Having your teeth cleaned professionally is an important step in preventing diseases of the mouth. Although you likely follow an oral hygiene routine that aids in the health of your teeth and gums, you will benefit greatly from having regular professional care.
In addition to brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash on a daily basis, regular checkups at our dental practice will help to keep your teeth in good condition. With consistent dental cleanings, you are less likely to experience decaying teeth, gum disease, and tartar and plaque buildup. During your regularly scheduled cleanings, our professionals will be more likely to spot problem areas before they become larger issues. At the very least, you should be getting regular dental cleanings every six months. Recently, the American Dental Association stated that patients’ cleaning schedules may vary if they are at higher risk for periodontal disease. Contact Southern Family Dental Care today to book your cleaning and discuss a cleaning schedule that is right for you.
Teeth Cleaning Procedure
Before scheduling a teeth cleaning, you may be wondering what the process entails. During your teeth cleaning, you can expect one of our team members to perform an examination of your teeth and gums. Using a small mirror, they will be able to determine any indication of gum disease or tooth decay. Next, a team member will use a scale and mirror to remove food particles from between the teeth and scrape away any visible tartar and plaque. While you are likely brushing and flossing on your own, we will perform a very thorough brush and floss that will complement the work you have already been doing, in order to touch on any areas of the teeth that may have been missed. Teeth cleaning generally ends with a fluoride treatment. This treatment promotes healthy teeth by protecting your teeth from caries for a long period of time.
After the Cleaning
While a teeth cleaning is standard preventative care, it may trigger some motivation for you to improve upon some of your oral hygiene habits at home. It is important to try to keep your mouth healthy in between professional teeth cleanings. The dentist might also recommend not to consume food or drinks for the next few hours in order to get the optimal outcome of the cleaning.
The best way to do this is by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing between the teeth daily, using a fluoride mouthwash, and continuing to keep a regular professional cleaning schedule. In addition, you may even consider decreasing the amounts of sugary snacks and drinks you are consuming as they may contribute to tooth decay. If you are a smoker, you may consider quitting as cigarettes have been linked to increases in oral bacteria that can cause gum disease among many other negative side effects, per the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.
If you are due for a teeth cleaning or you have not had one in a while, it may be time to give our team a call. This is a great step in preventative care that will help to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Contact Southern Family Dental Care at 470-410-9774 to schedule your cleaning today.