A bright and healthy smile will provide you with confidence during social interactions. It will also affect your overall health and quality of life. The best way to maintain a healthy smile is through preventative dental care. Our team at Rockton Dental can help you maintain your smile and prevent gum disease through professional cleanings and guidance on effective home care.
What Is Done During a Cleaning?
Professional dental cleaning is a simple process. When you come in for your visit, one of our team members will brush your teeth with a commercial quality toothbrush. They will also floss your teeth and potentially apply a polishing agent to restore your teeth. If recommended by our professional, a fluoride coating may also be added.
After your teeth are cleaned and flossed, our professional will conduct a thorough oral exam. They will check for signs of any decay or disease and provide feedback on your home care. An oral cancer screening is also conducted during this exam. If any concerns are observed, our team will discuss potential restorative treatments with you.
Why Do I Need Professional Cleanings?
Professional cleanings are an important part of preventing disease and monitoring your oral health. If you are experiencing symptoms of decay or gum disease, our team can provide less invasive treatments when these diseases are detected early. Early detection will also save you money and time.
In addition, professional cleanings will allow our team to address any concerns with your regular brushing and flossing habits. If you are improperly brushing a certain area of your mouth and have begun to develop a build-up of plaque or tartar, our team can remove this build-up during your cleaning. They can also provide advice to help you better care for your teeth.
How Often Do I Need Professional Cleanings?
Generally, our team will recommend that you receive a professional cleaning every six months. Receiving cleanings in these intervals allows our team to properly monitor your oral health and detect any areas of concern early. You will also receive x-rays during one of these cleanings every few years so that our team can monitor your bone density. If our team observes any concerns or if you are at an increased risk of gum disease, our team may temporarily increase the frequency of your visits to better treat you.
These professional cleanings should be paired with good oral hygiene habits for the best preventative practices. You should floss daily and brush twice per day. You should spend at least two minutes brushing during each section and ensure that you brush all of your teeth from every angle.
Good preventative care is the key to good oral health and can help you avoid costly and time consuming restorative dental treatments such as crowns or dental implants. If you fail to receive regular cleanings, you also can increase your risk of developing gum disease, which is a chronic infection of your gums. This condition can also lead to tooth loss and a receding gumline.
Do not compromise your oral health or your confidence. Maintaining a beautiful smile is as easy as scheduling a cleaning with our team at Rockton Dental. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (815) 624-3269 today.