Regular Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings to Build Healthier Teeth and Brighter Smiles

A good oral hygiene routine is essential for keeping your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. 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 & Krause Dental Team in Olympia can help with dental cleanings so that you can be certain you are doing all you can to have healthy gums and teeth that will last you a lifetime.

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The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

Brushing and flossing your teeth 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 Should You Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning?

A routine cleaning of your teeth is a simple process. Our board certified Olympia dental team 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 air powered 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 dental 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 your teeth also helps to eliminate any loose debris and dental polish that may have accumulated during your dental cleaning.

Our dental 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 of your teeth. With a complete picture of your mouth, we can see its exact condition. Our skilled dentists are also able to provide you with the dental treatments you need to restore your oral health before more serious issues develop later on.

What are the 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.
  • Teeth cleanings not only clean your teeth but also 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 can save money! Regular dental cleanings are designed to protect your mouth from oral health issues. This prevents the need for many dental treatments, such as dental fillings, dental 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 & Krause Dental Team to schedule your appointment today.