Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings

Keeping your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful requires a good oral hygiene routine. A major component in maintaining optimal oral hygiene involves brushing and flossing your teeth every single day. While these habits are essential, they are only a part of the equation. For optimal oral hygiene, professional care is required. Walker Dental Team can help with dental cleanings.

The Importance of Regular Cleanings

Brushing and flossing are two very important habits. They help you to remove plaque, bacteria, and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth every day. However, there may be some areas of your mouth that are harder to clean than others. As a result, plaque and bacteria continue to accumulate. Plaque can harden into tartar, a substance that cannot be removed no matter how well you brush and floss. All of this accumulation can significantly increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. These cleanings are essential for removing all debris from all surfaces of your teeth. We have the tools to eliminate even the most stubborn tartar from your teeth and can access the regions of your mouth that you cannot reach on your own. By cleaning your teeth, we can help you further prevent the development of oral health issues.

What to Expect During Your Cleaning

A routine dental cleaning is a simple process. We begin by scraping the surfaces of your teeth. With special tools, we work carefully to eliminate all plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris from all surfaces of your teeth. We also clean around, and just below the gum line.

After scraping your teeth, we then polish them using an electric hand piece and dental polish. The polish contains abrasives that scrub the surfaces of your teeth as the head of the hand piece spins. This leaves your teeth feeling smooth and clean. The last step of your cleaning is flossing. Even if you have already flossed once, an additional flossing session will not hurt. With flossing, we can remove any missed debris from between your teeth. Flossing also helps to eliminate any loose debris and dental polish that may have accumulated during your cleaning.

Cleanings are usually accompanied by a thorough dental examination, where we visually inspect your mouth, teeth, and gums and look for any signs of problems. We may also need to take x-rays. With a complete picture of your mouth, we can see its exact condition. We are also able to provide you with the treatments you need to restore your oral health before more serious issues develop later on.

Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

There are many benefits associated with regular dental cleanings:

  • We can eliminate all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, which helps you to further prevent cavities and gum disease.
  • Cleanings help to whiten your teeth. Scraping your teeth and polishing them helps to eliminate minor surface stains, giving your teeth a whiter shine.
  • Eliminating plaque and bacteria from your mouth helps to provide you with fresher, cleaner breath.
  • You save money. Dental cleanings are designed to protect your mouth from oral health issues. This prevents the need for dental treatments, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and more.

Having your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year is important for helping you to prevent many different oral health issues from developing. If it is time for your next dental cleaning, call Walker Dental Team to schedule your appointment today.