If you want to significantly lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, make sure to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment twice each year. This simple preventive measure can keep your smile healthy for years to come. At Dental Renaissance in Plano, Texas, Kari Blankenship, DDS, and Bhavita Patel, DMD, provide teeth cleanings to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Teeth cleaning is a preventive dentistry measure used to eliminate dental plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and underneath your gumline. Undergoing professional teeth cleaning twice a year is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth healthy and problem-free.
Teeth cleaning at Dental Renaissance follows a simple, five-step process.
At the beginning of your teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist conducts a thorough oral exam. Your hygienist uses a small, handheld mirror to look around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis or tooth decay.
After completing the oral exam, your dental hygienist uses a tool called a scaler to carefully remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. During this part of your teeth cleaning, it’s normal to hear a scraping noise.
Following the removal of plaque and tartar, your dental hygienist uses a gritty toothpaste to clean and polish your teeth. The unique consistency of this toothpaste eradicates stains and discoloration, revealing your pearly white tooth enamel.
Next, your dental hygienist professionally flosses your teeth. This removes plaque, tartar, food particles, and harmful bacteria from the spaces between your teeth. Additionally, this allows your provider to access potential trouble spots, lowering your risk of gum disease.
Your dental hygienist completes your teeth cleaning appointment by rinsing your mouth and applying a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps fight cavities.
Dental Renaissance recommends scheduling a professional teeth cleaning appointment once every six months. If your provider detects tooth decay, gum disease, or another serious problem, more frequent cleanings may be necessary.
It’s also important to practice good oral hygiene. To do this, you should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and avoid foods and beverages high in sugar. You may also want to quit bad habits such as using tobacco, biting your fingernails, or chewing on ice cubes.
If it's been more than six months since your last teeth cleaning, schedule an appointment at Dental Renaissance. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.