Scheduling a dental cleaning every six months is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. At the office, our team of hygienists regularly provides dental cleanings for people of all ages.
What is an Oral Prophylaxis (Dental Cleaning)?
A dental cleaning is a preventive health measure that presents an opportunity to check in on your overall oral health and well-being. During this procedure, your hygienist does an oral exam and carefully removes dental plaque and calculus from the surface of your teeth. Dental cleanings can alert you to potentially serious health problems, including tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. You can also use this type of appointment to discuss symptoms or concerns you’re experiencing and to build a rapport with Dr. Lanza.
The American Dental Association recommends everyone have a professional dental cleaning once every six months. If you have a chronic condition like diabetes or suffer from periodontitis, more frequent cleanings may be necessary.
Following an oral exam and review of your medical history, your hygienist can make recommendations for your individual situation.
What Happens During a Dental cleaning?
Routine dental cleaning includes multiple steps. Before starting, your hygienist examines your entire mouth. They use a small mirror to check your teeth and gums for signs of inflammation or other potential concerns. Next, they will use a metal tool called a scaler to carefully remove plaque and calculus from the surfaces of your teeth and around the gum line. After your teeth are free of debris, your hygienist will polish your teeth with gritty toothpaste, followed by professional flossing. Finally, you will rinse with a medical-grade fluoride mouth rinse your mouth and Dr. Lanza will complete an overall exam. The team also sets up an appointment for another cleaning in six months.
How Do I For My Teeth In Between Dental cleanings?
Dr. Lanza and the staff will discuss proper hygiene techniques during each appointment. In-between dental cleanings, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once each day.
Our office also recommends eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. This means avoiding sugary beverages and snacks.