Brushing your teeth is a no-brainer. But when and why should you get a professional dental cleaning?
Professional cleanings done by the dentist remove the tartar and plaque your toothbrush can’t reach. Dental cleanings also provide preventative care for your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth.
Regular dental cleanings are recommended twice a year for general dentistry. And, really, when you think about the consequences of not taking care of your teeth, a couple of dentist visits doesn’t sound so bad.
What can I expect during a professional teeth cleaning?
Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S., Arlington TX, Dentist process revolves around keeping you comfortable. Just read our reviews. Part of that means keeping you informed, so we’ve laid out our cleaning process for you in these five steps:
It’s usually one of our hygienists that first examines your mouth. Using a small mirror, we look around your teeth and gums for signs of inflammation, plaque, tartar, tooth decay and other issues.
2. Remove plaque and tartar
We will find plaque and tartar in your exam, even if you’re the most proactive patient with brushing at home. The places your toothbrush doesn’t reach are usually where we find it, including along your gum line and between your teeth.
If the scraping sound of plaque removal is a cause for anxiety, ask us about our sedation dentistry.
3. Teeth cleaning with our best toothpaste
Once all the tartar and plaque are removed, we brush your teeth using a highly-exacting electric toothbrush and a special, extra-gritty toothpaste.
This final floss helps to remove the last bits of plaque as well as toothpaste.
5. Fluoride treatment
Finally, we ask you what flavor of fluoride gel you want, and we have you sit with a mouthpiece for about three minutes. This strong fluoride treatment helps prevent cavities for several months after your visit.
As you can see, a professional dental cleaning is significantly different from your regular cleaning routine at home. So, why do we have so many steps? What are the benefits of professional cleanings?
Periodic dental cleanings give you more benefits than we could fit onto the page! To give you an idea, some of the biggest benefits include:
- Identify tooth decay early
- Identify other problems like broken fillings
- Prevent gum disease
- Screen for oral cancer
- Identify the need for deep cleaning
- Discuss any toothaches or other issues you have
- Plus, you save money by avoiding bigger issues later
Check out our Dental Cleaning FAQ to answer any more questions you may have.
Dental Deep cleaning
Teeth with more than one cavity or with a great deal of plaque buildup sometimes need a deep cleaning. This just means the appointment might run longer than the usual 30-40 minutes a regular cleaning does, and that we might need to employ additional techniques. Sedation dentistry is a popular choice for anyone who needs to sit through a longer deep cleaning dental appointment.
Tips for brushing teeth at home
Brushing your teeth is the most important activity to keep your teeth healthy at home. These best practices below point you in the right direction to make sure your teeth brushing is effective and gets you all the benefits you deserve.
- Whether you choose an electric or manual toothbrush, be sure it’s a brush you find comfortable and that allows you to get in and clean all the surfaces of your teeth.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
- Hold your toothbrush at about a 45-degree angle to brush.
- And don’t forget to brush all teeth on all sides!
- Flossing is essential. Try waxed floss or wide floss if you have trouble getting between your teeth.
At Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S. in Arlington, TX, care and comfort go together. Contact us to schedule your dental cleaning today!