Cleaning your teeth is really a non-negotiable task, especially if you plan on keeping them. However, there is a difference between cleaning them at home and letting a dentist perform a professional cleaning (also known as a dental prophylaxis). Here are some FAQ’s about teeth cleaning so that you can gain a better understanding of why it is important to do both:
What happens during a cleaning at your dental office?
A brief examination can determine whether you need a basic or deep cleaning. Regardless, teeth cleanings from your dentist are designed to remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums. This includes hardened layers of plaque that won’t come off with your toothbrush at home. These dental cleaning appointments go a long way to reinforce optimal oral health and protect your whole-body health.
Do professional dental cleanings hurt?
The cleanings you get from a hygienist or dentist are painless. Although we use more advanced tools for blasting away plaque and polishing your pearly whites, it should never hurt. If you simply can’t get over the possible discomfort of a professional cleaning, please let us know. There are things we can do to help you relax during your treatment.
Why are professional teeth cleanings considered preventive dentistry?
As previously mentioned, professional dental cleanings remove excess bacteria, plaque, tartar and other harmful materials in the mouth. These are substances that lead to gum disease, tooth decay, tooth stain, bad breath and other dental issues if left to linger on your teeth and gums. Two dental cleanings a year should prevent these disruptive problems as well as the costly treatments they may demand.
How regularly should I book professional teeth cleaning?
According to the American Dental Association, every patient (regardless of age or gender) should have their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. If you are considered high risk for gum disease or tooth decay, we may ask to see you more frequently. Remember these dental visits are required in addition to your routine oral hygiene habits that you perform at home.
How often should I clean my teeth at home?
We encourage our patients to brush their teeth twice daily with a soft bristled brush. You should spend two minutes brushing at each session. After 2 to 3 months, go ahead and change out that toothbrush for a new one.
Still have questions about cleaning your teeth? Don’t be afraid to ask us at Hollon Dental. Our goal is to help you maintain a healthy and confident smile – and dental cleanings are the cornerstone!