Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Plaque and tartar can cause bad breath and can lead to decay and cavities.

What is dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a preventive dentistry service that involves the removal of plaque and tartar from your smile. This treatment helps prevent tooth decay, cavities, periodontal disease, and other serious oral health issues.

Benefits and risks of dental cleanings

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque can still form on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that builds up along the gum line. If it isn’t removed through daily brushing and flossing it hardens into calculus or tartar. This can’t be removed with at-home hygiene tools or regular visits to the dentist. At-home dental care is important in order to prevent gum disease, but it won’t remove calculus that is not formed above the gum line. This is why regular dental visits are necessary for all patients. During your routine visit you will receive a professional cleaning to remove the buildup along your gum line. This helps to prevent gum disease by freshening your breath and removing harmful bacteria from your mouth. Your dentist will also check for any early signs of decay in your teeth. Catching cavities early on is the best way to prevent the need for costly restorative dentistry treatments like fillings or crowns down the road. Early detection can also help you to save on the cost of your procedure since treatment will be less invasive.

- Dr. Smith

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Types of dental cleaning

During a dental cleaning, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. He or she may also polish your teeth to help remove stains and whiten them. Your hygienist will also make sure to floss in between all of your teeth to make sure you’re removing all of the bacteria or other harmful substances that you can’t see just by looking in the mirror. Proper dental care at home is key to keeping your smile bright and healthy. Ask your dentist in [location] about the best at-home care routine for you!

- Dr. Edward Smith, DDS

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