Having a healthy dental care routine is vital to keeping your smile bright and healthy. But, no matter how well you brush and floss, plaque can build up on your teeth. The only way to fully restore your teeth is through regular professional teeth cleaning. During your professional teeth cleaning, we remove all buildup from your teeth, restoring them to a bright and fresh state.
At Encino Family Dental, we make the dental health of our patients our top priority. When you come in for a regular teeth cleaning, we aim to make it a convenient and comfortable experience for you or your children. We believe that oral hygiene and dental health carry over into every area of your life. With a clean and bright smile, you will feel more confident and have better health overall.
What Happens During Teeth Cleaning?
Teeth cleaning usually happens at the time of your dental checkups, which we recommend having at least twice a year. During these checkups we first examine your teeth for cavities or decay, and prescribe treatment as necessary. This could include fillings or other restorative treatments.
Scaling removes any buildup of plaque and tartar. While brushing can prevent plaque from building up, once it hardens into tartar, it can only be removed through professional scaling. You may feel scraping against your teeth at this time, but that is normal. We aren’t scaling off layers of your teeth, but are removing the hardened buildup on top of them.
Gritty Toothpaste Cleaning
Next comes a deep clean using a powered toothbrush and gritty toothpaste. When performed by a professional, this process gentle cleans your teeth further. This toothpaste can come in different flavors, so your children won’t need to worry about any nasty tastes!
Flossing & Rinsing
Flossing at home is vital, but having a professional do it during a cleaning helps ensure nothing is left between your teeth. We carefully floss between every tooth, removing any lingering buildup or residue. After your flossing, you get to rinse your mouth to prepare for the next step.
Fluoride helps your teeth fight against cavities, which is why it is often in most toothpastes. When you have a professional fluoride treatment, it helps protect your teeth for months to come. Since the fluoride treatment settles almost immediately, you can return to your daily life after. Snacks, drinks, anything.
What Makes Professional Teeth Cleaning Important?
Brushing and flossing are going to be your main method of keeping your teeth healthy. These cleaning methods prevent the buildup of dangerous bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay. As a defense against tooth decay, we cannot express more how important these habits are. However, a toothbrush and floss simply do not have the same cleaning power as modern dental technology.
By coming in for regular teeth cleaning visits you can remove plaque and buildup that a toothbrush simply cannot handle. Doing so minimizes the risk that you will encounter tooth decay or develop gum disease.
How Often Should I Have Professional Teeth Cleaning?
We generally recommend that patients visit us twice a year for regular checkups. This not only gives us a chance to check on the state of your teeth, but you can hit the reset button on buildup. Also, the fluoride treatment we provide protects your teeth for several months. But once it wears down, your teeth can again become more vulnerable to decay and cavities.
Also, the more regular your visits, the more comfortable they will be. Putting off teeth cleaning only allows plaque to build up further. In intense cases, we may advise using a local anesthetic before cleaning to avoid discomfort.
What Happens If I Don’t Have Regular Dental Cleanings?
In short, you put your smile at risk. Many patients avoid regular cleanings because they think them unnecessary. But without teeth cleaning, you will see an inevitable buildup of plaque. The more plaque that builds up on your teeth, the more you put yourself at risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Tooth decay, infection, and gum disease all put your teeth at risk. And this can lead to costly treatments and possibly even the loss of a tooth. But with regular teeth cleaning, you minimize those risks at a lower cost and a greater level of convenience.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Our team is ready to answer any additional questions you might have about teeth cleaning. We work closely with each patient to keep you informed every step of the way and provide a comfortable experience and a life of dental health.
Call Encino Dentist today and schedule an appointment to learn more about how teeth cleaning can keep your smile healthy. As a family dentistry, we provide teeth cleaning for both children and adults, so the whole family can smile bright.