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Is your next dental checkup right around the corner? If so, we are so excited to work with you! Many people have questions about dental cleanings, and if you’re one of those people, we are happy to help you by answering the following frequently asked questions.

When should I get my teeth cleaned?
Dentists generally recommend attending your dental checkups at least every six months. If you suffer from gum disease, your dentist may recommend attending more frequent checkups, like every three months. However, if you feel as though you need your teeth cleaned on a more regular basis, you are more than welcome to discuss that with your dentist.

Why are dental cleanings so important?
Dental cleanings are vital if you wish to have the best oral health possible. The cleaning process not only deeply cleans your teeth, but it also eliminates the risks associated with periodontal disease. Dental cleanings also prevent major dental issues and they give your dentist the chance to treat any problems at the early stages of development.

Are teeth cleanings painful?
Dental cleanings are not painful. They do, however, involve small tooth vibrations and small amounts of pressure. If these sensations make you feel uncomfortable, the dental team is more than happy to do whatever they can to help you feel more comfortable and safe. If it helps, you can establish a key word or signal that means “stop” before you begin your cleaning. That way, you will have the control and comfort you need in the dental chair.

What should I expect at a dental cleaning?
A teeth cleaning is simple and beneficial. First, your dentist or hygienist will remove the plaque from your smile with a small metal tool or with an ultrasonic vibration device. This is a very important step because it saves your smile from periodontal (gum) disease. Second, your dentist or hygienist will polish your teeth with a special paste, which might leave a gritty feeling in your mouth. But it won’t last long once you rinse your mouth. Third, your dentist or hygienist will floss between each tooth and will deeply clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, like your back molars and under your permanent retainer. Fourth, the dentist or hygienist will finish the cleaning by providing a fluoride treatment. The fluoride is likely to be flavored and it will come in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish.

How do I keep my smile clean after my appointment?
You can keep your smile clean by brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day. Brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your teeth at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash daily. If you can, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after each meal and snack.

If you have any questions that were not addressed in this blog, we invite you to call our office today and ask a member of our friendly dental team. We look forward to helping you!