What does teeth cleaning involve?
First, there's an exam. Your Shine Dental professional starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays will be taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment if required.
After that, the actual cleaning begins, and the dentist or hygienist will use a small tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This part may go quickly, or it may take some time. It depends on how much plaque and tartar buildup you have.
After the plaque and tartar buildup has been removed, the dentist or hygienist uses a polishing toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to give you an intensive brushing. They will also give you a professional flossing. Finally, you may be given a fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities and tooth decay until your next visit.
How often should I schedule a teeth cleaning appointment?
Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. Twice a year is the standard recommendation. If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. The American Dental Association, the nation's leading source of oral health information, advises talking with your dentist about your unique dental cleaning needs.
Even with common procedures like routine dental cleanings, consulting with the expert team at Shine Dental about your situation is an essential part of getting exceptional care.
Circumstances and situations are different for everyone, especially when it comes to health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.
Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of my health?
Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.
According to the results of a 2016 study, regular dental cleanings could help reduce the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut back on the number of bacteria that enter your lungs.
Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been linked to poor oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with your dentist, are essential to maintaining good health.
If you're due for a dental cleaning, schedule your appointment online or call Shine Dental today.