No matter how well you brush and floss, and how dedicated you are to maintain good oral health, plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends each person see a dentist every six months for a thorough dental cleaning.
Dental cleanings done in the office by a dental health care provider are more thorough and intense than cleaning you can do for yourself through daily brushing and flossing. But, what makes a cleaning at Dr. Miranda’s office different from the cleaning you’re doing at home? Here are the main reasons why cleanings at a dental office are good for you:
Teeth cleanings are important because your teeth are an important part of your health and physical appearance. Strong, healthy teeth help improve a person’s self-esteem, but are also the sign of good overall health. Teeth cleanings can also:
Typically, a teeth cleaning will last between 30 minutes and an hour. Usually, the dentist does not perform these cleanings. Teeth cleanings are most often performed by trained dental hygienists, with the dentist meeting with patients after the cleaning for an oral exam or consultation. Patients at our practice tell us that they find the cleanings done at our office to be painless and do not result in any tooth discomfort. Here are the two main steps of the teeth cleaning process:
The most basic teeth cleaning, covered by most dental insurance companies. This cleaning removes plaque on the teeth and at the gum line.
Removal of build-up on teeth that cause gingivitis, a type of gum disease.
Treatment above and below the gum line that removes plaque build-up, smooths the surface of exposed roots, and may include use of fluoride.
Teeth cleanings are usually followed by a consultation with your dentist. Depending on the condition of your teeth and how long it’s been since your last cleaning, Dr. Miranda may request X-rays to detect any potential oral health problems. If any issues are discovered, he will advise you the correct treatment options, as well as recommendations for preventing additional oral health problems.
Most of our patients experience little-to-no discomfort during teeth cleanings. What all patients do experience is the dramatic improvements to their smile a teeth cleaning provides. To schedule your teeth cleaning, or to find out more about the procedure, contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.