cleanings
There are countless benefits to having your teeth cleaned by our dentist twice per year, including:
- Elimination of Bad Breath: Bad breath is typically the result of bacteria that remains after inadequate brushing and flossing. Regular teeth cleanings from our dentist, plus proper at-home oral hygiene habits, can eliminate bad breath.
- Healthier Gums: Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by built-up plaque and hardened tartar. Over time, it can cause the bone surrounding the teeth to deteriorate, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. The removal of plaque and tartar during the dental cleaning process can protect your gums from disease.
- Fewer Cavities: Tooth decay is the destruction of your teeth's enamel, resulting in cavities. In addition to causing gum disease, plaque also causes the breakdown of tooth enamel. Proper at-home oral hygiene plus biannual visits to our Mesa, Arizona, office for a teeth cleaning can prevent cavities and the need for dental fillings and crowns.
- Improved Overall Health: Numerous studies have linked gum disease with other serious health complications like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Moreover, many health conditions and illnesses present symptoms in the mouth, like swollen gums, dry mouth, ulcers and more. Regular teeth cleanings can protect you from more serious health risks while also ensuring early oral symptoms of diseases are detected so you can receive prompt treatment.
The Dental Cleaning Process
The dental cleaning process begins with a thorough examination of your teeth and gums by our dentist. This may involve checking each tooth individually for cavities and measuring the small pockets between your teeth and gums to check for gum disease. Once the exam is complete, our dentist will begin the cleaning by removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums.
Once all plaque and tartar have been removed, our dentist will polish your teeth, which lifts away stains and smooths the outermost surface of the teeth. After polishing, our dentist will floss your teeth. This process removes any remaining debris and also allows our dentist to check for additional signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums. Then, a fluoride treatment is applied to the teeth, which strengthens and protects them from decay and other damage.
After your teeth are clean, our dentist will take x-rays. This allows our dentist to check for dental problems that may not show any symptoms on the surface just yet. If any problems are found during the exam or in the x-rays, our dentist will discuss treatment options with you to address those issues and get you on the road to good oral health.
Most people should see the dentist every six month for an exam and cleaning, however, our dentist may recommend more frequent visits depending on your oral health. If it's time for your biannual teeth cleaning, contact our Mesa, Arizona, office today to schedule an appointment.