All good dentistry starts with preventative care as its cornerstone. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends people visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam.
Regular cleanings play an important role in your overall oral health because they remove the build-up of plaque and allow the dentist to gauge how healthy your mouth is. Regular cleanings help to reduce decay and gum disease.
Did you know…
Many Americans fear the dentist, and those who are older are the least likely to visit the dentist. In fact, the CDC reports that only 57 percent of Americans over 65 visited the dentist in 2010.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Your toothbrush and floss can only reach so much of your mouth. So even if your brush after every meal you still aren’t reaching the tiny crevices that your toothbrush can’t reach. Regular cleanings will prevent decay in the small, unreachableareas.
What should I expect at my cleaning and exam?
During the cleaning and exam, the doctor will check out your mouth to look for signs of decay and disease. They will also discuss your oral hygiene routine and make recommendations for improvement if necessary.
As your teeth are being cleaned the hygienist will scrape between teeth to remove hardened plaque. They will also polish your teeth and might recommend a fluoride treatment if they feel you will benefit from it.
What types of guidelines should I follow after my visit?
After your dental cleaning, it’s important that you continue to brush and floss regularly, use a fluoride toothpaste, and maintain a healthy diet.