Dental Cleanings: Take Preventive Action To Preserve Your Oral Health

close up of tooth being professionally cleanedProfessional dental cleanings at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE, remove plaque and tartar from areas that are hard to reach through normal brushing and flossing. Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky recommend patients receive a professional teeth cleaning every six months in conjunction with a dental exam. Together, the two procedures are integral to preventive dentistry, and play an important role in maintaining your oral and overall health. 

Candidates for Dental Cleanings

We recommend regular dental cleanings for patients of all ages. Even toddlers may have a buildup of plaque and tartar and are at risk of developing cavities, and a professional dental cleaning can restore a child’s oral health.

As adults, it is important to go in for regular dental cleanings to reverse the damage done by plaque and tartar buildup that at-home brushing and flossing cannot eliminate. The bacteria in your mouth react with the sugars present in food to create acid, which slowly eats away tooth enamel, forming a cavity. Once formed, cavities may need restorative treatments such as fillings or crowns. Regular cleanings prevent the need for costly treatments and procedures in the future.

What to Expect during Your Dental Cleaning

Dental cleanings are performed in our office by one of our skilled dental hygienists and typically last less than an hour. When you come in for a cleaning, you will be met by one of our hygienists, who will first ask you questions concerning your brushing and flossing habits at home. 

Regular professional teeth cleanings can prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease, thus preserving your oral and overall health.

Your hygienist will then start your treatment by using an ultrasonic dental tool to loosen and remove large bits of tartar and wash away food particles and other debris. A curette or scaler will then be used to remove smaller deposits from each tooth. Once the plaque and tartar have been removed, your teeth will be cleaned and polished with a gritty toothpaste called prophylaxis paste. After your teeth have been polished, your hygienist will floss your teeth and you may receive a fluoride treatment. At the end of your cleaning, he or she will make recommendations about your brushing and flossing techniques so you can maintain your oral health at home. Your hygienist will notify your dentist if your gums bleed during the cleaning, as it may be a sign of gum disease.

Benefits of Dental Cleanings

Professional teeth cleanings play a key role in your oral and overall health in all stages of life. They are crucial in preventing the development of cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and other serious oral conditions. Additionally, problems with your oral health may be indicative of problems in your overall health as well. 

After a cleaning, your teeth will feel smooth and clean, and may even appear brighter and whiter, because a professional dental cleaning can often remove surface stains that make your teeth appear dull and yellowed.

Schedule Your Next Cleaning Appointment

Having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months can prevent tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, and other serious conditions. Hygienic cleanings are the key to achieving and maintaining a lifetime of excellent oral health. If you have not had your teeth professionally cleaned recently, contact us to schedule your next hygienic cleaning and dental exam.

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