Dental health is often overlooked in importance when compared to general provider care. However, the health of your teeth and gums play an important role in how we carry ourselves. Decaying teeth can cause toothache and can even cause further issues if left untreated. Likewise, good dental health keeps one refreshed and sprite. Every six months or so, many Americans have a dental exam performed, and receive a professional cleaning, leaving them refreshed and healthy. Here at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence family dentistry, we prioritize dental cleanings and strive to provide the best access to routine dental care.
What is a Professional Cleaning?
A professional cleaning occurs after a dental exam. It is a cleaning designed to really ensure that plaque is being removed, and that protection is applied to teeth. After we thoroughly inspect the mouth for its overall state of oral hygiene and condition, we can begin a professional cleaning.
A professional cleaning also consists of removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums of an individual. This is achieved by scraping off the plaque and carter through the use of a scaler. Secondly, a strong toothpaste is applied via a high-powered electric toothbrush. Professional flossing follows the brushing to ensure cleansed tooth surfaces. After some rinsing, fluoride treatment is applied. This allows bacteria to be killed off and provides a protective layer for the recently abraded teeth.
How Does a Professional Cleaning Differ From Cleaning at Home?
The American Dental Association, in reference to good oral hygiene, suggests brushing for two minutes, twice a day. Brushing and flossing is an excellent way to ward off corrosive bacteria, but time allows even gradual plaque and tartar to build up. Our dental equipment and toothpastes are stronger than what most might have at home, and as such, a professional cleaning will be more effective at cleaning your teeth. Most also do not have the proper fluoride treatment used to protect teeth at home.
Benefits of Professional Cleanings
Overall, dental exams and professional cleanings are the ideal means to avoid cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease. By stopping plaque and tartar from building up, tooth decay, pain, and inconvenience is prevented. With prevented decay, inadvertently, money is saved. By reducing plaque and tartar, gum disease is also reduced as bacteria have not had enough time to adequately wear the gums down.
Tooth loss is also mitigated as when there is no decay, there is no reason to remove teeth outside of necessary orthodontics. Finally, the last benefit is the truly refreshing feeling found by having a clean mouth. Smiles are confident, and the breath is fresh. These preventative measures are useful to maintaining overall health, as well as saving money by reducing the risk of needing to revisit at a later point in time.
Professional cleanings exist to keep you in your best shape. By keeping away bacteria, you keep your mouth clean. By maintaining a clean mouth, you keep your overall self well, and staying well is confidence inspiring. Professional cleanings and dental exams serve to help prevent any potential decay down the road, in effect saving money and extra trips to our office.
Here at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence family dentistry, we care about your dental health. For any questions or information regarding professional cleanings, do not hesitate to contact us today at .