During a dental cleaning at Daniel Dentistry, our dental hygienist will thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that gathers on teeth due to poor oral hygiene habits. Tartar is hardened plaque that has been left on the teeth for too long and is now firmly attached to your tooth enamel. Plaque and tartar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated. When plaque is not removed through regular brushing and flossing, it eventually hardens into calculus or tartar that can only be removed by a dentist using special tools. Our hygienist will then polish your teeth to leave you with a beautiful, clean smile!
How Often Should You Have A Dental Cleaning?
The frequency you should have your teeth cleaned varies, depending on your oral health and lifestyle factors. For example, healthy patients who eat well and practice good oral hygiene may need cleanings every three to six months. Those who do not take good care of their teeth and gums will likely need more frequent cleanings. Patients with gum disease who do not practice oral hygiene may require cleanings every three months or more often. Your dentist will recommend a specific treatment plan to help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.
How Are Dental Cleanings Performed?
During your routine checkup, your dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. They’ll polish your teeth, too, which helps remove surface stains and make your teeth look brighter and whiter. During cleaning, your dentist will carefully examine your mouth for signs of cavities or gum disease. They’ll also check for other early signs of tooth decay, such as small pits in your tooth enamel. These can be repaired with a filling or similar restorative dental treatment if caught early. If you wait until decay has damaged the tooth's innermost layer significantly, then your only option may be to get a dental crown.
The Benefits Of Dental Cleanings
Tartar buildup and plaque can lead to tooth decay, linked to severe health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. A professional dental cleaning regularly removes the bacteria and plaque that cause decay.
Prevent Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can cause the gums to bleed when brushing or flossing and can result in tooth loss. Professional dental cleanings remove tartar buildup from below the gum line and help keep the smile healthy.
When teeth are stained or discolored, they can affect the face's overall appearance. Regular professional cleaning can brighten the teeth for a healthy, attractive look.
Proper dental cleaning can prevent future cavities and other damage that can lead to the need for more costly dental treatments. For the best dental care, visit Daniel Dentistry at 19 Inverness Center Pkwy Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 967-0760.