We all know that to keep our teeth healthy, it is essential to brush and floss every day. But, that isn't all that is necessary to maintain good dental health. We must also have our teeth cleaned by a dental professional, twice a year. There are people, however, who avoid this important step in dental hygiene because they deem it unnecessary. Others avoid cleanings because they think it will be uncomfortable. For most people, the teeth cleaning procedure is easy and painless. To ensure your teeth are thoroughly clean, it is important to schedule cleanings every six months. If it's past time for you to have your teeth cleaned then we highly recommend you visit our office at Oak Dental Care to schedule teeth cleaning or to learn more about the process.
Strong, Healthy Teeth
It is no secret that one of the best ways to impress someone is to flash a smile. You want that smile to be beautiful. That is where brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings are imperative. A professional cleaning leaves you with a brighter smile by removing stains caused by coffee, tea, red wine, or tobacco that can be removed to brighten your smile.
Good oral health offers health benefits other than detecting signs of potential problems in your teeth, such as minor cracks or broken fillings. Teeth cleaning removes built-up plaque on your teeth. Plaque can cause cavities if it is not removed and plaque leads to gum disease. A professional teeth cleaning can prevent gum disease, which could result in tooth loss. In addition, oral cancers can be detected during cleaning. There is also a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, so getting your teeth cleaned could reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke.
The Cleaning Procedure
The first thing that happens during the cleaning is an examination of your teeth. A small mirror is used to check your teeth and gums for signs of gingivitis or other issues. When that is done, a scaler will be used to remove any plaque and tartar at the gum line and in between the teeth. You will hear a scraping sound, but that is completely normal. Next, is brushing with an electric brush and toothpaste. The brush is high powered and sounds a bit like a grinder, but it is just noise. The toothpaste is like regular toothpaste, except the consistency is gritty to gently scrub your teeth. This brushing is followed by flossing, to get deep in between the teeth. The flossing also removes any toothpaste or anything left from the cleaning process. Finally, you can rinse to remove any debris. The last step is a fluoride treatment. That is all there is to it! The cleaning is complete and you are left with a clean, bright smile.
Professional teeth cleaning should be done every six months. If it has been longer than that since you have had your teeth cleaned, pick up the phone and give us a call at (941) 629 - 4400 or visit our office at (941) 629 - 4400. We’ll make sure you get the smile you deserve!